Barely a week after announcing their renewed commitment to 1/10th Offroad Serpent have unveiled their Billy Easton designed 2WD 1/10th buggy – the Spyder SRX-2. According to RC-News.de the car has a plastic tub chassis, 13mm big bore shocks, lower arms made from fibre reinforced plastic, front and rear carbon fibre shock towers as well as carbon battery holder and a cab forward body.
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Precirotate announced the release of the ‘V2′ verison of their S1 1/10th scale 2WD Offroad buggy just over 4 months after the news of the original S1 – from the looks of things the V2 has received a significant change with narrower sideguards tightly packing the battery, speedo and receiver better than the S1 locating them closer to the centre line – evident from the images below and a chassis sporting different screw holes.
[Specification] – Length: 415mm | Width: 248mm | Height: 138mm | Wheelbase: 284mm | Gear Ratio: 2.6:1 | Weight: 1530g approx. | (7.4V/4400mAh)
Serpent are the latest manufacturer to allocate time and resources to the hot topic of 1/10th Offroad announcing a full armada of iterations of 1/10th offroad cars they are planning to bring to market, first up is a 2WD buggy which willl be shown next week at the Toyfair in Germany.
Serpent is working on a full line of 1/10 scale off-road cars, headed by 1/10 2WD buggy World Champion Billy Easton. The 1st release will be the SPYDER SRX-2, the 1/10 scale 2WD buggy, which will be shown at the 2013 Toyfair in Germany next week, and is planned for release in May 2013. For later 2013 and 2014 other versions are planned such as 2WD Short Course, 2WD Truck, 4WD buggy, 4WD Short Course and also some Ready to Race versions. More details to follow.
In an exclusive interview with NeoBuggy, HB / HPI driver Atsushi Hara revealed HB plans to enter the 1/10th market with a 4WD buggy in time for the World Championships which will be held in Chica, California in September. It won’t come as a complete surprise given the attendance of Hara and HB team mate Ty Tessmann at this year’s Reedy Race in La Mirada, CA.
In the video interview Hara explained the duo are still running other brand cars with Tessmann running Associated 2WD & 4WD, whilst Hara ran AE at last year’s Reedy, this time he chose to run Durango’s 4WD buggy and surprisingly a mid-motor Kyosho RB6 – citing the fact that the AE car is very good but given that Neumann won last year’s event with a Durango he was running that to test and understand where it might be faster as well as different.
As mentioned, unusually Hara’s running mid-motor in 2WD – a layout more normally found on carpet and astro not used much on dirt however he used an XFactory X6 years ago at the Hot Rod Hobbies shootout and simply wants to see if he can figure out a setup on dirt due to the high corner speed possibilities.
After two years spent focusing on their 1/8th Buggy products, SWORKz have turned their attention to a quieter more refined class, namely 1/10th Offroad, they’ve kindly released some CAD photos of the new ‘EK1′ Pro Kit with plans to release a Sport/RTR version later on with the ‘EX1′ name. Whilst the 4WD buggy is a true 1/10th racer straight out SWORKz say they’ve used many of the tricks and design tips learned from their 1/8 electric buggy in the development of the 4WD S104 EK1, firmly believing that the car will be very strong yet very light and nimble to drive.
The narrow chassis design comes standard with SWORKz own ‘X-System’ transmission which they say provides a ‘powerful punch’ on acceleration, fully equipped all round with big bore shocks and oil filled gear diffs the S104 is designed for maximum traction on a variety of surfaces and also features a Pivot Ball style steering setup. Expect more details after the Nuremberg toy fair at the start of February.
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