Tessmann D8 12 looks to be mostly what Ty and his father Gord designed over 2011 with a few ideas carried over from Hara prototype car. According to Ty, the car is the result of a joint effort between Hara, Miura Masayuki, Torrance Deguzman, Gord & Ty, going on to say, the D8 was always a very durable and easy to drive car, if the track was smooth and high bite the car worked very well, but we needed something that handled better on rough and blown out tracks.
This was achieved by modifying the geometry, although Tessmann remained tight lipped on the subject. We obviously cannot talk about the geometry of the car yet but we believe that we have a package that is extremely good.
Hinge pin inserts have been used to achieve an incredible amount of adjustment while retaining the durability. Steering geometry is also updated, to get a lot more steering but at the same time not losing the stability with that steering. There is a steel insert at the rear of the chassis. Based on Hara request, that insert stands up to an incredible amount of wear.
Another unique feature on the car are the monocoque suspension arms, those type of arms are in two parts, with a top cover. We understand lead weights can be placed in them, we wonder what the benefits of this are.
After his double Championship victory at the Nats, Ty summed up his feelings with the new car. Overall I feel very confident that I can drive this car in any type of track conditions, as you could tell by my practice results and first qualifiers, we were playing catch up at the beginning, but this car is still very new to us but we were able to adapt the setup to make it work and be successful.
The more time we have on this car things can only get better. No release date yet, we understand there is still a lot of work on the car before it can be released.