Team Xray is ready to debut the 2018 Edition of the X12 RC pan car! Features include an all new split platform design with unique US and EU versions. The X12 2018 EU comes equipped with a 2.5mm graphite chassis and is optimized for low, medium and high traction surfaces. The X12 2018 US is designed around a 2.0mm 7075 T6 aluminum chassis and rear pod, and is made to perform at its best on high and very high traction tracks. Best of all, parts from both cars are fully interchangeable. They also come equipped with a an all new innovative wheelbase adjustment, new graphite bumper holder, new lower servo mounts, new adjustable battery position backstops and more!
Whether you are racing at US very-high traction tracks or European medium-traction tracks, whether the track is carpet or asphalt, there is an X12 Edition that is specifically designed and suitable for your particular traction conditions. The US Edition features a chassis and pod plate CNC-machined from 2.0mm Swiss 7075 T6 aluminum which is more suitable for high- and very-high traction tracks; it makes the car easier to drive, keeps more cornering speed, and prevents the car from traction rolling. The EU Edition features a chassis and pod plate CNC-machined from custom-manufactured 2.5mm high-grade graphite material with a specially-designed compound for low, medium, and high-traction tracks. The graphite material is softer than an aluminum chassis and therefore generates more traction.
The Xray X12 2018 chassis was completely redesigned and re-engineered. In order to prevent the chassis from touching the track surface at the front, the chassis was split into two pieces: the main chassis and an elevated graphite bumper holder. This new design shortens the chassis by 14mm and elevates the bumper holder above the track surface. The new split chassis concept minimizes scrub at the front part of the chassis, allowing for increased steering and more consistent handling, particularly in high-traction conditions. The new design results in increased off-power steering.
To utilize the performance potential in various traction conditions, there are two different suspension concepts used on the 2018-spec X12. The EU Edition includes a standard composite suspension that makes the car predictable and generates more traction. The US Edition features an all-new unique graphite suspension arms that reduces torsional flex of the arms in the corners of very-high traction tracks, making the car more reactive and easier to drive
The all-new Team Xray X12 2018 Edition 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 aluminum 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 graphite front suspension was successfully used by the US team where Eric Anderson won the US National Championship title in Stock class with this new suspension concept.
The Team Xray X12 2018 Edition chassis features a new, innovative front wheelbase adjustment possibility. The chassis has two positions for front suspension mounting; the whole front suspension can be easily moved by 2mm frontwards or rearwards. The long wheelbase is the same wheelbase as previous X12 cars, and is recommended for larger tracks or tracks with longer sweepers. A long wheelbase works well at low-to-medium traction tracks when more stability is desired. Also better suited to the Open Modified classes to make the car smoother and less twitchy. The short wheelbase allows the car to rotate better in the middle of the corner to maintain cornering speed. Recommended for tight, technical tracks or tracks with numerous hairpin corners. The short wheelbase works well at medium-to-high traction tracks where a lot of steering is needed. Also better suited to the Stock and blinky classes.
Graphite Bumper Holder
All-new Team Xray X12 2018 Edition graphite bumper holder is designed to fit into the new shorter chassis and keep the front body posts at the same position as previous versions, but atop the chassis so it does not touch the racing surface. This improves the steering of the car and prevents front scrubbing. Machined from premium 2.5mm graphite, the brace is flexible yet rigid enough to withstand serious crashes.
Team Xray X12 2018 Edition now includes a foam bumper which improves the durability of the car and protects the front in hard collisions. Hand-cut from specially-developed foam material, the bumper is very light, yet very strong.
The X12 2018 graphite plate posts and servo mount posts are 3mm shorter to allow the servo to sit lower to decrease the CG of the car. When the inline chassis battery alignment is used, the included 3mm shims allow the plate posts & servo mounts to be raised so the battery can be placed below the graphite plate.
The chassis features new grooves to allow mounting of the battery backstops and adjustment of battery position when cross-chassis battery alignment is used. To eliminate battery movement when inline battery alignment is used, the chassis features holes for composite battery backstops.
The all-new rear link pod upper plate includes extra holes for center shock mounting to allow fine tuning and greater range of shock adjustability. By using a longer or shorter shock, the damping and steering characteristics can be changed. The new upper plate allow the shock to be moved front & back to alter how the car enters & exits corners.
The lower suspension arms feature smart eccentric aluminum inserts which allow quick & easy track-width changes depending on track conditions. Optional aluminum 0.5mm and 1.0mm eccentrics are used to set the track-width either narrower or wider. Both EU and US Editions include specific track-width adjustment inserts.
All-new Team Xray X12 2018 Edition tweak-free lower pivot brace was redesigned for easier mounting of the pod plate on the chassis. Thanks to the nut groove on the brace, nuts that connect chassis with the brace will find the position by themselves, removing the need to reset the position for free movement when mounting the pod plate. The composite upper & lower pivot braces were redesigned to allow the pivot ball to be lowered by 0.5mm so as to lower the roll center of the car, resulting in more rear traction and improved rear stability. The pivot ball is smaller and lighter, which is very important for a pan car. The pivot ball has an internal thread so a separate locking nut atop the pivot ball is not needed any more. This saves weight but also allows for greater side movement of the rear pod.
To significantly reduce the rotating mass and improve steering, the original steel rear axle was replaced with an all-new, super-lightweight graphite rear axle. The rear differential features high-grade precision carbide balls in the spur gear, hardened and precision-ground D-steel shims, and premium carbide axial thrust-bearing.
