Originally Posted by SouthFloridaApp
I do not own this on road car, but I do own a Serpent 1.0 be buggy. I actually took it a 1/8 scale on road track and it handled pretty well with a couple of minor adjustments. I used the somewhat short track on our large on road 1/8 track. It was pretty fun... and a great guy lent me a pair of Alphas.. they were great... I love my buggy and the quality is top notch.
I would love to see this class evolve and run approx. 12 min. races. The Serpent is pretty heavy and would need either a 6s Setup and the need for removal of the battery holders and/or lighten up the car. I have a Losi 810 1/8 scale ebuggy (basically a SCTE) that I ran on 3S weighing approx. 6.5 lbs rtr and it had the same speed of heavier cars on 4S. I may see if I can install a 4S batt. in this car and convert it to on road. I bet the run times would be quite good with the latter. The latter car is pretty durable... not the same beefiness (invented word) as the Serpent... I am wondering if a car that is lighter would be better for on road applications. Thoughts?
I have the SCTE and I think the biggest problem would be finding a motor you could run that would fit it. I don't think a Pro4 or 550 could hang with the 1/8 scale motors we run in these. Both get pretty warm running off road, I can't imagine what on road would do to them? Then you would have to find the right springs, shock towers, etc. You would prob need the tuning kit to change the caster angles, a stiffer chassis, and maybe smaller tires? I suspect this would be an expensive conversion? Even if you bought a worn out losi eight and did the conversion (that is made for this) I would guess you'll have spent $3-400 vs the extra $100 so to buy this or another kit new.
I've run with folks that had the 810 in the 1/8 scale off road classes and your right they do keep up but they don't seem to take the beating as well, for me that's part of the reason I like this class. I've run this class all summer and still crash a fair amount, last week was the first time I've damaged anything (broke my servo & bent a drive shaft) after hitting a wall at 50+.
You might get 12min running 6 cells on a small track. They would have to be pretty big and would not fit in the car very well as after a 7min race my 5000's (6s) only have 40% left and my lap times are about 3sec off Voltron989's. I'm guessing if he drove my car it would come in around 25% or less.