The Viper 977-e 4wd EP produced by Serpent in 1/8 scale Touring Car series AWD drivetrain assembly kit, is classified in R/C Models - On-Road - Touring Cars - Electric Powered
Serpent Viper 977-e is the 1/8 scale electric powered version of the Viper.
- Class: 1/8th scale electric on-road
- Purpose: High-end competition
- Weight: 2.3 kg (depending on gear)
- Track-width rear: 260mm - 266mm
- Track-width front: 250mm - 260mm
- Wheel base: Adjustable 296 - 300mm +/-1.7mm
- Chassis: 5mm carbon fibre, precision CNC machined
- Radio plate: 2.5mm carbon fibre
- Suspension: Independent double wishbone suspension
- Shock absorbers: RCM shock absorbers
- Rear axle: Solid rear axle
- Front axle: Aluminium front axle with one-way bearings
- Instructions: Full colour Instruction manual
- Adjustability: Camber, Caster, Down-stops, Up-stops, Toe-in, Track width,
Wheel base, Front and rear roll centre
- Not Included: radio equipment, wheels, tires, battery packs, speedo, motor
are not included.
- Carbon fibre chassis 5mm and topplate 2.5mm
- Carbon fibre battery bolder / protectors, fully adjustable fits most 3S
- Lipo packs mount on each side off center, very low and super balanced
- 2 belt system with 5mm belts
- Large pullies and ballraced belt tensioners
- Aluminium 7075 T6 motorholder in center, easy to change motor
- Aluminium fan-holder to mount 2 small or one larger fan
- 14T motorpully / 48T spur ratio
- Viper 977 front and rear suspension and shocks
- Race-ready weight around 2600 to 2650 grams
2 belt system with 5mm wide belts for optimized effectivity. Both belts have
5mm stiff carbon fibre chassis in perfect symmetrical shape for even flex and
Countersunk holes, chamfered edges for more cornering, ground clearance. All
screws from the bottom are with 2.5mm allen size.
2.5mm carbon fibre top-deck to create a strong and stiff connection between
the front and rear-end of the car . The servo is mounted in the center of the
car and can hold large and low profile servos. The center offers also space
fo the receiver which can be glued to the small plate/ clips.
Strong carbon fibre battery holders, which can be easily adjusted to fit most
popular 2S or 3S battery packs. The batteries can be moved more to the front
or the back with the flexible mounting system. This can be used to change the
balance of the car, to create more steering or grip. The low and central position
of the batteries create the lowest and best possible CG.
Strong carbon fibre speedo plate, which fits most popular speedos well. The
plate with speedo attached can be easily removed.
Smart machined aluminium motorholder in 8mm very durable unit, which can stand
the enormous power of the brushless motors. It is also connected to the rear
bearingblocks to create a stiff, yet flexible construction. The gearmesh is
easily adjusted from the bottom of the car. The kit includes a 14T pinion, other
pinions are available as options.
Middle shaft holder in 7075 T6 alumium to hold and support the mid-shaft and
spur (14T/48T). This makes changing a spur gear a fast and easy affair.
Of course the 977E has most other features in common with the 977:
The strong aerodynamic shaped composite bumper comes from the 977 . The upward
edges make it more stabile, so these wont touch the surface under impact or
with high temperatures.
The durable alu front bodyposts are excentric , to allow moving the body to
front or back a few mm to optimize steering / downforce.
The steeringblock , which can be mounted left or right, offers a system to
change the axle position more to front or back giving a trailing or leading
steering, and the ability to change the kingpin-inclination and offset.
The spring-steel steering-rods are fastened to the alu steeringplates, which
mount to the new steeringblocks. Optional carbon fibre disks can be mounted
on the side of the steeringblocks to stiffen the assembly and for aerodynamic
The steeringblock is right and left the same, and features an aluminium plate
to connect the steering-rods, 2 options for Ackermann.
The long durable front lower wishbones, are mounted superlow in the car, and
feature a semi covered leg for the inner suspension pin and the pivot link for
the front anti-roll bar system, its also has an extension for the down-stop
screw . The lower arms hold the lower alu shockmount plate, which allows a further
out and higher mounting point for the front shocks. The strong upper arms can
be used left and right. The front lower arms connect to the alu front bracket
on very low nylon holders. The kit includes 2 versions, low and superlow. This
system also enables you to replace a front driveshafts very quick and easy.
