Serpent’s Ready To Strike Cobra 1/8 Electric Buggy

May 01, 2013 No Comments by

Previously this car was only available as a kit but now Serpent offers it in a RTR package complete with Dragon RC electronics. Here is the press release from Serpent:

Serpent now offers the Cobra E-Buggy also in a Ready To Race, to make this superb car even more attractive to a broader customer base, so also Hobby racers can now join in for the action. Serpent already offers the Cobra Be Sport as entry level kit, but this RTR version includes it all.

Top quality components packed in a Ready-to-race package, the best start a Hobby-driver can make.

High end racing chassis with top quality parts, impressive 2.4 GHz transmitter with nice LCD screen and easy menu, Waterproof electronic speed controller with small footprint, which fits the E-buggy holder like a glove combined with a strong 1850KV brushless motor with lots of torque.

Main features:

  • Race ready high performance electric ? buggy
  • Expert pre-assembled and pre-set
  • 4wd with carbon shafts, 3 compact ,durable gear diffs, super-easy machined aluminum motor mount, super low longitudinal battery boxes, Compact speedo-servo mount, unique angled steering system, 16mm big bore shocks, balanced anti-roll bars FR and RR, 7075 T6 alu shock tower FR and RR, durable suspension and transmission parts, captured suspension pins, the works !!
  • Dragon-RC pistol type transmitter 2.4 GHz with large LCD screen
  • Dragon-RC 120A waterproof speed controller
  • Dragon-RC powerful 1850kv brushless sensorless motor
  • Dragon-RC 10.5kg strong servo with metal gears
  • Dragon-RC high grip premounted race tires and wheels
  • Prepainted and precut ultra-low Cobra body shell and large nylon rear aero-wing
  • Full color user manual and decal set included

Features

  • Transmitter and receiver
  • The Dragon RC pistol type transmitter comes with a nice large LCD screen, which makes is easy to select through the easy menu’s. The small and light receiver is fitted inside the radio box of the car.

Speed-controller

The electronic speed controller is a fully Waterproof 120A unit from with a small footprint which fits the Cobra like a glove. The new modern design is very small and attractive looking. Top quality soft silicone covered cables.

Brushless motor

The brushless sensorless motor is a strong 1850kv unit which gives lots of torque and amazing top speed. , and is anodized in same bronze color as the other alu parts of the car.

Chassis plate

Chassis plate in 3mm 7075 T6 aluminum. Kick-up angle on front for stabile landings. Countersunk holes. Slots to locate the front and rear suspension mounts precisely. Angled sides to increase stiffness.

Bumper

Aligned with chassis kick-up for precise landings and to protect front suspension holder and anti-roll bar.

Chassis stiffeners

Composite stiffener front and rear, to give extra stiffness, but still allow some flex as needed.

Central radio / servo mount

Composite compact radio box which offers good space for the steering servo and the receiver.

Battery-cases / side-guards

The main eye catchers are the extremely low laydown longitudinal placed battery-packs at each side of the car, being part of the side-guards, securely fastened with a flip top-lid, for easy and fast battery changes. The weight low in the car and in the right position, well balanced. The Lipo holders comply with ROAR legal packs / dimensions.

Motor mount:

The motor is placed in the most optimal position in the car, keeping motor-forces and transmission parts / alignment in mind. Only one-screw is needed to secure the BL motor, in the nicely designed durable machined aluminum motor mount. Space for additional motor-cooling available as needed.
The space for the motor allows a maximum motor-length of 70mm, which covers most widely used motors ( except for the truggy / monster truck motors).

Steering blocks assembly

Composite steering blocks combined with 10 degree C-hubs for precise steering. Spring steel wheel-axles with large size bearings and larger inner with precision threaded aluminum wheel-hubs with offset . Flanged and serrated wheel nuts to guarantee that you will not lose a wheel nut in a race.

Front suspension

Durable oversized lower suspension arms in strong composite nylon. On the lower side the special shaped down stops screws are mounted. The lower shock-mounting pins are secured with a small grub screw from the bottom.

Front anti-roll bar

The balanced front anti-roll bar system, consist of a spring steel bend wire, which is guided through the diff-cases and runs in balanced steel adaptors. The wire is linked to the lower suspension arm, with a captured adjustable threaded pivot ball, for very precise and low friction operation and easy tuning.

Shock tower and body mounts front

4.0mm thick aluminum anodized shock tower with 2 upper positioning holes for the shocks and 3 holes for roll-center positions. 1 centrally located adjustable body mount , and 2 forward mounted adjustable body mounts.

Angled steering system / servo saver

The bell cranks are angled to reduce the angle of difference between the total caster and steering plane. Therefore you will have less bump steer and a truer steering Ackerman through the entire range of suspension

Ackermann plate

With the design of the steering bell cranks when changing the Ackermann you will not need to adjust your steering tie rods. You simply will only need to adjust your end points on your radio..

