Serpent F110 SF2 Testing
2 October 2015
Jeffrey Mackie tells us about his testing of Serpent's latest F1 kit.
By Jeffrey Mackie
Jeffrey here with my thoughts on the latest and greatest F1 from Serpent the F110 SF2.
I have been testing this car for a while now and have finally found it to be better than the previous generation of the car, after initially I was wanting the old one back the new car has grown on me. I now use rear electronics for maximum steering and rear traction.
On the cars arrival it was exciting as David Ehrbar had just won the Italian ETS round which meant this was a quality kit. On unboxing, everything was as you would expect from serpent - all in order for the build so no parts are loose for too long and it all goes together nicely.
So lets focus on sections of the car. The front end some say looks the same as an Xray X1, but if you look closely it is not very similar at all. The only similarity I see is the caster adjustment is the same method as Xray, the rest is unique. Also the lower suspension plate is close to the Yokomo style but has less flex when using the rigid style suspension as I am.
The Middle section of the car is pretty close to the previous version but another change was to use the opposite pivot ball system to before which is shared with its smaller twin the S120 LTR. This system to me initially made no sense at all. Why? What would this system achieve? However, it has proved to be the best pivot ball system I have ever seen. I have had a few disagreements with track domes and expect the car to be tweaked afterwards. BUT I go around for a lap and boom it is back to racing speed no tweak or any worse performance as the previous F1 did.
This brings us to the link to the rear Pod, connected the same way as with most F1 kits with 2 links. The rear pod is almost 100% the same as before just changing the lower chassis plate to adapt the new pivot system. Unlike some manufacturers Serpent includes wings with the kit. Now I have been known to not have much appreciation for these wings at my local track BUT the front wing on larger tracks is a weapon, and the best I have used. On small technical tracks I tend to go to the old lexan style. The Rear wing on a small track like where I usually race isn't noticeably different to the older wing, but when I went to a very large outdoor track, well let's just say it didn't work at all. Through sweeping corners the back end would spin so I bolted on the old F110 wing and all was solved. I am keen to try the Rear diffuser for my small track to see if it gives any advantage but I am already the fastest through the sweeper so it would be hard to make it even better but we will see.
Overall the kit out of the box is plenty to give anybody a fair go at real F1 racing. Easy to drive and plenty of rear traction. There are only a few drivers I have seen with this car at my local track and elsewhere but they tell me they are happy with the kit so I hope the popularity will grow. I've found it to compete well with the Xray X1. Have fun with your F110 SF2.