Team Orion News

Horizon to distribute Orion in Europe


Team Orion has teamed up with Horizon Hobby Germany (GmbH) - The European subsidiary of Horizon Hobby LLC, USA is the new exclusive distributor of Team Orion’s world championship winning products in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Luxemburg and The Netherlands with immediate effect.

Horizon Hobby GmbH is based in Elmshorn near Hamburg and is active in the R/C market for more than 15 years. Thanks to their leading market position they will be able to make Team Orion products widely available in some of Europe?s most important markets.

With this new partnership, Team Orion?s aim is to strengthen its market penetration in Europe. Dealers are welcome to contact Horizon Hobby or Team Orion for more information.

Team Orion introduces R8.1 Pro ESC

Team Orion has properly introduced the R8.1 Pro ESC today. The R8.1 Pro is Team Orion’s competition speed controller for 1/8 scale racing vehicles. It is the bigger brother of the R10.1 World Champion speed controller and incorporates the same, great features – adapted to the bigger scale! Listen what Team Orion’s Super Star Drivers say about the brand new Team Orion Vortex R8.1 speed controller for 1/8 scale cars!



‘Mx’ to power Jared Tebo in 2015?


In mid-December we ran a story on Jared Tebo’s rumoured switch to OS Maxima power, having tried out the engine at a private Kyosho test session in Las Vegas after the Masters event. Tebo posted the following photo on his Facebook sharing a glance of what 2015 would look like, small adjustments to his colours for the season as well as more prominence for Maxima or ‘Mx’ on his body.


Most drivers tend to go with the unwritten formula of listing chassis sponsor first, then engine/motor, tyres, fuel, electrics etc. Further fueling the speculation that Tebo will be running a new powerplant for 2015, having said that, with Orion still listed as a sponsor might he be sticking with them on his electric programme ?

Source: JTPRC Facebook

Tebo tests OS Maxima for 2015 ?


Las Vegas’ newest RC facility hosted the first Kyosho Masters on US soil with the likes of Elliott Boots, Jerome Aigoin, Yuichi Kanai & Wataru Takashiro making the trip to join the US team drivers Jared Tebo & Cody King. Jared Tebo would go onto win the nitro buggy class whilst Elliott Boots staked his claim as Kyosho’s #1 driver in Europe by winning the EL buggy class.

However, racing aside, the team stayed on an extra day on Monday, testing with designer Kanai who was famously quoted in an interview disregarding much of team drivers’ feedback: “I typically try to make the decisions on my own instead of listening to the team drivers.

That said, Jared Tebo posted the above teaser photo, very rarely seen to utilise the ‘towel technique’ in the pits, according to sources Jared used the test day to try out the engines he is widely expected to be running in 2015; Maxima branded OS, new to most offroad circles and an extension of his sponsor relationship with fuel sponsor Maxima. Expect a formal announcement at the start of next year as to his plans.



Update: We were tipped off about a new photo from Facebook taken during the team’s test day which conclusively shows a light blue headed engine in what looks to be Tebo’s MP9 TKI3 (presuming it’s his car on his car stand) which is consistent with the Onroad colouration of the Maxima branded OS engines.

Joe Pillars wins South Valley Invert

Joe Pillars

The South Valley Invert offroad race was held on November 8th, 2014 and presented by Cottage Grove R/C Raceway in Central Oregon. For those who haven’t been to Cottage Grove Raceway, it is one of the hidden gems in the world of R/C tracks. The facility is top notch with easy-to-see bright yellow piping, smooth medium-high grip surface, and known to have some very wicked track layouts. The Invert format is also unique because of the reverse starting order on how you finish in A1. 3 rounds of qualifying determined the starting order of A1, but where you finish in A1 will determine where you start for A2, BUT in reverse order! After A2 is ran, the combined A1 and A2 finishing results will make the starting order for A3. This interesting format added a bit of spice to the recipe, making the racing more fun and challenging for everyone. More…

Team Orion Shop joins social media

Orion Shop Social Media

Team Orion is excited to announce the popular Team Orion Shop is now available via social media (Facebook and Twitter). The Team Orion Shop sells the entire Orion product line worldwide, including the world famous RS engine. The Team Orion Shop offers a free combo pipe with any engine purchase, and free shipping on any order over $600!

CLICK HERE to visit the Team Orion Shop!

Aigoin goes electric with Team Orion


1/8 offroad buggy star and and French National Champion, Jerome Aigoin, has announced that he will be using Team Orion brushless power for 2015. Jerome will be using an R8 ESC, VST2Pro 690 brushless motors, Carbon Pro LiPo batteries and the Touch Duo charger to power his cars. We saw Ryan Maifield make the switch to Orion brushless power, and shortly after he made the switch to Orion nitro power as well.

Could this be a sign Jerome Aigoin will also be joining the Team Orion nitro team in the near future? Cast your vote!

Orion announce Maifield nitro deal


8 months since the news of Maifield opting for Novarossi power in 2014, comes the sudden announcement from Team Orion that the TLR star will also be running their nitro line as of 2015, having signed for the electric side back in June.

Orion’s timing of the news is no coincidence, the news coming just a couple of days after Maifield lined up on pole for the IFMAR Worlds final, many tipping him for victory in a tense showdown with nationals rival Tessmann, it wasn’t to be however. The news comes as a slight surprise given Adam Drake’s influence in the TLR team and masterful knowledge when it comes to engine tuning and mileage, Maifield joins the likes of Phend, former team mate Cavalieri & Tebo running the CRF nitro powerplants.

 Adrien Bertin said, “Drivers of the caliber of Ryan Maifield have their choice of engines to run. It is with great satisfaction that we welcome Ryan in our team and admire his decision to run with Team Orion CRF engines. It is another confirmation of our successful product and team strategy.”

Is a reshuffle on the way for Team Orion with Maifield going 100% with the Swiss company ? Watch this space.

Orion releases new Touch V2 charger

Orion Touch V2

Two years have passed since the release of the original Team Orion Touch charger, and today they are proud to present the Touch V2 AC/DC charger. The V2 is a consequent advancement of the original Touch. It has more power (55W, up to 7A), features a new memory function for 6 battery settings, and while for the original Touch you had to download a new firmware to change its language, the V2 has all 6 language packs pre-installed! More…

Orion CRF RS Review: On the track


After an unpredictable European spring and summer finding the perfect conditions to test an engine has been anything but easy. With much assistance from the iPhone’s weather app we found a perfect day, borrowed an Inferno MP9, and headed to the track. Twenty six degrees celsius and a clear sky: perfect conditions; a cooler temperature would be too kind to our engine, whilst everything above the 24-25° means a fair challenge for any powerplant.

“It’s a powerful mill with Championship-winning pedigree that instantly reacts to skillful inputs.”

After installing the Orion CRF RS ABI engine in the car (thanks to, we started with the break-in by performing a ‘Japanese style’ procedure for the first 5 tanks with our Runner Time fuel.

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Continue the review…