Xray have announced the release of the follow up to their World Championship winning 1/12th scale chassis, the X12’20. Available in two different versions, dubbed the EU and US versions, the latter featuring aluminium in place of much of the carbon for super high traction conditions found stateside. The new car sports a new backbone with a redesigned narrower chassis plate, which minimises contact with the track surface during cornering. This redesign has meant the Slovakian manufacturer has had to design their all-new side link mounting system via aluminium and graphite holders. Other changes include the removable front suspension brace that allows steering response adjustment while updated centre shock absorber holders update the mounting positions and geometry to improve on-power steering. Up front the new servo holders have extra mounting positions for smaller servos, while the kit comes supplied with graphite composite front upper arms to increase steering response. A lighter pod brace holder from graphite composite material helps increase consistency and to resist flexing and the new graphite backstop for the battery pack allows for multiple mounting positions for the battery in the cross-chassis alignment.
New for 2020
– All-new narrower chassis minimises contact with the track surface during cornering
– All-new side link mounting system via aluminium and graphite holders
– All-new removable front suspension brace that allows steering response adjustment
– All-new centre shock absorber holders which updates the mounting positions and geometry to improve on-power steering
– All-new servo holders with extra mounting positions for smaller servos
– Includes graphite composite front upper arms to increase steering response
– Includes lighter pod brace holder from graphite composite material to increase consistency and to resist flexing
– All-new graphite backstop for battery pack in cross-chassis alignment alternative
– Available in EU edition and US edition each suitable for different track conditions
The X12 has been split into two different platforms, EU & US editions, each optimised for different track conditions out of the box with no extras needed. Whether on low to medium-grip tracks which are typical in Europe, or on super-high grip tracks which are typical in the US, there is an X12 to fit each occasion. Both choices are built on the same core platform with interchangeable parts.
The all-new front suspension brace mounts across the lower suspension arms to help sharpen the steering response, improving the response to driver input upon entry in high speed corners. If the very direct feel is too much for certain track conditions or driver preferences, the brace can be removed for a more forgiving handling characteristic.
The all-new chassis is so narrow that a completely new design of the side link mounting system had to be introduced. The new side mounting system features aluminium stands and graphite holders that have two different positions for pod link mounting.
The front upper arm is now moulded from a specially formulated graphite composite mixture that helps to increase steering and make the car more predictable. The Xray self-designed graphite front suspension was specially designed for high-traction US-style tracks. With the stiffer front, the car has more cornering speed while being easier to drive and more consistent in high-traction conditions. The graphite arm is mounted on aluminium posts which are mounted to the chassis. The holder for the composite front upper arm mount is mounted on the graphite arm as well.
The all-new front and rear graphite holders for the centre shock absorber have new mounting positions, allowing for it to be mounted further back By selecting a longer or shorter shock, the damping and steering characteristics can be changed. The plates allow the shock to be moved front & back to alter how the car enters & exits corners.
The all-new graphite backstop for the cross-chassis battery alignment alternative is stronger than the previous composite brace for a more secure battery retention. The all-new rear link brace & battery backstop allows for a wider range of battery placement adjustment. The brace includes two holes into which the adjustable battery backstop is inserted. The battery backstop has 4 positions which allow the batteries to be moved more forward. The distance between each position is 2mm, so in total the battery can be moved up to 6mm more forward.