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> Serpent SRX8 GTE 1/8 EP (#600058)

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Electric cars > 1/8 onroad

The SRX8-GTe is an all new electric powered platform specifically designed for the 1/8th “GT” category. The car is based off the high level of performance experienced in the SRX8-GT and proven durability of the SRX8 line of cars. With Balance and speed in mind we opted for the saddle layout, which opened up many additional advantages in the design and performance on the track. Additionally speaking, the SRX8-GTe benefits from a vast assortment of high performance options already available for SRX8 line of vehicles. This new model racing car is no different than many of our latest releases; we innovate at every opportunity and push the industry to new heights. With the highest quality materials, our plastics and metals simply can’t be beat. Our designs can be copied, but our quality can’t!!!!

> Description

When it comes to road course racing, chassis width and corner clearance is huge, this controls the lean and body roll in all directions. In addition to that, the roll and lean angles ultimately control the maximum cornering force. We kept the chassis the narrowest in nature that was possible, while increasing the corner clearance. However, we took it another step further. We pioneered the front of the chassis to adhere to the ROAR and IFMAR rules of a minimum kick-up angle, while increases clearance, for curbs, uneven track and under heavy braking. This also allows for a nice mounting surface and easy to find body posts as they will be facing fully vertical. All these great design concepts are nicely nestled in a 7075-t6 aluminum alloy chassis. This chassis will take the abuse and stand the test of time.

Both the front and rear suspension will get the same treatment. The sway bar will be securely fastened and the left and right play can be adjusted. You can be rest assured there is not un-necessary friction and your roll bar is fully operation when driving your race car.

In addition to the ball raced roll bars. The arms have a captured pivot-ball for the sway bar. This design allows you to adjust the play of the ball as well as make sure you have no binding in any direction when your suspension operates. The plastic nut, keeps the ball retained into position. You can replace the plastic cap with an aluminum optional version if you like a more secure nut.

Carried over from our successful SRX8 is the C-hub front end and long rear arm. The rear arm offers 2 length arms, short and long. Aside from the arm length, we have gone another step further and refined the suspension geometry for maximum cornering. Through countless hours of testing, the new arm risers both on the front and rear compliment this GT to a whole new level of performance. If that is not enough you can outfit the top and bottom of the arms with nylon or carbon arm stiffeners to control the flex characteristics.

The shock towers have all been optimized to give you the proper up and down travel for the most demanding Racing circuits out there.

The front and rear suspension arms, both feature arm plates that can be added, removed or swapped out for Carbon fiber. This feature can be used for a host of reasons, which can include looks and or performance.

Depending on your grip level and track surface, you can adjust the stiffness of the SRX8-GTe’s arms. Generally stiffer arms have a more linear feel but can reduce grip. This happens by forcing the shock to do more work.

A softer arm can increase grip by reducing the shocks importance, but can also give the car a less direct feeling. All of these adjustments can have a huge impact on your lap time and results.

The Rear uprights come fully machined from 7075-T6 aluminum. We anodized them black and then dolled them up a bit with some nice machined silver edges. Aside from their stunning appearance, they also have Rubber CVD boots to keep the grease contained. This minimizes wear and maximizes your cars life. In addition to, the Roll center can be adjusted in 4 positions for the short arm and also 4 positions in the long arm. On a day when you are feeling bored at the track, give some of these adjustments a try, we think you will be impressed with how much more speed you can find.

The front Caster blocks have been tested rigorously. We settled on 10 degrees, as it seemed to produce the best lap times. Aside from the angle, they are fully machined from 7075-T6 aluminum and also have nice machined silver edges.  They also have setscrews that hold all pins into position, ensuring you will finish every single race you start. They also have steering stop screws that can be used to limit the steering throw to the absolute perfect of angles.    

The Front steering spindle, made from 7075-T6 is black anodized with silver machined edges. This part is a carryover part from the SRX8. It also includes a rubber CVD boot to keep the driveshaft greased, to minimize wear.

The steering spindle also accepts 5 different Ackermann plates. 0,1,2,3,4. Generally 0 is the easiest steering while 4 is more aggressive. You can fine tune your GT’s steering to fit your driving needs. All plates can be easily identified by the notch marks in the side of the plate.

16mm threaded shocks with o ring seals. Carried over from our previous GT, these foolproof shocks have never let us down. They have extremely tough 4mm shock shafts and aluminum shock caps. The threaded bodies make it super easy to get the ride height or tweak settings you might be looking for. The shock can be set up in a variety of ways depending on your configuration. With “Pro “caps available as optional you can have Emulsion or bladder shocks all in one cap.

The SRX8-GTe also comes with fully adjustable front and rear body mounts, and platforms. The platforms are oversized to make sure the body had plenty to rest on and held in place with a sold metal pin.

The posts themselves are extra-long so that they can be cut to length depending on what body you prefer and positioned with the use of a threaded screw.

A new addition to the SRX8-GT is the Rear Diffuser. Testing showed amazing results with this part. More stability, ease of driving, better air flow in and out of the body and faster lap times.

Finally, we get to the front bumper. We supply an oversized large foam bumper in the kit.  The bumper is firmly mounted between the upper and lower bumper. This solid mounting allows you to take more direct impact and ensure your car will be properly protected. The bumper can be trimmed to fit most if not all bodies currently in the market

If you have a good thing, let’s keep it going... That is exactly what we did with the ball bearing raced sway bars. We introduced this first the 1.8thoffroad and then followed that up into our GT line of cars.

