The new Serpent 720 \'08 is a further refined version of the European B Championship winning chassis. Maintaining the cars race winning geometry and already high specification, the 2008 version will now be supplied with a number of great option parts as standard.
The new main features of the Serpent 720 \'08 are the a new black anodised chassis plate, front brass plate, new 0 and 1mm offset steering blocks, an aluminium radio plate X bracket and single piece orange anodised engine mount.
Apart from the options, some of the cars standard parts have also been improved such as the fuel tank, which is now made from a more crash resistant material, while the mounted AFL tank lid comes with the new improved rubber seal. Other improvements include the use of a smaller diameter flywheel and the inclusion of Serpent’s new shock springs.
The rear end of the Serpent 720 \'08 features strong 1-piece lower wishbones and fully adjustable uprights. As with all the wishbones on the car, the lower wishbones can be used on both the left and right sides, minimizing the number of spare parts needed to bring to the track. The rear upright features robust pivotball mounting points on the bottom and two upper camber link mounting holes for fine-tuning rear roll centre.
The rear anti-roll bar for the Serpent 720 \'08 is ball-raced for extra precision. Stiffness is quickly and easily adjustable by changing the linkage mounting points on the lower wishbones or alternatively by changing the position of the ball joint pivot point on the roll bar itself.
To further stiffen the rear end of the car, we have created a distinctive S-shaped carbon brace which spans the two rear bearing blocks.
The Serpent 720 \'08 continues to use an adjustable linkage as it has proved to be solid and lightweight, easily handling impacts, while offering improved and simple adjustment. The two inner mounting positions of each camber link offer an easy way to adjust camber rise.
The 720\'s braking system has been race proven and comes with a single ventilated brake disk to further improve braking performance and consistency.
Serpent has included an improved version of their 75cc fuel tank in the 720 \'08 which has been made from a newer stronger material. The milky white coloured tank will now have more resistance to shattering in the event of a heavy impact. The tank is top-mounted using rubber-covered aluminium mountings to isolate the tank from vibrations, and small body clips allow for quick & easy removal.
Improving on the concept that Serpent pioneered, their famous AFL fuel tank lid has been updated once more. Made from rubber, the new seal has been shaped to create a perfect seal around the opening of the tank and allowing the tank lid to close fully.
The chassis plate has now been black anodised and features a machined recess to mount the supplied front brass plate, an option that helps remove snap oversteer and allows the car to corner faster and smoother. Made from high-grade 4mm thick aluminium, this chassis plate features countersunk screw holes along the bottom to ensure that no screws come in contact with the ground. The chassis also features chamfered edges to give greater clearance when going over curbs or when running low to the ground and just for looks we have anodised the chassis black.
To keep the centre-of-gravity as low and as centralised as possible, the chassis also houses the car\'s battery pack.
The simplicity of the rear end of the 720 means it is possible to remove the rear axles with only 6 screws. This configuration also makes it very easy to adjust the rear lower roll centre positions. Another great feature of the rear end is that the body mounting posts are no longer mounted directly to the carbon shock tower but are instead mounted to a flexible composite body mount plate. This reduces the chance of shock tower breakage even in large accidents.
These new adjusting nuts are made from Nylon and replace the previous aluminium nut with plastic insert which will not only makes assembly easier, it also reduces unsprung weight. Reducing the parts used at this point also reduces side play so it makes for a more precise handling car and because the material used is self-lubricating the movement of the pivot ball will remain smooth throughout use.
The car also comes supplied with orange anodised aluminium hex wheel adaptors that ensure that flex is eliminated in the drive train when under strain.
The supplied gear differentials give smooth differential action and high durability, and gear slippage is non-existent due to the geared design. Performance and tuning characteristics are easily adjusted via gear oils of different thicknesses.
As an added extra, the Serpent 720 \'08 comes with the previously optional front one way system as well the one way lock set to make it into a solid axle, ensuring your car will be ready for all conditions.
The RCC shock absorbers are the smoothest and easiest to build shocks ever designed. Machined from metal and unique in that the shock bodies only open on the bottom half, they are really simple to assemble. They come with a fixed piston and no longer use a diaphragm as with the previous shocks. The result is an ultra-smooth and air-free shock absorber thanks to the self-bleeding system incorporated into the design.
Another great benefit is that these shock absorbers come pre-assembled in the kit, so you need only add shock oil.
Supplied with the 720 \'08 kit are these Evo2 steering blocks, which are supplied in 2 sets with 0 and 1mm kingpin angle. These new blocks have 1mm more offset compared to the standard versions, which gives the car a more smooth steering style. The 0-degree blocks work well on medium traction surfaces while the 1-degree blocks work better on low to medium level traction surfaces. However if you swap the left and right 1-degree blocks, the car will then work better in high grip tracks, actually reducing the effects of grip roll, while at the same time giving the car smoother, more consistent, cornering.
