Todd Hodge talks 8ight-E 2.0
Losi released a new electric 1/8 buggy, the 8ight-E 2.0. I asked Todd Hodge (Product Manager at Losi) to answer those questions to let us know more about this new electric race buggy. I’d like to thank Mr Hodge for his time for this interview.
MyRCBox.com: Who have been involved in the design of the 8ight-E 2.0?
Todd Hodge: Essentially our initial design came from Mathew Lee that gave us a lot of inspiration. From that point Dan Hissam, Jukka Steenari and I led our team to designing and producing this exciting product.
MyRCBox.com: What are the major improvements racers will find on the new 8ight-E 2.0?
Todd Hodge: Mainly the overall package 8E 2.0 is derived from the 8IGHT 2.o. There are so many items to list such as the +2mm longer chassis, improved drivetrain, improved and lightened shock towers, revise 8E body, plastic spur gear, and the list just goes on.
MyRCBox.com: The 8ight-E 2.0 comes with a brushless motor and an ESC. Why does Losi decided to include motor and esc?
Todd Hodge: We feel our motor and esc package is very good and we wanted to be sure to pass this experience onto others.
MyRCBox.com: What are the reasons Losi decided to go with a sensorless motor?
Todd Hodge: We felt the sensorless motor had the most power.
MyRCBox.com: What is the recommended LiPo setup for the 8ight-E 2.0? 4S, 5S?
Todd Hodge: On small tight indoor tracks we like the 3S. On larger outdoor tracks we like the 4S. Rarely do we run the 5S.
MyRCBox.com: The included motor is the Xcelorin 2100KV? Is it not too much power for a buggy?
Todd Hodge: Yeah it can be a bit fast but then again, who wants a slow car.
MyRCBox.com: Does the motor require any specific maintenance?
Todd Hodge: We advise that you oil the bearings after each race event or after a few club races.
MyRCBox.com: What is the average runtime?
Todd Hodge: Around 10-15 minutes depending on available traction.
MyRCBox.com: The ESC can be programmed with the included quick programming card and software. What are the most important setups racers should take care of when programming their ESC?
Todd Hodge: I recommend reducing the brakes as the braking power can be overwhelming. Also pay attention to the different voltage cutoffs with each battery, 3S, 4S and 5S so you protect your investment.
MyRCBox.com: What do you recommend to people interested in buying the Losi 8ight-E as their first vehicle?
Todd Hodge: Pay attention to your battery voltage when running the vehicle. The voltage cutoff is very important. I also recommend trying a 1700KV motor on smaller/technical tracks.
MyRCBox.com: Are suspension and diffs setups for the 8ight 2.0 nitro buggy work fine on the 8ight-E?
Todd Hodge: We like to increase the oil by 5wt to support the heavier car.
MyRCBox.com: What are the “out of the box” suspension and diffs setups?
Todd Hodge: Front oil is 40wt with 54 Pistons with silver springs, Rear oil is 25 weight with 56 pistons with green springs. The diff fluid is 5000 for front and center and 2000wt for the rear.
MyRCBox.com: With such a high quality electric buggy, do you think the electric 1/8 buggy class will take off and becomes as popular as the nitro buggy class?
Todd Hodge: I think it may eventually do this however it is going to take a few years. The convenience of electric will be the converting factor for 1.8th Buggy enthusiasts.
MyRCBox.com: Are the upgrades for the 8ight 2.0 nitro buggy compatible with the 8ight-E 2.0?
Todd Hodge: Yes pretty much all the parts that are available aftermarket for the 8IGHT 2.0 will fit on the 8IGHT-E 2.0.
MyRCBox.com: What upgrades do you recommend first?
Todd Hodge: The first upgrade I recommend is the 8E heat sink (LOSB9325). This heat sink reduces motor temps by 15 to 20 degrees.
MyRCBox.com: The killing question…. Is there an 8ight-TE on the way?
Todd Hodge: There are no immediate plans for an 8IGHT-T-E 2.0 however you can easily convert your truggy to an electric with our conversion kit. LOSA0912 www.losi.com/Products/Features.aspx?ProdId=LOSA0912
For more information, please visit www.losi.com