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Old 11-19-2003, 03:30 PM
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Default RE: Its Hear! The New Serpent 710!!!

no price yet. But here is some more press.

Testing the pre production 710 :

By: Rob Kuijper (NL)

The first run out was with a set of brand new Ellegi 40 shore tires all round and a fresh 2106 engine just run in at the bench, I was told by Rene to take it a little easy in the beginning to get used to the car and also to get the tires and the engine bed in some more.
The car gave me a good feeling right away only it was totally different from the 1/8th scale 950 that i normally run, after about 5 minutes of driving the car smoothly around the still a bit dusty track, Rene called me in to adjust the engine a bit leaner and this came as a gift for me because the car felt it could handle the power with ease.

This is the result of several hours of driving the 710 without cleaning !

After refueling and adjustment on the main needle of the engine, the car was put back into the track and when i pushed my throttle stick forward the car shot off out of the pit lane into the fast sweeper which goes onto the straight. The car felt that good that i could take the sweeper already in second gear and it felt like it had even more steering left to go even quicker through it ! The speed on the straight was amazing and the car kept on increasing its speed all the way to the end of the straight. Then into the hairpin and braking hard steering into it the car followed a tight line with ease and the cornering speed was kept even in this tight section of the track. Then the Mickey mouse section came up and the car handled brilliantly through that before i knew it i was on the back straight rocketing towards the omega corner which is normally quite difficult to do in one smooth line but it Stayed on the inside and i could get back onto the power very soon. coming into the hairpin in front of the rostrum i backed off the throttle and just steered into it and the car again followed the initial line without running too wide ! after this lap i felt so comfortable with the 710 that i tried too push the car even more without getting messy and the car just did it lap after lap !

The chassis has scratch marks because of running out of tires, the car still drove very good on very small tires !

The tires now were at an perfect size and the lap times showed a very consistent string of quick times, witch to me were just like it was going too easy, but most of the time when you are smooth your times are quicker than when you have sideways moments, so this smooth feeling was very pleasant to me.

When driving the 710 witch had the basic set-up, it felt like the car had a large sweet-spot in the corners and you could position the car with the amount of power you give to it, this feeling i never had with a 200mm touring car and i thought it could not be possible with a 200mm but now i know that this feel is not only when you drive a 1/8th scale car but also with a 710 ! By the way the car is very fast out of the corners because of the very low rotating mass, and extremely smooth drive train.

Rene made several adjustments to the car in the runs later in the day and i have to say that the car responded very well to it, when we drove to the track he told me several set-up possibility's and the reactions the car would have on them. He adjusted the car without me knowing what he did and let me drive it, than he said what he had changed on it and amazingly enough it worked out just like he told me before !

One of the nicest things we tried was making the front axle solid, he did it while i was getting some coffee from the canteen and when i came back he had the car ready to try within a few minutes, this is a really cool feature on this car. When i drove off with the car it felt not so much different than before until i came at the end of the straight when i applied the brakes the car slowed down in an abnormal way ! clipping the apex way too soon , WOW ! How late can i brake with this car ??? well at some point i started to over do it and it ran into the dust on the outside of the corner, ok that is a little too late but what a thrill ! The car was in general a little slower on the lap times but still very consistent, i think on a tight technical track it would work great, and you can change it back so easy, seeing is believing.

All in all it was a great experience and i feel proud to be part of the oportunity to run with the car in the pre production stage, and i almost cannot wait to build an drive my own 710 ! Let the summer begin !!!

C-YA

Rob


this article reproduced from Serpent Motorsports