07 May 2013 16:49 by Phil
Earlier today Kyosho’s driver/designer guru Yuichi Kanai announced somewhat ‘low key’ that he and Team Orion would be going their seperate ways, its the second time a former World Champion Kyosho driver departs the Switzerland based powerhouse after 2010 World Champion Cody King failed to agree contractual terms and switched to race Reds engines in 2013 who offered a better deal. No doubt Orion have been shrewd over the winter having consolidated the talent they have on their books with muti-year deals for many key drivers…
We spoke with Orion’s engine developer guru Adrien Bertin who kindly issued an exclusive statement on Kanai’s departure:
“Sadly, Team Orion and Yuichi Kanai have been unable to come to an agreement for their future collaboration and both parties have decided to part ways.
Team Orion wishes good success to Yuichi Kanai for his future endeavors. We will of course continue developing and producing engines based on the CRF world champion technology and our motivation is as strong as ever. Our current team comprises several high profile international drivers such as Jared Tebo, Ryan Cavalieri, David Ronnefalk, Dakotah Phend, Casey Peck and new comers Reno Savoya, Drew Moller. Expect more strong showings from Team Orion CRF engines at international and local races. The legend goes on!”
Via Adrien Bertin
07 May 2013 11:14 by Phil
Kanai waves goodbye to Team Orion power
Surprise news from Kyosho’s Buggy guru designer / godfather of the Inferno series of buggys Yuichi Kanai – announcing his departure from engine sponsor Team Orion – Kanai having run for the Swiss company which was purchased by Kyosho (in 2007) since 2009. The move comes as a surprise given Kyosho’s owning stake in Orion which rouses our suspicions a bit that something might be going on…
“I had decided to leave from Team Orion by my personal reason, it was very hard for me to make the decision. Thank you very much for the great help and support of Team Orion past days, especially great thanks to Philippe and Adrien, they have been taking care of me a lot. In the time, I had very happy to work with them and enjoyed the team a lot. Thank you very much for everything and I wish Team Orion Products all the success in the future.”
01 March 2013 12:32 by Phil
Just in time for the 2013 Worlds year, Orion have announced that defending double World Champion Ryan Cavalieri will be running the firm’s speed controllers as of today having previously used LRP’s models, most recently winning the 2013 Reedy Offroad Race. The Cavalieri – Orion partnership goes back an impressive 7 years – running the full line up of BL motors, nitro engines, batteries and chargers.
“I would first like to thank Jurgen and Reto from LRP. They have provided me with great support over the years and have helped me win 3 IFMAR World Championships along with many other races. I would also like to thank Philippe Neidhart, Oscar Jansen, and Joe Pillars for the great continued support of Team Orion Products.
Team Orion has been behind me basically from the start of my professional career and it feels great to now run the complete power package.“
Orion tell us that Cav will be debuting the full Orion setup at the Cactus Classic, in just over two week’s time.
01 February 2013 08:58 by Phil
New from Team Orion come the Vortex VST2 Pro electric brushless motors. Introduced just before the fair and already successful by winning the prestigious Reedy Race of Champions in the hands of Team Orion Factory driver Ryan Cavalieri just a week ago the motors are redesigned from the ground up and feature a new vented can design with dual sensor port endbell for more sensor routing possibilities and also speedo programming through the port, the motors sport pre-shaped heavy-duty solder tabs, better magnet efficiency, an extra thick connection ring for the copper winding and the motors come including a magnet removal tool for easy maintenance.
The motors are available in all popular windings from 3.5T to 9.5T, as special stock variant and also as ‘outlaw’ 4-pole variant. Additionally the VST2 Pro also comes as 4.5T to 7.5T 550-size 2-pole motor and 4000kv 4-pole variant. The motors include a special plastic part that optionally covers the solder tabs and that acts as a guide for the sensor wire if needed.
