After the sale of HPI to Ripmax last month, there has been some wonder what would become of its sister brand, Hot Bodies. It turns out a Swiss company called Neidart S.A. Active has purchased HB and will be rebranding it HB Racing. Active in the RC market since 1968, Neidhart S.A. is the founder of the IFMAR World Champion brand Team Orion and nVision. “My goal is to continue the HB Racing success story by creating first class products, unrivaled support for our customers, and racer satisfaction around the world” says Philippe Neidhart, owner of Neidhart S.A. With 3 IFMAR World Champion titles and countless international race wins, the new leadership at HB Racing looks to continue that tradition of success with innovative high performance RC racing products, improved worldwide parts support, and extended worldwide distribution channels. Neidhart S.A. has chosen key staff members with RC industry experience to strengthen the brand. HB Racing products will be designed by Torrance Deguzman in California, who most notably designed the successful D815, D413 and D216 cars. Marketing will be under the leadership of Kent Clausen, past IFMAR World Champion, and 2-time IFMAR World Champion Adrien Bertin will be the HB Racing Technical Manager.
Based on feedback from racers and suppliers, spare parts availability is a top priority for the new HB Racing management team, with immediate action already underway to improve parts availability around the world. Beyond getting a strong support system in place, HB Racing has several exciting new kits in the pipeline, with the D815V2 1/8 nitro off-road buggy set for August release (and a defense of the 1/8 World Champion title later this year), and the RGT8 1/8 nitro on-road GT Class racer set for release in September. And that’s just the start, with many updates and new projects already in the planning stages.
On the racing scene, Team Drivers Ty Tessmann (current IFMAR World Champion) and David Ronnefalk (EFRA European Champion) will represent HB Racing at major events around the world. Both Ty and David will not only be in contention at the races, they will also help with product development and racer support.