It certenly look like an AE front ... and not an Xray copy ... but could of couse be it in the future hence it not the ususal way Xray do things. I have rather seen a new frontend like Serpents (but in Xray design of couse) ... no slop, long wearing and tons of adjustability. Could be improved on the axlelength so there could bee room for 2x0,5 mm shims ... just for quick widening of the front width if the traction rise quickly ... and adjusted accordingly to use the thin M3 nuts, so the axle don't stick out over the wheel line.
I like the damper standoff solution - smart, and hopefully solid enough
I like the sidespring removed away from the sidelinks.
I like the crossbrace lowered accordingly so the height fits the sidesprings (are they using speedmerchant linear spings? ... not Xrays as I can se).
Aparrently the wheelbase has been lenghtened ... and with room enough to play with several positions of the servo (both in front of and behind the servomounts ... or is it different cahssislayous for the final testing?).
And there are also all the small things people have given feedback on both here in R/C tech forums and on Xrays own webside.
Hopefully details will be revealed on Xrays own site soon (X12 announced Oct. 2nd) ... within 7-10 days after first official annoncement would be normal.
Hopefully the many improvements - them we can see and them we cant see - will prove to be in the right direction on improving the car, and show good results.
Best luck to both Lemieux and Eric and the others Xray drivers