The Project 4X touring car has a unique new and proven design, in which the suspensions works in a very effective different way, with an extremely low center of gravity, very easy to work on and very durable. Easy to drive and lightning fast !
High quality, high precision lubricated long life NSK bearings made of hardened steel throughout.
High quality steel fasteners for durability. Minimized number of different screws for ease of assembly and maintenance
Carbon fiber chassis in 2.0mm thickness. Countersunk holes and designed to have equal flex left to right. The screws to set ride height are adjusted from the bottom of the chassis with just one screw in front and one in the rear with a simple and effective mechanism to adjust the ride height.
State of the art battery mounts made in aluminum and carbon fiber and allow to position the battery more to the front or back and secure it well in place. Shorty lipos can be placed centered, in front or rearward position.
Floating servo mount
The servo mount is a combination of a carbon brace and aluminum posts. The carbon brace is bolted to the central brace and does not touch the chassis to prevent any flex influence.
The ballraced aluminum steering system consists of an inversed lever system to better control the Ackermann setting. The angle difference between the inside and outside wheel is a lot more linear than in conventional designs.
In the front the 4X features durable spring steel double joint cardan shafts, combined with the blade type spool. In the rear lightweight coated aluminum cvd style dogbones are used with durable spring steel wheel axles. Both front and rear wheel hexes are a lightweight aluminum design
Steering blocks / uprights
In the front and rear the same steering blocks/uprights are in use. The pivot ball system allows for easy and quick setup changes and works very smoothly. In the front there are 3 Ackermann positions and shimming below the steering rod can be used for fine tuning of the bump steer characteristics. In the rear the system allows to set Reactive Rear Steering. This RRS system allows for a change of toe in while the suspension compresses and thus increases corner speed.
Wishbones / pull rods / rockers
The lower wishbones are the same front and rear and the same goes for the upper arms. The lower arm mounts of 2 short pivot pins and the mounts have a lot of space to play with wheelbase by using clips. The lower arms also feature 2 downstop screws front and rear. The upper wishbones allow quick caster changes with clips and run on an easily removable long pivot pin.
Rocker and pull rods system
The pull rods connect to the upper arms and operate the ballraced aluminum rocker system which activates the dampening systems for heave and roll action. All track rods and pull rods are made in coated lightweight and tough 7075 T6 aluminum.
Aluminum upper hinge pin holders and alu stiffeners
The assembly is split in 2 sections to allow for easy maintenance and change of settings. The inner top brace connects both sides and creates a very strong structure preventing tweak. The top brace is connected to the lower brackets with alu stiffeners. These stiffeners can be easily removed in case more flex is needed. The assembly rest on roll center spacers. To add additional shims for changed camber gain and roll center is a simple and quick setting.
Bumpers and body mounts
In the front a strong bumper set using a large size but light foam bumper which is sandwiched between the lower composite bumper and upper graphite holder. The flexible molded body posts with swivel system go all through. Optional body height systems are available. In the rear the lower bumper will prevent damage to the rear of the 4X and the molded body posts with swivel system mount on a thick and stiff carbon plate, which is part of the strong rear end assembly.
The kit contains a Serpent logo decal sheet and a Project 4X logo sheet.
The full color manual is supplied on a nice carbon look USB stick and the latest version and updates can be downloaded from the Serpent website. The manual features an extensive assembly explanation as well as all exploded views. The exploded views are active, so when clicking a part number it will take you to the right part number in our website.
As setup sheets a blank, a default and an editable pdf file is supplied and updates and setups from team drivers are online in our website, too.
Serpent is preparing some video’s which show the key features as well as the key assembly steps and how to set up and maintain the 4X.
Project 4X car design
The Project 4X is a unique and innovative racing car. It’s very unique and different design requires the driver to take time to learn the dynamics of the car and fully understand its features. Once understood, it is not more complicated than any other racing car.
The range of optional for the 4X car is small as Serpent made the car top level racing ready. Key optional are the different springs used in the heave and roll damper, the lightweight/flex chassis plate, the carbon fiber top deck and body height adjusters.
Needed to complete the car:
Body, body paint, radio equipment, speedo, motor, tires/wheels, battery, tools, thread lock.
Mid shaft section
The ballraced durable hollow spring steel mid shaft holds the 2 pullies as well as the spur in place. The assembly is super easy to build and maintain. The aluminum midshaft holder are same left and right.
The transmission system consist of large diff and spool pullies and efficient low friction belts. The light center shaft pullies are durable coated aluminum units.
- Completely new suspension design system
- Separation of the roll and the heave dynamics, so these can be setup separately for cornering and for bumps
- Very low center of gravity
- Front and rear end share almost all parts
- Inversed steering system for better control over Ackermann angle
- Quick access and change of the damper units
- Fast and easy one screw ride height adjustment
- Fast and easy spool and diff removal
- New spool with blades and new gear differential
- RRS system standard
IFMAR Worlds 2016:
At the 2016 IFMAR ISTC World Championship in Beijing Viktor Wilck secured Serpent’s first A final result in this class, and improve his own best result by finishing 3rd on the podium. At the World Championship 20 drivers in total were using a preproduction version of the Project 4X car to work together as a team, and at the same time do the final test.
