While the new Serpent looks great, this car looks the beginning of the end for GT from where I sit. Before you flame me, hear me out.
The way I see GT, as a class, it has the ability to draw both new blood as well as seasoned veterans. Scale appearance, durability (strong and able to run on less than perfect tracks), extremely drivable, and relatively inexpensive (compared to any other complete onroad race setup). Compare these attributes to a competitive 1:10 TC or 1:8, and there is a clear difference.
Today, there are a few different brand offerings in the GT scene. While some may be slightly different from the other, they are pretty much on par and competitive in the hands of similar drivers.
I've raced plenty of 1:10 TC and 1:8 onroad. I currently own an entire inventory and am able to run both of these classes today. With less time for r/c, I've really enjoyed the simplicity (setup & maintenance), low cost, and close racing when running my Inferno GT in a 'stock' or 'spec' class. If I wanted, I could easily drop a hotter motor and I could run and compete with the 'open' class.
To me, the Serpent looks to have several significant performance differences from existing GT cars. In my opinion, this creates a 'have' and 'have not's'. Would a current GT 'open' car with the same engine be able to compete with this car (assuming same driving skill)? By the looks of it, I'd say no...and that's where my concern is.
I liken the GT class to what Vintage Trans AM created for themselves in 1:10 electric. VTA cars are not about going faster, they are more about creating an even playing field. This attracted people because they felt they could compete based on their tuning and driving skill, and not have to constantly spend money in attempt to keep up with 'The Jones'.
I totally understand (and agree with) the desire for more GT brands, and understand for the desire for technology...but I look at this car and feel it is the wrong direction for long term growth or sustainability for GT.
Hopefully I'm wrong. The Serpent looks cool, no doubt. Shit, I want one
My passion is onroad racing, and I've watched it swiftly shrink in size. GT has been one of the most exciting additions, and I only hope is for it to continue to grow.