Story & photos: www.Area52.cc
24 January 2013 12:10 by KevinR
A day after announcing the release of their new Advantage ONE406 charger, Team Orion released the following information of their completely new Vortex VST2 motor design…
The VST2 Pro features a convenient dual sensor port system which allows the motor to be installed in your car in the best possible way. The empty port can be used to easily program your ESC through the motor. A protection cap for the second port is included. In 1/8 off-road racing robustness is incredibly important. For the VST2 Pro motor we use an extremely robust and massive aluminum case in combination with high quality screws. We also improved the cooling with a new ventilation concept. With the 4 pole technology the brand new VST2 Pro are as smooth and powerful as never before. The torque of these power plants is just amazing! We use high quality stator materials in combination with precision balanced rotors for highest efficiency and power output. The easy to use low resistance tabs complete the great features of the motor which is available in three different KV versions.
23 January 2013 05:44 by KevinR
Team Orion’s latest addition to their charger family is an affordable entry level charger which features four buttons and a backlit 2-line LCD display. The Advantage ONE406 is capable of charging LiPo, LiFe, NiCd and NiMH batteries with a current of 1-6 Amps. A balancing plug is integrated into the case which is designed in the same style like the Advantage touch chargers. The 406 can be powered on an AC mains or a 12-15V DC power source. Read More…
22 January 2013 16:56 by Phil
After the news of their ‘hump’ receiver pack yesterday, Orion have been at it again – releasing a new 8000 mAh capacity hard case LiPo battery. It is the first battery Orion have with a double connector which they say drastically reduces the resistance in the battery pack.
“Combined with the World Championship winning 90C Carbon Pro LiPo battery technology this is the battery to beat in 2013! The new 8000mAh battery is available with gold plugs or Dean’s® connectors.”
Part # ORI14056 & ORI14057
21 January 2013 19:11 by Phil
Team Orion have released a monster LiPo receiver battery pack for those racers who simply can’t get enough laps out of a single session be it practice or a 60 minute long World Championship Final, incidentally we hear that this battery was used at the recent Worlds in Argentina by amongst others 4th placed Orion driver David Ronnefalk.
“With a capacity of 2500 mAh and a very precisely built semi-soft case these batteries will give you more runtime and more stable voltage throughout the race. The pack is available with the uni plug in a hump layout.”
Part # ORI12259 | Weight 104g
18 January 2013 00:15 by KevinR
In a statement posted yesterday on his official site, 2010 World Champion Cody King
appears to hint that any extension of his deal with Team Orion appears to be dragging on, perhaps even subtly hinting that ‘the times they are a changin
‘… ? Whilst Cody has yet to quite recapture the magical form he found just at the right time in Thailand for the Worlds he remains one of only four drivers to have made the Worlds final on the last three occasions
- an impressive feat he shares with Batlle, Maifield and Hara. Cody King
has been part of the Orion factory team for just shy of four years, joining the team in February 2009.
“…ALL Cody’s contracts expired this year, so we had a “happy but not too happy” holiday season. Here are the things that are settled:
Chassis – Kyosho through 2014 (of course!), Tires – Proline 2013, Fuel – Byron 2013, Radio – KO Propo 2013
There are still a few things up in the air, stay tuned!” - CodyKingRC.com
16 January 2013 11:14 by KevinR
The 25th Annual CRCRC Winter Mid-West Electric Off-Road Championships were held this past weekend in Jeffersonville, OH. This is known as the first big electric off-road race of the New Year as well as being one of the longest on-going races to date. This year’s event reached an outstanding 355 entries! Team Orion would once again have 2 of their aces in attendance this year with Jared Tebo and Ryan Cavalieri. 2wd Modified Short Course: Team Orion/AE Factory Driver Ryan Cavalieri would TQ every round of qualifying to take the overall TQ! Cavalieri went onto win A-Main #1 and #2 in convincing fashion to take home the 2wd Modified Short Course Championship with his Team Orion powered Associated SC10!
1. Ryan Cavalieri (TQ) – LRP – Team Orion – Team Orion
2. Joe Bornhorst – Tekin – Tekin – Turnigy
3. JP Richards – Speed Passion – Reedy – Team Orion
4. Cody Turner – Team Orion – Team Orion – Team Orion
5. Jason Jakubczyk – Team Orion – Team Orion – Team Orion