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Serpent 966-E, introduction (30/11/2009)


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Serpent 966-e onroad 1/8

A full blown Serpent 966 4wd  racing chassis, powered by a 2800kV or more Brusless motor, 4 Lipo-packs ( 2 saddle packs 4800 or more), …… fasten your seat belts !

This is a fascinating  new step for 1/8 scale onroad racing and Serpent shows its innovative roots and passion   to create a purpose build conversion-set and a complete car-kit for this new category.

Serpent introduces the Serpent 966e as its answer to the growing interest in the market for electric powered rc cars and the interest for electric racing globally.  

The easy and strong brushless motors in connection with reliable speedo’s and  lots of power with Lipo batteries makes this category of racing become more popular and interesting.   The louder nitro-powered cars cant be used everywhere and at all times, so this might be a solution for noise threatened racetracks as well, indoor-racing and ofcourse drag-racing  !

The Serpent 966-E, shares the complete racing chassis with its gas-car brother Serpent 966, which is recognized as the best 1/8 scale onroad racing car today.

Innovation and  quality  combined into a sheer racing performance package.  Independent suspension, fully adjustable set-up, 3 belt-drive system. More chassis details also in the Serpent 966 pages.

The challenge of this project was to arrange the layout of all electronic components in such way that the optimal car balanced is maintained.  This combined with putting all components as low as possible in the car, for lowest center of gravity and to make sure the body can be mounted without cut-outs for improved aerodynamics..

Thus we decided to create a purpose made  holder  in which the batteries ( 2 saddle packs = 4 cells)  are hold securely in place and at the same time have the right weight balance.   This holder consist of a bottom holder, bottom bracket, middle bracket and top-plate. Its topped of with a strong CNC machined carbon fibre radioplate.

The middle brackets offers enough space to the most commonly used speed controllers, even very big ones, and the receiver and switch.

The middle section has been designed in such way that the cables are short, well hidden and protected to create a nice, clean finish.

The batteries are held securely in place and are still very accessable for charging, even inside the car.

The motormount is a sturdy, precision CNC machined and anodized  T6 aluminium design, which keep the brutal forces of the brushless motor well under control.  The motorplate connects in the front to the anodized aluminum radioplate bracket and in the rear to the aluminium 2-speed bracket.  A very strong, torsion free and very accessible structure.

The direct drive system with  17,18, 19 or 20T gearpinions, combines with 44, 45 or 46T gears, and leads the power of the BL motor to the drive-system.

Around 2640 grams, including all batteries, speedo and motor.  
Runtime will depend on many factors, like motor, batteries, surface, track, gear-ratio and driving style.  Between 5 and 10 minutes is possible.

The lack of engine-noise is easily balanced by the sheer performance and acceleration. Racing the 966-e takes only little to driving style, as the brutal power and huge torque is instantly available and requires excellent throttle control , but its easy to adapt to.

Still 4wd, but in single speed fashion , its lot of power to control and a new sensation definitely.  

The Serpent 966 well-proven suspension-set up can handle the sheer power of the electric power well and offers  a wide sweetspot  in terms of set-up and handling. The design team created a very well balanced racing car.

Serpent 966-e kit # 904000
Serpent 966-e conversion-set  # 904100