Interview about the HB D815 with Ty Tessmann
From his early days racing the Lightning buggy, Ty has become one of the few racers who has a real chance to win at any track, against the toughest competition in the world. Ty celebrated his first World Championship win in late 2014 and quickly got back to developing the D815 as soon as he got back home to Canada.
What makes the D815 so special for you to drive?
The D815 is not only driveable, meaning it's easy to drive, but it also handles really good on the track. I can change whatever I need for the track I'm racing on, plus it's super durable, I don't have to worry about it falling apart or breaking during an hour-long main.
What's new on the D815 that makes it even better than the D812?
We've put a lot of work into developing the D815 so it has more grip in the rear end and it feels better at high speeds, the rear roll center adjustments we can do now are a big change for us to make it handle better, so it does exactly what you want it to do. Also the drivetrain is simpler so it's stronger, with a lower weight and it's more free now for less resistance.
Are there any special new parts that especially helped you win the Worlds?
The new caster blocks have an extra inner hole that I used in Sicily, and also with the new steering blocks I was able to run 20 degrees of caster, which really helped settle the car down at the higher speeds. Those parts and the new rear hubs really helped me win at the Worlds.
I'm really looking forward to the 2015 season with the D815, if you're at the track, come by and say hi! I'm pretty quiet normally but I'll do my best to help you out.