Note: This article needs updating.
This is the first part of our three part article introducing the Serpent Veteq car. The Second Part has more photos and descriptions and the Third Part gives a summary of the features of the Veteq and offers a few suggestions.
Click on any of the photos to view a larger version.
Pictured right is one of the first Serpent Veteq 1/8th scale cars into the UK.
We would have liked to have build one ourselves, but it apparently went together with no problems.
I must say that the car looks infinitely better in the ‘flesh’ than it does in the computer generated pictures I have seen so much of. The finish and fit of the parts of the Serpent cars continues to get better and better. The car feels solid, even the plastic seems to feel harder than that of the previous cars parts.
The pushrod/bell crank type suspension at both the front and the rear is as smooth as silk, with no visible flex or loading of any of the parts.
The radio tray looks almost deserted, as the usually centrally mounted steering servo has been moved under the radio tray to lower the centre of gravity. This does allow the possibility of mounting the receiver on top of the radio tray out of the way of moisture and the inevitable damage that collisions cause.
The change of material to woven carbon fibre for the radio tray is a welcomed change from the material that was used on the Vector.
This car was designed from the ground up to have all parts as low as possible and therefore the design is a fairly complex one.
Although this amounts to a fairly radical design departure for Serpent, those that have been around the model car scene for any length of time (I haven’t, I study a fair bit!) will know that there has been very little that is revolutionary in the model car scene for a number of years. This is not meant as a criticism of Serpent or any other manufacturer - model cars have been around for many years and there are only so many different things you can do within the confines of scale model car design. It is a tribute to the Serpent design and production team in fitting so much into a small space.
As mentioned above the main design concept behind the Veteq is that the centre of gravity should be as low as possible, so the main chassis has been made in two parts, so even the engine can sit lower to the ground. The chassis parts are braces by a thick pair of side plates as well as the engine.
The suspension is based around a system of pushrods that connect the wheels to the longitudinally mounted shock absorbers via ball raced rockers (bell cranks). Obviously Serpent have spent some time working on the geometry to achieve such smooth movement in transferring the up and down movement of the wheels to the back and forth movement of the shock absorbers.
The left photo shows the front suspension assembly, which apart from the pushrod layout is very similar to the Vector front end. It is relatively straight forward and easy to see how the suspension works, which can be better seen in the bigger version.
The rear suspension assembly is shown in the right image, which is not as easy to see how the suspension works, but works on exactly the same principle as the front suspension. The innovative anti-roll (sway) bar was necessary and looks very easy to adjust.
We have some building tips for the Veteq.
For further information regarding the rest of the Serpent range of model cars and accessories please visit the Serpent web site.