The biggest thing on Tessman buggy is the new arms found on all four corners. These monocoque style arms are similar in design to the arms used on the HPI Apache vehicles and are stronger and keep dirt from building up inside the arm.
As most of this buggy is completely prototype, the shock tower is like nothing we’ve seen from Hot Bodies to date. Our best guess is that due to the finished look to all of the parts, a D9 buggy may be right around the corner.
The one piece radio tray has been carried over but in this, the battery box was removed and fitted with a graphite hold down for Ty LiPo receiver pack. You might also notice the same center diff cover from the truggy. This part appears to be a metal bit rather than the revised part from the Hara Edition kit.
The steering looks to be similar but a smaller bore bellcrank appears to be used. Having more material on the servo saver portion of the crank increases its strength. Out back you can get a good look at the new arm arms and geometry. In the back of those wheels appear to be new and much heavier bottomed rear hubs.
The rear shock tower doesn’t seem to be as finished as the front did. It is made of a thinner aluminum and has a ton of upper shock mounting holes. Looks like the Hot Bodies team is still experimenting with rear geometry a bit. On a side note, check out those trick shock guards that keep the dirt off the shock shafts!
Up front a rear toe block was modified to fit the front and give the arms a toed out sort of rake which is more forgiving through rough spots on the track. A view from the rear gives us a better look at that extended rear shock tower that allows the arms to be run more flat. You also can get a better feel for just how far apart the rear shocks are on Ty truggy. Proline Racing new Blockade VTR tires debuted in a big way. Ty Tessman used them all weekend and won the final. As you can see there is still a lot of tread left on the tires after a very tough 45 minute race!