Monday, February 4, 2013

8ight 3.0

Todd Hodge touched on most of these points, but wanted to take a few minutes and provide everyone with a little information about the Team Losi Racing 8ight 3.0 buggy. 

We spent a lot of time testing and improving the overall quality of the shock package on the 8ight 3.0. We improved the internal finish on the shock bodies to make the shocks as smooth as possible and to have a more consistent feel. The 3.0 also uses machined shock pistons, spacer and guide bushing to support and guide longer 16mm shock. This made huge improvements on bumpy tracks. TLR also change the coating of not only the shock shafts, but also the hinge pins to a much smoother, more durable coating called titanium carbo-nitride.

New springs:
The 8ight 3.0 uses a new Tapered shock spring that not only creates more clearance between the spring cup and the arm, but it also makes the spring rate more progressive. This allows the springs to have a softer rate at ride height and increase in stiffness as the shock is compressed. This system allows you to have increased traction and improved bottoming resistance when land large jumps.

The 8ight 3.0 chassis is not only lighter, but also in machined to have more flex to provide better handling on rough and low grip tracks.

Differential gear set:
The 8ight 3.0 comes with new gears. The new gear set is an updated that makes differential action smoother with an improved gear mesh.

New molded parts:
-Front arm to optimized durability and increased steering angle.
-Rear arm to accept the new droop screws and to have more clearance for the spring cup and optional rear dogbones.
-15 degree castor block (non-inclined). The new blocks not only have more caster, but also a different axle height and camber link location. The provide a much smoother more predictable feel with allow you to drive the car harder. The new axle height decreases dogbone plunge into the outdrive, which provides more consistent handling on all track surfaces.
-Front spindle arm height was changed to allow for more tune ability and bump steer adjustments.
-Body, wing, wing spacers, and wickerbills: The new cab forward body accommodates the revised chassis layout in addition to increased performance. The rear wing features larger side plates and improved air flow for greater downforce. Two included wickerbills accommodate various track conditions for increased downforce. Also included are two sets of wing spacers that move the wing further back on the car for more aerodynamic tuning.
-Wheels light weight dome styled wheels not only look great, but they also provide more clearance for maximum steering angle.

Option parts included:
The 8ight 3.0 has many new features that include improved suspension geometry, 16mm shocks, tapered shock springs, center dogbones, improved droop system, new wing, adjustable wing positioning, and wickerbill system, new wheels, multiple sway bars, 5mm turnbuckles, improved shock shaft and hinge pin coating and metal servo arm inserts. With the 8ight 3.0 you don’t need to purchase any option parts, they are included in the kit! The 8ight 3.0 includes the following option parts:

LOSA1754 Adjustable front pivot.
LOSA1759 LRC adjustable rear pivot.
LOSA3556 Lightweight 48 tooth spur gear.
LOSA3553 HD lightweight front and rear outdrives.
LOSA3554 HD lightweight center outdrives.
LOSA4454 Aluminum gearbox bearing inserts.
TLR4401 Gen 3 radio tray.
TLR3538 Covered 17mm wheel nuts.

Ball bearing steering racks:
The 8ight 3.0 comes with two steering racks (short and long) to adjust the Ackerman. The new steering racks now use ball bearings. Ball bearing steering provides precise steering feel.

Gen 3 radio tray:
Team Losi Racing has found that moving the throttle servo to the front of the vehicle helps to optimize the weight placement and improves the overall balance of the vehicle. The Gen III radio tray also greatly enhances servo life.

More cool features of the 3.0:
-Aluminum servo inserts.
-Brake caliper springs.
-New droop screws for more consistent droop settings.