The 720 \'08 comes with a new smaller diameter flywheel but continues to use the same lightweight and well-tested transmission as in previous versions. Featuring a fine gear pitch and lightweight components, the result is better acceleration whilst the race-winning Centax-III clutch system is easily adjusted and performs brilliantly.
An aluminium radio plate X bracket also comes as standard, that not only looks great but also helps increase rigidity of the car, while finally, to ensure the engine mounting points are kept aligned, reducing stress on the crankcase, the 720-08 is supplied with the single piece orange anodised engine mount.
Rigidity is important in a modern day chassis, and this car is no exception. Sporting graphite side plates, a technology that Serpent pioneered, this car is ultra stiff and allows the shock absorbers and suspension components to work more effectively by reducing unwanted chassis flex.
The left chassis stiffener also doubles as the mounting point for the side belt tensioner.
A direct replacement of the original servo saver, this new version allows the user to easily adjust the cars Ackerman through the use of inserts thus eliminating the need to remove the entire assembly. Users can now find the most suitable setting by easily switching between the 4 different Ackerman settings now available to them.
The front anti-roll bar uses the effective blade system. The mounting levers are used to adjust both upstop and downstop settings.
Precision machined disk brake, due to its excellent cooling characteristics, this ventilated brake disk allows smooth and precise braking. Its also very lightweight and is also very cool looking. Simple and effective stopping power.
The wheel axles are made from the highest quality steel. Sporting a threaded shaft to mount the wheel, these parts are built to last. The 720 \'08 comes with 2 rear wheel axles made for dog bones whilst the front drive shafts make up part of the supplied CVD system.
Supplied with orange-sealed high-quality lightweight bearings throughout, the drive train is very efficient and runs very smoothly.
The 720 \'08 comes supplied with the finest Spring Steel drive shafts capable of withstanding constant punishment; these shafts are ultra durable and very stiff allowing you to put all your power to the tarmac. The rear of this car uses dogbones while the front uses the supplied CVD shafts.
The 720 \'08 sports a now tried and tested drive ratio that makes it suitable for all tracks. The car comes with 3 completely new, narrow, low friction Kevlar belts.
The ultra-lightweight but very strong aluminium pivot balls provide a huge weight saving over the steel versions without compromising strength, and we have provided them as standard.
The bumper plate is made from a high-quality composite that is impact resistant. This is all protected by the low profile foam bumper which can withstand huge impacts and still protect your car. The front bumper mount is also the mounting point for the front body posts.
As an added extra, the 720 \'08 kit will also come with a Le Mans type bumper which can be used with both sedan body or GTP type body shell and can offer more protection than the standard bumper, due to its extra width.
The car contains high-quality steel screws throughout.
The exhaust mount is a spring-type mounting wire that isolates vibrations. The wire mount is attached to the radio plate by a mounting post and secured in place with a set screw.
The nose block ensures that the downstop settings are not altered by impacts. This piece also doubles as a neat personal transponder mount.
The Serpent 720 has been designed with the highest level of competition in mind and is therefore fully adjustable. The racer can change numerous settings easily and effectively, including the suspension geometry. Upstops and downstops can be easily accessed and easily adjusted for optimum handling, as can the cars roll centers at both the front and rear of the car. Castor, toe, and camber are also easily adjusted.
Serpent supplies a full-colour instruction manual to allow you to build your car with the greatest of ease. A separate brochure containing all exploded views and latest option parts is also supplied with the car.
Introduced originally with the Serpent 710, the Setup Book has now been improved and updated for the new Serpent 720 and contains set-up solutions, diagrams, and detailed theory. Also included is a Serpent 720 decal sheet and blank set-up sheet.
All Manuals are available to download as a PDF in the \'Downloads\' section of this product page.
Product Type:Gas Cars > 1/10 200mm:
Not included:Engine and pipe, body, radio equipment, 5-cell battery pack, tires
Chassis:4mm aluminum, black anodised 7075 aerospace quality, CNC machined, includes brass plate
Suspension:Independant double wishbone suspension.
Radio plate:2mm carbon fiber, CNC machined
Shock absorbers:Pre-assembled RCC shock absorbers
Fuel tank:75cc design with 'AFL' tank lid
Wheel base:257mm +/- 1.7mm
Purpose:200mm Touring Car Track Racer
Drive system:4wd through kevlar reinforced timing belts
Major titles:2007 European 'B' Champion, 2007 Winternats Champion, US National Champion 2006
Front axle:Pre-assembled Gear Differential / Optional One way axle
Class:1/10th Scale 200mm
Rear axle:Pre-assembled Gear Differential
Adjustability:Camber, Caster, Down-stops, Up-stops, Toe-in, Track width, Roll centers, Belt tension
Weight:1.695kg (depending on radio gear)
Max. speed:100km/h +
Gearbox:Lightweight 2-speed with interchangeable fine pitch gears
Instructions:Full color instruction manual, reference guide and setup book
Acceleration:0-90km/h : 3.0 seconds
Clutch system:Centax-III clutch system with interchangeable hard anodized aluminum fine pitch gears
2009 Winternats: DJ Apolaro reports (02/17/2009)
Hi Serpent racers,
This past week was the very long Winternats race held at the famous Fort Myers track. It is the first International race of the year and always show to be very competitive. Team Serpent was there with Michael, Paolo, Myself and others. We were on hand to show off the new 966 1/8 scale and sedan 720 09\'. Doug was there as well to support Serpent racers with parts and had a Serpent display booth. We arrived as a team on Sunday morning and started breaking in motors and testing the new cars. Serpent Off-road designer Billy Easton was also on hand to help the team with set-up ideas and conversation.
