Serpent goes RTR with race-spec, Novarossi-powered 1/8 buggy

Sep 05, 2013 No Comments by

Serpent built its considerable reputation on cutting-edge competition nitro kits for on-road racers, but is now showing off its chops in a whole new way by going RTR and off-road. Rather than going down-spec for the leap to RTR, the new Cobra buggy is a fully competition-ready machine, complete with race-grade horsepower from legendary Italian power broker, Novarossi.

Pro driver Billy Easton penned the Cobra design, and its specs include Savox-built Dragon high-torque servos, LCD-equipped Dragon 2.4GHz radio system, 4mm 7075 aluminum chassis and shock towers, tuned exhaust system, CV shafts, and 16mm threaded-body shocks. For full details, visit the Cobra’s page in our Hot News & New Stuff forum.

Serpent RTR Cobra (1)

It’s a sharp-looking buggy, there’s no doubting that. The tires look race-worthy. Is that a faux brake caliper on the transmitter’s steering wheel?

 

Serpent RTR Nitro Cobra (6)

The polished pipe and header are standard, and spring mounted. The Cobra’s Novarossi powerplant features a pull starter so you can get revved up without having to invest in a starter box.

 

Serpent RTR Nitro Cobra (7)

The shocks are oversized at 16mm and are finely threaded for precise preload adjustment. Swaybars are standard. CV shafts are used up front, looks like a pair of dogbones back here.

 

Serpent RTR Nitro Cobra (8)

Novarossi is synonymous with competition-level horsepower and high quality. This will be a hot buggy.

 

Serpent RTR Nitro Cobra (4)

Looks good. We’ll have a full review in RC Car Action as soon as we can get our hands on a Cobra of our own.

 

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