Saturday, January 22, 2011

B-model and parts inventory for the 8070 Supercar

Live images of the 8070 Supercar have started appearing. Eurobricks users "junglistjoey" and "patey" have bought Supercars and shared some new photos of the set's box, parts, and inventory.

8070 Supercar A-model8070 Supercar B-model


We can now see that the B-model instructions aren't included in the box and instead must be downloaded from the Technic site, and what the Hot Rod B-model does. As we already knew, it has steering, suspension, a V-8 engine, and opening "suicide doors". From the back of the box, we can now see the doors, like on the A-model, are opened by the Power Functions motor (although both at the same time, not individually). Also, the main novelty is that it also has a motorised convertible roof, actuated by the same motor. The two functions are switched from a lever by the steering wheel.

8070 box rear


From what I could see, the inventory doesn't include any relevant new parts. I was kind of hoping mLAs would be used for some of the mechanisms, but it appears they were achieved using only "traditional" construction methods.

8070 box contents 1 8070 box contents 2 8070 inventory 1 8070 inventory 2


It includes, among other stuff, four black Technic Steering Arms with 4 Ball Joints and their corresponding Technic Steering CV Joints, which are always good for MOC's. There is, however, a new part I have never seen before...

New part for 8070


It appears to be designed to fit on the existing CV Joint. Maybe it's a simpler/cheaper alternative to the Steering Arm with 4 Ball Joints, for suspension assemblies where steering is not needed. But the set already comes with four Steering Arms with 4 Ball Joints, one for each wheel, as well as four CV Joints... so where is this part used in? Huh? The only explanation I see is that either the A-model uses one kind of suspension assembly, and the B-model uses the other.

Not much time left before this beauty reaches all hands that are waiting for it! Expectation

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

That new part goes into the rear differential.

Anonymous said...

The new part has nothing to do with reducing cost. It replaces a U-joint on suspended driven wheels. Now the engine spins at a velocity constant with the sum of the two rear wheels' velocity. This part brings no extra functional value, nor reduced cost, just mechanical realism.

spacegbluteau said...

Maybe that new piece as someting to do with that part :http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?P=bb75.

Paul Boratko said...

What this piece is actually doing is creating the pivot point at the exact spot where the upper and lower arms move at instead of adding an extra stud that the 3length universal joint does. And it is doing all of this without adding any extra width to the entire axle assembly.

Paul Boratko said...

I just hope that more sets both Technic and Non Technic incorporate this new part somehow, otherwise these are going to be even more expensive to get than a CV joint. I REALLY wish this part existed a few years ago when the new redesigned steering arms came out in the 8297.

This part keeps the drive axle assembly width as narrow as possible while keeping the movement of the suspension true...

Anonymous said...

Paul Boratko said...

"What this piece is actually doing is creating the pivot point at the exact spot where the upper and lower arms move at instead of adding an extra stud that the 3length universal joint does. And it is doing all of this without adding any extra width to the entire axle assembly."

we have a winner!!!

Junkstyle Gio said...

I'm always wondering why new sets are leaked this way by TLC...
(I mean 5 weeks earlier in a (UK)shop than planned?)
Is it to create a hype/buzz around a model?

For me there is only one thing left and that is to wait for another 5 weeks...

Anonymous said...

Perhaps this UK store broke the street date?

Conchas said...

@Alexandre

the answer to your question in the post, is that this is a 2WD car, so there are only two CV Joints used with the rear wheel hubs, leaving the other two, to connect with the new 'CV Joint Axles'.

Paul Boratko said...

@Conchas

Looks like I was right about the worm gears. :)

Conchas said...

@Paul Boratko

Funny that I remembered exactly your words, when I first saw the bottom-side photo from the 8070. :D

Robotica said...

only at ARGOS, and they do not seam to deliver abroad... I feel discriminated :(

Conchas said...

@Robotica

You won't feel discriminated, when the excellent Dutch sale prices will show up!... ;D

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