02/12/2009 USA Winternats underway
01/02/2009 PR: Winter Caribbean Cup 2008
12/09/2008 Serpent victories in USA
11/03/2008 Onorato wins VZL championship 2008 with 720
10/29/2008 Team Serpent sweeps Puerto Rico Rd 10
10/14/2008 USA Nats 200mm nitro
10/08/2008 Max Claes wins Belgian title at 15!
09/16/2008 The Apolaro Report - Florida State Series
09/15/2008 Swedish Cup victory for Peo
08/19/2008 Championship success for Lawlor
08/12/2008 ORCA Championship title for Byrne
07/30/2008 Dempsey heads Serpent 1-2
07/22/2008 Another win for Branson
07/13/2008 Connolly is 2008 Irish Champion
07/10/2008 Team Serpent win Brazilian Nats Round 3
07/07/2008 Connolly repeats double
06/25/2008 Meister wins in Oberhausen
06/23/2008 SDD star Sang Joon Nam wins Korean Nationals
06/23/2008 Double Podium for Serpent in Swedish Cup
06/22/2008 National success for 720 in Greece
06/16/2008 Serpent 1-2-3 at ORCA Race
06/16/2008 Paolo Morganti reports on Capitol Classic
06/10/2008 Green gives Serpent 720 third BRCA win
06/04/2008 Henriet takes 720 to Belgian victory
06/03/2008 Connolly first to do the double in Ireland
06/02/2008 Hungarian Nationals success for Team Serpent
05/20/2008 Hard View - Swedish Nationals Round 2
05/18/2008 Return victory for Lacey
05/06/2008 Winik takes Round 2 of Brazilian Nationals
04/30/2008 Truck success for Serpent at Cotswold
03/31/2008 Nam takes double win at KORG
03/25/2008 Team Serpent TQ & Win Greek Nationals opener
03/10/2008 Mouton TQ\'s 720 08 at French Nationals
03/10/2008 Dempsey TQ\'s Irish season opener
02/26/2008 Irish Champion doubles campaign with Serpent
02/18/2008 The Apolaro Report - Florida Winternats
01/23/2008 Another successful Hong Kong Nitro Tour
01/14/2008 Apolaro wins Florida State Series Round 5
01/14/2008 Business as usual for Zachariades
01/06/2008 Hong Kong kicks off 2008 Serpent Nitro Tour
12/03/2007 Serpent introduce the 720-08
11/28/2007 Sang Jun & Hyun Ho win 2007 Korea Cup
11/27/2007 Maxy Velazco wins ROAR Masters title
11/13/2007 Nations Cup glory for Spain and Netherlands
11/04/2007 France comfirm Nations Cup entry
11/04/2007 Zachariades secures Cyprus 1:10 Championship
10/29/2007 Business as usual for Zachariades
10/16/2007 Serpent Racing School AMCA Apeldoorn
10/15/2007 Spain confirms Serpent Nations Cup teams
10/14/2007 Maxim Claes wins final Belgian 1:10 ecounter
10/14/2007 Noris Cup Report
10/08/2007 Chaussard TQ\'s French Championship Finale
10/01/2007 Austria announce strong Nations Cup squad
09/23/2007 Another win for Zachariades in Cyprus
09/18/2007 Schuitmaker wins Dutch Nationals finale
09/17/2007 Malveiro and 720 are Portuguese Champions
09/11/2007 Branson secures third BRCA podium finish
09/03/2007 Bergfelt is Swedish Champion
08/29/2007 Austrian hosts second Nitro Tour
08/20/2007 Dalton Touring Master
08/19/2007 Mazzeo is European Junior Champion
08/17/2007 Strong Qualifying for Team Serpent
08/15/2007 Serpent pleased with Day 3 performances
07/23/2007 Branson notches up 2nd BRCA podium
07/15/2007 2007 Nations Cup date announced
07/10/2007 Serpent do the double at Trofeo Novarossi
07/03/2007 Yet another A Final showing for Branson
06/21/2007 Mobers and 720 TQ again!
05/06/2007 Alessio Mazzeo takes the EC-B crown
03/08/2007 Serpent win Spanish Nationals opener
11/09/2006 Serpent 1/10 scale 200mm combo-packs: new !!
11/07/2006 2006 AMT Cup Friedrichshafen
11/05/2006 AMT Cup Friedrichshafen big success !!
08/23/2006 2006 European championship 200mm
07/25/2006 720 win 3rd Latin American Cup