By Aaron Waldron
At 11:20 PM CT, Team Associated published what is expected to be the final view of the stereolithography 3D-printed prototype of the RC10B64 4WD buggy ahead of the official release. Showing the full car from the side - the most typical view of a vehicle - it's the first time we've had a chance to get a clear view (pun intended) of the chassis between the front and rear shock towers.
How do we know it's the last teaser? The photo caption was "Ok, just one more, these #SLAprototypes are so cool! #B64 #WeAreAE" It should be noted that the clear-material cars will never be for sale, as they're simply a 3D-printed mock-up for the engineers to confirm how the pieces will fit together. They are not nearly durable enough to be driven, and instead spend their lives on the shelves - with an estimated cost of over $2500 each.
CLICK HERE to view the first teaser, which shows the steering blocks and rear hubs
CLICK HERE to view the second teaser, showing the bottom of the chassis
CLICK HERE to view the third teaser, displaying the steering system and front bulkhead
CLICK HERE to view the fourth teaser, a direct shot of the front end
CLICK HERE to view the fifth teaser, a direct shot of the rear end
CLICK HERE to view the sixth teaser, showing the front of the buggy from above
The first detail I noticed when looking at this picture was the large, blue-anodized chassis brace through which the front-center driveshaft passes - it's the first time we've had a look look at it. The front chassis brace extends back to this sturdy stand-off from the top plate, and it looks like it also provides the basis for the servo mount on the right side. The rear chassis brace connects to the rear bulkhead and chassis, just behind the motor mount, with a slight S-bend. The clear material offers a glimpse at the bearing-support steering system, and there are aluminum drive hexes at the front and rear - the rears are engraved with "5.0mm" - suggesting that alternative widths will be available as tuning options. Finally, note the forward-sweep of the rear camber links; while that won't change how the car works in any way, it does indicate the car is built with rear toe-in and that the arms themselves can be angled further back when built with less toe-in via the replaceable pivot block inserts.
Will we see the full release later today, or will Team Associated make us wait until Black Friday? Stay tuned for more info!