The longer upper arms are mounted between the anodized aluminium top brackets,
which also hold the suspension pin inserts to allow camber-change adjustments
with 3 possible inserts . Below the alu top-brackets spacers can be used to
change angle or height. Caster spacers are used as simple clips on the upper
pivot pins. Same clips are also used on the lower pins to change wheelbase.
The topmounted composite bracket gives extra stiffness to the front section,
it holds the 3mm thick carbon fibre front shocktower and allow for the down-stop
The ballraced front anti-roll bar is a wire type, with very easy and fast open
access on the front, captured in the alu front braces. The standard wire is
2.5mm and 2 other as options. The pivotballs link system directs the power to
the bar in a smooth way and easy to adjust the tweak with the captured pivotball.
In the front the alu front axle with Japan-made one-way bearings features a
free of play and super-true pully assembly . Springsteel drivecups, strong,
long and thin spring-steel driveshafts with CVD system, and ballraced springsteel
wheelaxles with alu quick-change levers. The open front end design allows for
very fast and easy removal of the front axle or parts.
The springloaded servo-saver allows easy and fast Ackermann settings. The servo-saver
features a top mounted insert which can be used in 3 positions. Another 2 Ackermann
positions on the steeringblocks.
The steeringblocks and rear uprights connect to the arms with springsteel 8.5mm
pivotballs , which run very smooth and well protected in nylon cups, and are
easy to adjust with an allen tool.
All the supertrue pullies have holes in the side flanges to allow dirt and
dust to move out easier.
The rear end construction with the alu brackets holds the rear axle. Its open
design allows for eas of maintenance and cleaning, and needs very few screws
to dis-assemble. Replacing a belt in case needed, is simple and very fast too.
The excenter on the rear shaft allows for belt tensioning.
The ballraced rear anti-roll bar mount in steel adaptors, which run in nylon
spacers in the alu holders as integral part of the rear brackets, with 2.5mm
as standard wire and 2 other as options. The anti-roll bar links to the rear
lower arms with adjustable trackrod guidance.
The solid rear axle with new lightweight 48T pulley in Serpent springsteel,
9mm wide with 4 slots for the pin.
The suspension bracket and rear plate hold the pins firmly and have composite
roll-center inserts to allow for fast and precise changes.
In the rear strong springsteel driveshafts , springsteel wheel-axles with alu
quick-change levers and a springsteel rear axle. Very durable and lasting drivetrain
The long durable rear lower wishbones can be used left and right. The lower
rear arm holds the low mounted link for the rear anti-roll bar and holds the
alu mounting plate of the rear shocks, which allows a position which is very
far to the rear and to the outside for best performance/ geometry. The lower
arms also hold the easily accessible down-stop screws. Nylon clips are used
on the lower rear pins to change wheelbase.
The durable composite uprights hold the ballraced spring steel wheelaxles,
with aluminium quick-change levers. The 8.5mm piotballs are used to adjust camber
fast and easy with the smooth hex-shaped plugs . The arms of the floating bodymount
mount to the top of the uprights. On top of the up-right spacers can be added
under the pivotball to change rollcenter and camberchange.
Optional carbon fibre disks can be mounted on the side of the uprights for aerodynamic
The adjustable rear upper camber links mount to the rear carbon camberplate
with 2 positions .
The rear floating bodymount is mounted on the up-rights with 2 arms and held
in place by a carbon-fibre-steel guider. The 2 arms have 2 positions to choose
from, depending on body In use. The end of the mount allow for mounting body-supports
, with full threading to allow exact positioning. The system leads the available
downforce direct onto to the uprights to the tyres.
The kit features high speed ballbearings, mostly sealed ones with aeroshell
lubrication or grease. All bearings in the car ( except for the servosaver and
brakecam) are seated in nylon bushings to reduce vibrations and play.
The shockabsorbers are the latest Serpent RCM units with membrames. The threaded
houses with setting-nuts ( or-ring inside) makes ride height changes easy and
precise. The front and rear shock are identical. The RCM shocks are very smooth,
and easy to assemble and fill. The shocksprings are selected, matched, flatgrinded,