With the release of the much anticipated Serpent Spyder 2wd buggy quickly approaching Serpent has been leaking more and more info about it each day. Today they’ve spilled the beans with a full press release, specs and tons of photos. Some of its features include 12mm big bore RCM type shocks, 3 pad slipper clutch, a narrow composite chassis and an adjustable rear diff height. The Serpent Spyder will first be available in a rear motor configuration with a mid motor version following soon after.
Serpent decided to create 1st a purpose built rear motor version of the Spyder and then create a mid motor version right after. The mid-motor Spyder will also be purpose built sharing many parts with its rear engine sister. The idea was to build two condition specific designs, with the highest level of performance possible. Drivers per race will be able to choose either version, and will not have to make any changes on the spot.
Composite chassis plate with a layout allowing for a perfect weight balance, and optimal space for the electronics, battery and servo. The front Kick-up angle in the Chassis incorporates more clearance for racing and allow for more nose landings
Front and Rear Shock Towers
The Serpent Spyder RM features 4mm thick carbon fiber shock towers have multiple shock angle positions allowing customers to fine tune for varying track conditions.
Dual system 12mm big bore shocks with hard coated threaded bodies, a unique cap design, a superbly sealing o-ring and spacer package. The Shocks can be used in Bladder or Emulsion setups. The Serpent Spyder’s shock set comes with a set of molded pistons to choose from. A selection of 5 springs-sets is available to fine-tune the suspension settings. Shock Collars with inner o-rings are used on the threaded bodies to set-ride height.
The front upper bulkhead is and supports the upper links and shock tower in the best possible way. The front section offers the option to mount a front wing and sway bar unit
The Spyder RM’s front Wishbones are made from a super strong composite material. The arms are angled to optimize the CG and pivot on 3mm captured pins on the inside and out. The arms have 2 mounting positions for shock angle and are prepared to use an optional anti-roll bar if needed.
Front and Rear Track Rod Ends
Spring steel front and rear track rods are mounted to durable composite captured ball joints. The track Rods have L/R threading for easy adjustments.
The Serpent Spyder steering system has a reverse swinging pivot system that optimizes the efficiency through all different types of corners. You have 3 Ackerman choices to choose from.
The steering blocks fit 5x10x4 mm bearings. The steering blocks utilize some of the best high strength materials on the market today.
The limited slip ball differential is a super compact, effective and durable unit. Utilizing 1.8th inch diff balls for ultimate durability. The structure and assembly is common type in this class, but the high quality parts and well functioning will make it stand out. Even the Serpent Spyder’s diff height can be changed.
The rear hub uprights use a larger 5x14x4 outer bearing and 10x15x4 mm inner for ultimate lasting performance. The rear uprights utilize some of the best high strength materials on the market today. The rear uprights allow you to adjust, the toe in from -2 to + 2 degrees by use of various inserts also included in the kit.
Wheel Axles and Hubs
The spring steel wheel-axles utilized 12mm hex adapter to follow current market standards. The front springs steel axle is fixed, while the rear wheel-hex is a clamping aluminum version.
The Serpent Spyder features a battery mount that is perfectly in the center line of the car, and can be moved to front or back to play with weight balance. Pieces of hard foam are supplied to do so and secure the battery in position. The battery-top-brace has a secure quick release system with handy twist nuts.
Anti-roll bars can be fitted on the front and rear of the car, but are optional. They can be used on high grip surfaces to further adjust the cars performance
The motor plate is a machined aluminum; it is then anodized and machined for weight. The composite motor guard will keep your motor protected even after the hardest of landings.
The composite rear transmission case is light and durable. It allows the customer to adjust the differential height to each specific condition. It also securely holds the motor plate, differential as well as supports the rear wing mount and rear carbon fiber shock tower.
The 3mm spring steel pivot pins are held in place by the suspension bracket made from aluminum. Inside the bracket you use inserts to set toe-in and roll center. You can adjust the toe-in from 2 to 4 degrees and adjust the anti squat from 0 to 4 degrees.
Rear Skid Plate
The composite rear skid plate connects to the chassis plate. This connection allows you to unclip the rear end in one piece, but helps reduce the total cost of maintenance. It is also made from extremely high strength composite material.
The spring steel drive shafts are thin and light, yet durable. The spring steel wheel-axles are 5mm, light and durable, guided by the 2 different size of bearings, inner 10x14x4 mm and outer 5x13x4 mm. The driveshaft pin is fully captured to prevent any failure. These bearings are for sure to stand up the rigors of any track condition.
The Serpent Spyder RM includes a light and low cab-forward style body, made in top quality clear polycarbonate, has a nice flowing line, steep front windscreen for down force with indents in the section in front of the windscreen. The shark fin on the roof of the cabin offers not only style but stability. The smooth body lines enhance the cars appearance and do so in style. The polycarbonate rear wing utilizes raised sides to improve wheel clearance.
The composite rear wing holder is connected to the rear bulkhead and shock tower. It is fully adjustable from 0,2,4,6 and 8 degrees. Its fixed into place by a washers and screws.
Durable white nylon flat faced wheels, specifically designed to utilize the advancements in the front and rear suspension geometry.
Serpent Spyder RM Specs
- Length: 385mm
- Width: varies
- Wheelbase: 281mm
- Gear Ratio: 2.43:1
- Release date: September 2013
- Part: 500001
- Price: $300
Serpent Spyder RM Pictures