Serpent has just released the first CAD renderings and technical info about the Viper 988E. The designers of this new 1/8 scale racing car managed to reduce weight, improve weight distribution and efficiency and created a layout that makes super easy to work on for quick setup adjustments and maintenance.
The Viper 988E has been designed for maximum driveline efficiency. The design is taken from the 1/10th electric where efficiency is very important and adapted to the power of the 1/8th application.
The main NEW features of the Viper 988E:
- Two belt layout with perfect weight distribution and improved transmission efficiency.
- Very light, ultra-narrow 4mm chassis-plate with symmetric layout and central fixing points for suspension, batteries and electronics
- Ultra-true, low-friction mid shaft assembly, featuring 2 big-size ball bearings.
- The assembly is easy to remove for spur gear changes and general maintenance
Carbon, vertical twin top deck design, creating the backbone of the car. It gives the chassis the perfect balance between torsional flex and longitudinal stiffness.
- Multiple layout options to allow for 4-S layout. And also 6-S layout.
The 4mm aluminium chassis has perfect symmetrical shape for even flex and weight distribution. The ultra-narrow chassis is very light, while it still remains stiff in combination with the carbon vertical top deck backbone. The Viper 988E logo is laser engraved.
A carbon spacer for the rear end stiffens the chassis and acts as a location device for the bulkheads and brackets of the rear suspension.
The newly developed front Flow bumper is a very durable and offers removable inserts. It’s very easy and quick to change the aerodynamic characteristic in a matter of seconds. By just removing or adding the inserts to increase or decrease steering and turn-in.
The strong aluminium front body posts are eccentric, to allow movement of the body a few mm forward and backwards to optimize steering and downforce.
The long durable front lower wishbones are in a new hollow type design with closed bottom for improved aerodynamics and have separate top mounted moulded inserts. An aluminium shock mount plate is screwed onto the lower wishbone. This allows the shock attachment point to be placed further outwards improving shock motion. The front lower arms are mounted to the front brackets with nylon holders. The kit includes 2 versions: in and out. This system also enables quick and easy front drive shaft maintenance.