February 7, 2008

Toy Fair – Xray

Xray 808

Always with an impressively presented stand, Slovakian manufacturer Xray had their new 1/8th scale buggy on display. The 808 is a completely new platform, hence the completely new name and Xray have gone with a simpler car that is easier to use straight out of the box. The car has a better base setup, new geometry and its over 100grams lighter than the previous version thanks to the use of carbon fibre in place of steel. The big new change on the car is its use of a new steering system that goes away from the C-Hub system in favour of a zero king pin version.

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Xray 808

For durability and better performance, Xray have integrated, what they call direct shaft connection, which essentially means that the driveshafts throughout the car attach directly to the wheel axles and in the case of the centre shafts, the pino gears on the diffs. This eliminates problems from dirt and because it is now attached inside the bearing, no screws can fall out.

Xray 808

For better balance the engine has been moved forward and to lower the center of gravity the drives in the axles have been changed so they now use a smaller diameter spur gear. Other features include a new longer chassis and composite braces.

Xray T2008

Xray had its large range of mini racers on display in all manner of colours of carbon fibre as well as having the T2008 in both US and EU editions. The XT8 truggy was of course also here and this, according to Mario, will stay as it is for some time, thanks to its current performance and the reactions it has received from customers who say they like it as it is.

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