Established as a brand in Heemstede, Netherlands in 1980 Serpent are currently celebrating their 35th anniversary. Having their roots in 1/8th nitro on-road Serpent nowadays offer more than 30 different cars including on-road and off-road, nitro and electric-powered vehicles. An innovator right from the beginning Serpent also developed and introduced new classes such as the 1/10th 235mm and 200mm nitro classes all of which made their first steps on the iconic Heemstede track nearby the office, host of the 1989 IFMAR 1/8th On-road Worlds and Serpent’s test track since the very beginning. Having won countless World, Asian, European and National titles Serpent is looking forward to yet alone four World Championships in 2016 and thus more possibilities to add more prestigious titles to their belt.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The season finale of the 2015 South African On-Road Gas National Championship took place at RC Zone in Middleburg, about two hours away from Tshwane, Pretoria. A favourite among the 200mm drivers for its technical layout, the track is fast and unforgiving with a brick wall barrier on the outside of the fast “horseshoe” section, which means that one small mistake would send the cars into the wall. The track offered a very high grip level all weekend, with some drivers complaining about too much grip later in the late afternoon. With the national series running a concurrent separate championship called the “Sprint” championship, which is based on qualifying results, first decisions in the championship would made when qualifiers kicked off on Saturday morning. This time the event had attracted more 200mm entries than 1/8 scale, which was not the norm for a national event and only four entries for the 235mm class means this class will likely not be run in the future. Mike Meyers would again dominate over Derrick Plank, Peter Plint and Tony George to take the TQ and seal his spot as Sprint champion for 2015.
Friday, October 30, 2015
The TRAP RC Racing Venue just North of Tshwane, Pretoria played host to the 4th round of the South African Gas On-road Nationals. The penultimate round of the 2015 National series attracted around 50 entries to race in the premier 1/8th scale, as well as the 200mm Nitro Touring, 235mm and a new 1/8 Scale GT entry level class. The event was greeted with great weather, which kept track conditions consistent and drivers were happy to report that grip remained predictable for the 3-day event.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Roche have introduced the Rapide P10 1/10th scale 200mm pan car for World GT and narrow Pro10 classes. The car is based on a 2.5mm high-quality carbon fibre chassis and it features a widely adjustable front suspension, made by Xenon Racing, that allows for an adjustable wheelbase using the front lower suspension block and the graphite front plate. The reactive castor is adjustable as are the usual suspects such as toe, castor and camber. Unique with the P10, which is based off of the smaller P12 1/12th scale car, is a ball-raced rail-type steering system that makes for a more proportional and smooth steering feeling while offering quick steering Ackermann adjustments. The backbone of the chassis is a red anodised aluminium rear chassis brace as well as the battery and shock mount for the micro centre shock. In the rear the P10 features aluminium pod parts as well as aluminium mounting brackets for the rear axle that is height adjustable using spacers. The rear axle itself is made from high-quality graphite and it features a thrust race equipped ball differential and a 16-ball Xenon 64dp 93T spur gear. The kit is available for pre-order now and should hit stores very soon with a 235mm version being planned for the near future.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Following TRR-Racestuff’s 235mm conversion kit for the Team Associated 10R5.1 the German company now also have a narrow chassis conversion available that retains the standard 200mm width and is compatible with the kit’s standard parts. The conversion includes a slim 2.5mm carbon fibre main chassis plate, new 2.5mm sidelink wings, a front LiPo rail for 1S and 2S shorty LiPo packs, hexagonal chassis standoffs and the needed shims. The chassis allows to three different sidelink configurations; a hanging layout with parallel links, angled chassis-mounted links that open toward the power pod and a third variant using an optional lower power pod plate that allows to run angled links that close towards the power pod. The kit greatly increases the setup potential of Team Associated’s World GT car and the conversion becomes available by end of January.
Monday, January 26, 2015
VBC Racing introduce the 235mm version of the Lightning10 1/10th scale pan car chassis. The Lightning10-235 marks the revival of the 1990’s Pro10 class and the kit is constructed using high grade carbon fibre materials, lightweight 7075 aluminium alloy, and high strength composite materials. The kit features ultra short 7075 aluminium drive hubs, a big bore centre shocks, multi location side springs, optional brass balance weight with multiple mounting locations, an optional fan mount, and a highly adjustable adjustable front suspension that allows to fine-tune track width, caster, active caster, camber and ride height. The oversized rear motor pod is designed to keep the wheel hubs as narrow as possible while allowing the use of brass balance weights for weight distribution fine-tuning. The kit will become available early January 2015.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Contact RC bring to the market a new range of WGT/GT10 tyres for 200mm and 235mm pan and oval cars. The WGT/GT10 range includes a host of popular compounds to suit running on tarmac and carpet, including special 38 shore tyres with lilac stripe for control tyre events. All front tyres are trued to 63mm and rears 64mm and they become available by November.
Source: Schumacher [racing-cars.com]
Friday, October 10, 2014
Made for the GT-500W pan car is this 235mm conversion kit from Teamsaxo. The set contains a new front suspension plate, long and short front links as well as longer turnbuckles and new rear wheel hubs. The parts make for a wider front and rear end to bring the 200mm World GT car to proper Pro10 dimensions. The kit will become available by the end of September.
Source: Teamsaxo [saxoracing.com]
Friday, September 12, 2014