Interesting concept. I'd often thought about ways that 1/8th buggy designers could move the engine and stuff closer to the centre line, without compromising the transmission (drive train) in some way. I figured that there would always be a trade off when centralising the engine, such that the centre driveshafts would either have to enter the gearboxes waaaay off centre, turn through extreme angles, or even incoporate additional rotating parts to solve the weight distribution problem.
If Losi have pulled this off, then it's a pretty clever bit of design. It seems they have gone for the 'waaaay off centre' centre driveline without sacrificing the suspension design. I'd like to see some pictures, especially those that concentrate mainly on the centre drive train. Losi don't seem to have any pictures yet.
I've read through most of the thread, trying to skip the dreaded 'screw' subject where possible!!
Basically, if you're a hardcore RC racer and own British, Japenese and American cars, by now you'll own a proper tool kit that caters for all types of screws/fasteners. Personally, I prefer metric screws, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying my AE/Losi machines.
The amount of plastic composite used on the 8ight is so apparent, it's almost worrying. And I dread to think how rival 1/8th racers would comment in the pits leading up to a race - new Losi 8ight owners would have to develop VERY thick skin!!
#insert images of mocking Mugen/Xray/Hobao owner's faces here#
None of it really matters of course, because the Buggy appears to be delivering the goods, so to speak, on the track.
Maybe Losi got it right first time with the 8ight?
#insert images of smug losi 8eight owners here#
Guess only time will tell - I'll certainly be following the progress of this new machine with interest.