First only in use by the factory team drivers, the 4X has finished in the Amain final of many international races including 4 times A Final at the famous ETS series
a 5th place for Viktor Wilck at the European championship
Swedish nats 2016:
Swedish Nationals title for Vikor Wilck.
During the whole testing and development program, the car was tested by top and average drivers to make sure it is not only fast but also easy to drive. The result at the IFMAR World Championship marks the perfect release date, as the car has proven to be competitive at the highest level of competition.
Serpent designer David Ehrbar and Serpent are very proud to be able to release this new innovative and high performance car to the market .
Team Serpent is using the Project 4X car for over a year now and continued to develop this very new concept. In the last ETS races Viktor Wilck was able to make the Amains in modified at the WC, EC and ETS races and showed very good speed and consistency. Designer David has requested some more average drivers to try his car and they were amazed how easy it was to go fast.
As the car is so new and different, Serpent will spend even more time to prepare information on assembly, setup and maintenance of the Project 4X car, in text, images and video, to help you to learn and understand the concept and unleash its full potential faster. Although at first the Project 4X car looks a bit complicated, after some explaining, you will soon understand it’s actually quite simple and really easy to work with. But the main advantage is that it is very easy to drive and at the same time lightning fast. Innovation Performs. The Serpent Project 4X is here!
Overview of the main specs:
- Separate roll and heave motion in the car to make setup easier and more precise
- Roll and heave dampers are small, they need only small amounts of oil
- Dampers include machined pistons for best possible consistency
- All dampers are through rod piston systems so no membrane needed
- Good selection of heave and roll springs
- Antiroll bar function integrated in roll damper/springs
- Easy and fast to change / replace the whole damper units
- Front and rear end are almost identical, so less spare parts needed
- Pivot ball suspension for simplicity and free movement
- The Pivot balls are a lot smaller in diameter than in previous touring cars
- Easy diff and spool removal
- Extremely low center of gravity
- Reversed steering system for better Ackermann geometry
- No top deck needed (top deck is available as optional for tough racing situations)
- Center stiffener made of 7075 T6 aluminum for rigidness and ant tweak, connecting the front and rear end
- One piece motor holder which also connects to the center stiffener and the rear RRS system
- Reactive rear steering RRS system is standard
- Ballraced midshaft holders allow easy maintenance and changing of spur gears
- Pull rod activated system with rockers to activate the dampers
- Same heave damper front and rear which is mounted below the diff/spool just above the chassis for lowest possible center of gravity
- New differential using new gears for even smoother functioning
- Battery mounting system allows reposition the battery more front or rear
- In case of shorty Lipos are used, the Lipo can be positioned in 3 configurations
- One screw ride height adjustment from chassis side
- Lightweight front aluminum spool with hardened steel outdrives to use blades
- Carbon fiber chassis in 2mm as standard
- DJC system in the front made out of spring steel prevent wheel chatter and rear regular cvd’s made out of 7075 T6 aluminum save weight
- One short and one longer kevlar reinforced drive belt and super true running pulleys, midshaft pulleys made out of hard anodized aluminum for maximum durability
Carbon fiber top deck; can be easily installed on the mounting points provided, to create a really stiff assembly. Apply in case a less aggressive and more forgiving handling is needed. Can also be tested in the 4X without using the center stiffener, for different flex characteristic.
Specifications in detail:
High performance 4wd touring car with an extremely low center of gravity and a unique suspension system which separates roll and heave setup. This combined with a well proven transmission system and overall Serpent quality and engineering solutions.
In the 4X car the heave and roll of the car operate and are set indepently. The front and rear end of the car are almost identical in design and share many of the same parts front and rear, so you need less different spares.
There is one have damper in the front and one in the rear and they work in the same way. The heave damper is located just above the chassis to lower the center of gravity. Pull rods which are connected to the upper arms link to the rocker system. The rocker system is connected through a swivel unit to the heave damper and roll damper unit. The small heave damper has a small strong shock absorber spring and is oil filled. Different oils and springs can be used for setup work, influencing mainly bump and on throttle/off throttle transitions. It is easy to access from the bottom of the chassis.
The ride height is set with a simple one screw setting in the chassis, both front and rear.
The roll damper unit consist of an oil body for dampening with a through shaft and has a small spring on each side. This unit controls the roll of the chassis, it works as an antiroll bar. Different oils and springs can be used for setup work. The whole unit comes out after releasing just 2 screws. One can have complete roll damper assemblies ready to change settings in seconds.
The 7075 T6 central alu brace takes care of the connection between front and rear end and prevents unwanted tweak and takes care of torsional stress. For most situations it eliminates the need of a top deck.
Extremely low 7075 T6 aluminum motor mount which doubles up as connector for the midshaft holders, connection for the RRS system, holder for the alu stiffener and connector to the central brace, all in one.
The nicely shaped renewed gear differential features new internal gears which makes it super smooth. The compact and light unit holds a good amount of oil to deliver stabile performance throughout the run. It is fast and easy to take out and remount the differential.
The coated aluminum front spool with lightened spring steel outdrives is a blade type which ensures superb handling and durability throughout the race, and it is easy to exchange blades as needed. It is fast and easy to take out and remount the spool. The spring steel is strong enough that you can easily finish your run even with a broken blade without damaging the outdrives too much.