2018 All-new Features:
- All-new chassis features larger front window opening for improved forward traction
- All-new chassis with unique, innovative front flex adjustment using a removable aluminum brace. Using the aluminum brace increases steering response and cornering speed; without the aluminum brace, the car is easier to drive.
- All-new adjustable weight position on both sides of the chassis for quick & easy weight balance adjustment
- All-new rear layshaft bulkheads allow use of bracket bushings to connect the layshaft bulkheads with rear bulkheads to reinforce the entire rear suspension, giving improved handling especially in high-traction conditions. Without the bracket bushings, the car has more traction; recommended for low-traction conditions. The new bulkhead design also allows installation of a top graphite brace.
- All-new rear aluminum bulkheads
- All-new graphite brace for rear layshaft is part of the rear suspension Multi-Flex™ Technology
- All-new graphite holders for rear upper arm have new positions – lower & more inside – for increased traction and improved durability
- All-new rear aluminum suspension holders have new position for the rear arms – more inside – for increased traction
- All-new steel extensions for suspension arms have a new position to work better with new rear aluminum suspension holders
Based on its ultra-successful predecessor, XRAY proudly presents the new RX8 which incorporates the latest improvements and refinements gathered by the team, race-proven in high-competition races around the world.
All-new chassis features larger front window opening for more forward traction. The chassis also features a unique, innovative front flex adjustment using an aluminum removable brace.
Adjustable weight position on both sides of the chassis offer quick & easy weight balance adjustment.
Overall, the chassis is very narrow to increase chassis flex and generate more traction and steering. The narrow chassis also prevents chassis contact during cornering, and helps to eliminate the feel of the car ‘stopping‘ in mid-corner.
The chassis features cut-outs for all bulkheads, front lower arm mounts, radio plate mounts, and front shaft holder as well as rear layshaft bulkheads for perfect fitment and to ensure that all parts will always mount into the same precise position.
The outer edges of the chassis have been beveled and screw holes have been countersunk to provide a smooth lower surface.
The lightweight chassis is CNC-machined from 5mm premium Swiss 7075 T6 aluminum, strategically machined in low-stress areas to make it as light as possible without affecting strength or rigidity.
Front Chassis Flex Adjustment.
All-new chassis with unique, innovative front flex adjustment via a removable aluminum brace. Using the aluminum brace increases steering response & cornering speed; without the aluminum brace, the car is easier to drive and has more forward traction.
The new graphite brace for the rear bulkheads is an integral part of the rear suspension Multi-Flex™ system that offers the choice of different flex adjustments to easily adapt the handling of the car to particular track conditions and tires used.
There are two different flex characteristics to choose from:
SOFT – Graphite brace not used. This setting increases flex in the rear suspension and generates more rear traction. Recommended for low-traction tracks, or races with spec hard or large tires.
STIFF – Graphite brace is connected to the 2-speed bulkheads. This setting reduces flex in the rear suspension and improves out-of-corner steering and rotation, but also slightly decreases rear traction. Recommended for medium-high-traction tracks, or when tires with additive are used.
All-new redesigned 2-speed bulkheads allow to use bracket bushings to connects the 2-speed bulkheads with rear bulkheads to reinforce the entire rear suspension. There are two flex settings of 2-speed bulkheads
SOFT – Bracket bushings not installed. The car has more traction. Recommended for low-traction conditions.
STIFF – Bracket bushings are installed. The car is more free. Recommended for high-traction tracks.
The new bulkheads are an integral part of the chassis Multi-Flex™ system that offers a variety of choices for different flex adjustments.
Rear Suspension Multi-Flex™.
The all-new rear suspension design features Multi-Flex™ quick adjustment to easily adapt the handling of the car to particular track conditions and tires used. There are two different flex characteristics to choose from.
Bracket bushings are not used. This results in increased flex of the rear suspension and generates more rear traction. Recommended for low-traction tracks, or races with spec hard or large tires.
Bracket bushings are used. This connects rear suspension together, creating a stiff frame which allows the car to rotate more and improves out-of-corner steering. Recommended for high-traction tracks, or when tires with additive are used.
All-new redesigned rear bulkheads are an integral part of the rear suspension Multi-Flex™ system that offers the choice of different flex adjustments.
The rear bulkheads are CNC-machined from premium Swiss 7075 T6 aluminum to provide the lightest & strongest framework for the car.
The all-new redesigned rear lower suspension mounts to allow the rear lower arms to be moved lower arms and more to the center to improve overall traction.
The front & rear suspension holders are fully independent from the bulkheads, mounted directly to the chassis to increase traction and make the car easier to drive.
The suspension mounts are CNC-machined from premium Swiss 7075 T6 aluminum to provide the lightest & strongest framework for the car.
All-new redesigned rear suspension extensions work with new rear suspension mounts. Both front & rear extensions are made from laser-cut steel and additionally black coated for improved durability, and they also features optimized shock mounting positions.
Rear Upper Arm Holders.
All-new graphite holders of rear upper arms feature new positions for eccentric bushings which position them 4mm more inside and 2mm lower for increased traction. The new design of the holders offer improved durability.
The rear upper arm holders are machined from strong 3.5mm graphite material for optimal flex of the rear suspension. Both front & rear mounts are mounted on the rear upper clamps.
Development at XRAY never stops, nor does our pursuit of perfection. Evolving the RX8 to its present state has been a challenge for everyone at XRAY, and this new, re-designed version of the RX8 incorporates all the best features and ideas gathered over the past years. Enjoy the new RX8.
XRAY RX8 Platform Designer
With countless a vast number of wins in multiple classes at local, regional, national, and international levels, the XRAY RX8 is designed for high-performance competitive racing… ready to win.
All of the refinements from the last year – based on our own experiences and feedback from drivers all around the world – were incorporated into the new RX8. New ideas and prototypes were long-term tested by the factory team worldwide to ensure that improvements would work well in all track conditions and tracks in Europe, America, and Asia.
Made in Europe.
Designed, developed, and fully manufactured in-house at the XRAY factory in Slovakia, Europe, using the most high-tech German & Swiss machines and premium European materials, crafted with XRAY’s legendary attention to detail by our artistic production specialists. The RX8 is truly a masterpiece.
Read my exclusive story about the making of the XRAY RX8 here for an insider’s view of our daily work as RC car designers and what we have all done to make the RX8 platform a reality.
XRAY RX8 Designer
Smooth flowing lines, distinctive design touches, all sculpted in a lightweight platform – an expression of power, dramatic styling, superior technology, pure luxury and performance.
With XRAY’s uncompromising design philosophy bringing everything together to make the best nitro on-road car, the RX8 has the unique XRAY character, borne of precision craftsmanship and highest attention to detail. For drivers with an irrepressible drive to win, the RX8 is the answer.
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