The ring gear is 44t, while the pinion is 13t, giving you the optimal gearing for the GT class.  The internal Ratio of the differential is 2:1 which is industry standard.

As mentioned above there are some new adjustments, but some old ones as well. The 7075-T6 brackets also allow you to fully adjust the front kick-up 0,0.5,1,1.5 and 2 degree increments.

The rear anti-squat is no different as you can adjust that from 1,1.5,2,2.5,3 degrees, and the Toe-in adjustment can be made, 2,2.5,2.75,3,3.25,3.5 and 4 degrees using the inserts provided in the kit.

Not only can you adjust the toe, anti-squat and kick angle, why not throw in Roll Center height adjustments as well. We spare no expense when it comes to performance and this SRX8-GTe is no exception. We have also added new RC shims to adjust the roll center at 1 and 2 mm off the chassis plate.

This allows you to fine tune your kick angle, anti-squat and Roll center height further than ever before. We understand winning is an addiction and to be honest, with all these features, nothing will stand in your way.

A carry over from our Nitro on road heritage, the GT program was upgraded with fully aluminum bulkheads and suspension brackets, additionally the SRX8-E Center diff mount, Motor Mount and motor mount slide. All these components are included in the kit and made from 7075-T6.

They are black anodized with Silver shiny edges, how stylish is that? The looks are 2nd to no other brand, even if other companies have jumped on the band wagon, you can  be proud you purchased the original trend setting style.

The next few items are sure to blow away the competition and to further establish the Serpent brand as an innovator. The SRX8-GT will be the first to come with not only 4 adjustable diff positions, but it will also come with easy access differentials.

The 4 adjustment positions will allow the racer to fine to his model race car from the lowest grip, all the way to the highest grip conditions. Both the front and rear bulkheads share the same Diff inserts, and pinion holders, to minimize extra parts and to maximize your racing fun. The differentials both front and rear can be removed and replaced in a matter of seconds. This gives you no reason not to freshen them up, fine tune or rebuild your differential.

To deliver the power to the ground the center differential was removed and replaced with a super light weight spool. Whether you are on a high grip track and need maximum acceleration, or want to do some sick drifting in the street, we are sure you will really enjoy this upgrade.

The spool adapts the SRX8-E’s 44 tooth Module 1 spur gear, so it will accept all popular brands of pinion gears.

A new addition to the SRX8-GTe is a flat steering system. Since minimal kick-up angles are used there was no need to have the angled steering system seen on our Off-road cars. We took the successful steering system from our SRX8 and SRX8e and created a version specifically for our GT cars. Not only did it allow us to continue to use our existing Ackerman plates, but it also allowed us to lower the CG of the bulkheads and further enhance this cars ability to corner with less body roll. Keeping the most consistent Ackermann curves helps to ensure you are getting exactly what you expect with no surprises, when you approach a turn, travel through and then exit. The end outcome is more efficient cornering with less tire wear.

In order to fully utilize our steering system and make sure this model does exactly as you command. The steering servo is mounted to a beautifully crafted 1 piece servo mount made from 7075-t6 aluminum.  That mount then is directly mounted to the chassis to create the most solid foundation a servo could ask for. If precision is something you want in your RC model, look no further, this SRX8-GTe is for you.

At the front and rear of this Asphalt slaying machine we took some pride in trying to have as symmetrical flex possible. In testing it was shown to have a positive effect on lap times as well as handling left and right into a corner. This SRX8-GTe utilizes a top deck that is mounted directly to the center bulkhead as well as the rear bulkheads. The chassis uses the twist of the top deck mounted in the center of the chassis to control the twist of the chassis while still providing super stiffness front to back. With Controllable twist, you can generate more cornering force, while still having the front to back stiffness; you can further enhance the grip out of the corners. Don’t be afraid to crack open the throttle out of the corners or push harder than ever before in the corners. This baby will take all you can give it.

When Center of Gravity (CG) and weight distribution have huge effects on how an RC car will perform, why not maximize it. In the GT class where you race on high grip asphalt and the cars ability to corner depends on how well it can utilize the tires. We simply say…” lower is better”, generally speaking the higher the grip the bigger the advantage of low CG.  This SRX8-GTe has the batteries mounted directly on the chassis; it can’t get better than that. The batteries are secured in place by plastic mounts and then fixed into position with Velcro straps. Just remember, race cars are built for performance, not luxury.

The SRX8-GT chassis comes equipped with holes pre drilled into the chassis for optional weights. At Serpent we understand the need for being able to adjust the weight distribution of your racing machine. This GT will be no exception as you can add a 25-gram weight to the front and/or rear. The weights will be sold separately but the chassis is ready to accept them.

The front and rear gear differentials are fully sealed, adjustable and light weight. The differentials viscous nature can be adjusted to each track condition by changing the viscosity of the silicone oil used to fill it.

Being involved with the Gt category from almost the beginning, Serpent has understood the direction and path necessary to produce a race winning car. The SRX8-GTe was a collaborated effort of many individuals dedicated to the Serpent Brand. Working tirelessly on new concepts, suspension geometry, product assembly and durability, our team was able to create an absolute monster of a product. The SRX8-GTe has innovations at virtually every corner, while being one of the easiest cars we have ever produced to work on. Here at Serpent we are extremely proud of the SRX8-GTe and have taken great pride in the design, from top to bottom. We didn’t just want to make a new car, we wanted to make a new car that simply changed the game.  If you’re looking for sheer performance and quality in one product, look no further the SRX8-GTe is the one for you, this product is simply rivaled by no-one.

Billy Easton
Serpent designer