Rear suspension arms

Durable longer oversized lower suspension arms in strong composite nylon. On the lower side the special down stops screws are mounted. The lower shock-mounting pins are secured with a small grub screw from the bottom.

Mud-guards

Optional are the composite mud guards, which can mount to the lower suspension arms, and will keep dirt away from your anti-roll bars transmission and wheels.

Rear uprights assembly

Composite uprights with 3 upper roll-center positions. Strong steel track-rods with L/R threading and strong ball joints to pre-set camber. Hard steel wheel-axles with large size bearings and larger inner ones with precision threaded aluminum wheel-hubs with offset. Flanged and serrated wheel nuts to guarantee that you will not lose a wheel nut in a race.

Rear anti-roll bar

The balanced front anti-roll bar system, consist of a spring steel bend wire, which is guided through the rear wing mount and runs in balanced steel adaptors. The wire is linked to the lower suspension arm, with a captured adjustable threaded pivot ball, for very precise and low friction operation.

Shock tower rear

4.5mm thick aluminum shock tower, integrated into the rear section for extra stiffness, with 2 upper positioning holes for the shocks and 3 holes for roll-center positions.

Wing mount and body mounts rear

Composite rear low aero wing, with strong nylon mounts, with angle adjustment. Central rear body mount.

Captured pivot pins and balls and bolted hinge pins

All spring-steel hinge pins are either captured or bolted in place and made in spring-steel quality. This relieves stress on the hinge pin when adjusting the kick up, or anti squat. Your pin is free to rotate to any angle without binding.

Shock absorbers RCM big-bore 16mm

Anodized aluminum shock bodies with durable 4mm shock-rods. Pre-load adjuster clips for ride height setting. Shocks use large diameter membranes and large diameter o-rings and bushings to create a super smooth and leak-proof package. Large diameter pistons are held in place by a nut on the polished shock-rods tops. Open type spring retainer to let dirt out easy.

RCM shock springs

Color-coded progressive shock springs are supplied for the 1st standard set-up and all springs are grinded flat top and bottom, and checked individually for tension and length and are matched.

Compact gear differentials

Very compact gear differentials with very smooth metal sintered gears, and steel shaft. Perfect sealing case with special gasket and o-rings. Very light and durable outdrive cups in spring-steel. Hardened spring-steel diff-coupler 13T with connector running in 2 oversized bearings The Cobra-E uses a 13T / 44T combo gearing. 46T central diff gear. This drive ratio will provide amazing acceleration combined with the low vehicle weight.

Front and rear drive

The front has captured driveshafts using a CVD system. The rear has durable black steel driveshafts with hard steel pins.

Hard black steel transmission parts

The front and rear strong hard black steel carbon shafts connect the differentials .

Body

Serpent super low Cobra E buggy body, fully pre-painted in a very attractive design and pre-cut too. The very low body has excellent handling, also superb in jumps.

Rear wing:

Low version strong rear white aero rear wing is included for great downforce and straight line stability.

Tires / wheels

The Cobra is fitted with premounted buggy racing tires. The tires are glued on durable but flexible race-wheels with molded cell-foam inserts. A super-package for excellent grip on the most common surfaces.

Oils and grease

Top-quality silicone shock-oil, silicone diff oil and some grease is used to meet the standard set-up.

Manual and set-up

Full color user manual with easy to follow steps, exploded views for easy spares ordering. A separate manual for the transmitter and the speed controller is included.

Decals

Black and white promo body-decals ; Serpent generic and Cobra ones.

Packing

The RTR kit is packed in a colorful large strong packing box with protection for car and transmitter.

Service and Support

The Serpent distributor, dealer or agent is your source for more info, but also the Serpent website and the member section and the YouTube channel provides lots of information.

Needed to complete the car:

  • 4 x AA batteries for the transmitter
  • 2 x Lipo hard-packs 3800 mA or more
  • (charging equipment/ power supply)

Specs:

name: Serpent 811 Cobra Buggy-e Ready to Race
class: 1/8 scale 4wd buggy, electric powered
type: RTR -version, club-racer
wheelbase: 330mm
width: 305mm
weight: 3.500 grams (race ready)
gear-ratio: 4:03:01
transmitter: DragonRC 2.4 GHz with small receiver
speed controller: DragonRC electronic speedo 120A waterproof
motor: DragonRC 1850kv brushless, sensorless motor
tires: DragonRC premounted buggy race tyres
body: Serpent prepainted and pre-cut E-Cobra body
drive train: front cvd, rear dogbone, central carbon shafts
gear diff: 3 compact gear diffs
shocks: 16mm big bore type
included: RTR Kit, radio, manuals and decals
not included: Radio batteries, car batteries, charger

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