The tiny rear bulkheads including the upper bulkhead clamps are significantly lower and lighter than standard pan cars, CNC-machined from premium extra-hard Swiss 7075 T6 aluminum and additionally black-coated for long life and stylish look. The right bulkhead has motor mount design with multiple motor mounting positions. The upper motor mount position prevents the motor from moving in serious crashes, and it adds another option to easily mount different types of motors.
The Xray X12 2018 Edition rear graphite brace replaces the previous aluminum brace. The graphite brace significantly reduces tweak of the rear pod. To keep the lowest possible CG, the brace is positioned in the lowest possible position. Machined from premium graphite, the brace is flexible yet rigid enough to withstand serious crashes.
The aluminum rear hubs are machined from lightweight aircraft aluminum, specially lightened and black-coated for stylish look. The rear left aluminum wheel hub features a center-balanced clamping mount system, ensuring secure mounting while eliminating vibration and run out.
Rear Link Brace
The X12 2018 rear link brace features a narrow design that helps to move the weight more into the chassis centerline, and gives lower weight. The graphite rear link brace holds the side tubes as well as the side springs and body posts, and works as a backstop for the battery pack.
Lateral damping side tubes provide ultra-smooth side damping, making the car easier to drive and easier to work on. The outer aluminum tube and inner Delrin tube operate ultra-smoothly.
Rear link pod upper plate includes a hole so an optional side shock can be mounted. The advantage of using the side shock is that it provides more traction in low-to-medium traction conditions.
Strong, simple, yet refined X12 2018 front suspension made from strong, lightweight, self-developed composite material. Tiny yet strong HUDY Spring Steel upper pivot balls ensure smooth, bind-free operation, while composite lower pivot balls allow the front suspension to operate even more smoothly. Fast & easy adjustment of front caster, front wheelbase, track-width, bump steer, roll center and ride height via included shims and clips.
Super-smooth, hardened steel kingpins provide the foundation for the front suspension.
Ultra-precise wheel axles CNC-machined from premium HUDY Spring Steel are additionally hardened and hand ground for precision fitment. Adjustable Turnbuckles.Front upper 3mm adjustable HUDY Spring Steel camber turnbuckles are lightweight yet can withstand hard impacts, with precision threading to ensure fine camber adjustment. The 4mm adjustable steering turnbuckles are manufactured from lightweight aluminum.
The tiny yet strong steering blocks have excess play removed for precise steering response.
Reactive caster is easily adjustable by using easy-to-change eccentric bushings of 2.5°, 5.0° or 7.5° (included). Reactive caster is used to adjust the amount of caster change when the front end of the car is compressing (diving) or decompressing (rising).
Front Ride Height
The front suspension uses ride height adjustment shims for very quick, precise, and hassle-free ride height adjustment depending on track conditions. The set of 0.2, 0.4, and 0.6mm ride height adjustment shims are included for fine tuning.
The upper arm shims allow for moving the front upper arm mount together with the upper arm more out from the lower arm, thus generating less camber gain and making the car easier to drive. With more shims, less camber gain is generated, reducing initial steering and giving less “twitchiness.”
3mm shims are included for the steering block to make the car easier to drive under high-traction conditions.
Unique & innovative fully-adjustable servo mount allows easy adjustment of the servo position. The Team Xray X12 2018 servo is attached to independent mounts that are inserted in a groove on the front upper plate. Depending on the size of your servo, you can easily install and adjust the servo and its position to the center of the chassis. By changing the orientation of the servo, you can adjust the weight balance of the car. The floating servo does not touch the chassis, so it eliminates unwanted tweak and also allows you to adjust any servo to the centerline of the chassis.
Tiny yet robust servo saver protects the servo from impact damage. Easy Ackermann adjustment is made via shims mounted below steering block pivot balls.
The fully-adjustable shock features an aluminum shock body that is hard-anodized for ultra durability. The fine-threaded shock body allows for quick and easy shock spring preload adjustment. Tiny, thin shock membrane gives smooth dampening characteristics, and a super-soft silicone shock O-ring gives super-smooth operation while preventing oil leakage. The ultra-finely finished shock shaft with precise-molded composite shock piston ensures optimum shock oil flow and smooth shock absorber action. The shock adaptor allows for quick & easy changes to the shock position. Using the adaptor allows for forward shock mounting position, and when the adaptor is removed the standard rearward position is used.
The layout of the electronics and position of individual sections of the car were designed with optimum weight distribution and balance in mind. The steering servo is located in a lay-down position for lowest CG at the chassis center, and the layout of the chassis allows the batteries to be placed either cross or inline. Depending on battery configuration, the ESC and receiver can be placed in various positions for ideal weight transfer and balance.
The position of the battery placement in the chassis has a significant influence on weight balance adjustment. To offer instant and comfortable weight balance adjustment – depending on various track conditions – the battery placement can be quickly changed from inline to cross-chassis. Smart and handy – an all-new unique feature and system.
Rear Ride Height
The aluminum bulkheads allow for very quick & easy ride height adjustment. No more hassle to dismount the car to change the rear ride height! The included ride height shims are inserted between the bulkhead and upper bulkhead clamp to alter the ride height. Smart & easy. The new method for ride height adjustment allows ultra-fine adjustment by 0.25mm increments, in comparison to the previous 0.5mm increments using eccentric bushings.