Sneak Peek: New Tamiya Models Coming Soon – Zakspeed Turbo Capri, TRF Pro Chassis, More

Aug 15, 2013 No Comments by

Lots of interesting new stuff on the way from Tamiya, courtesy of the Coming Soon section at Tamiya.com. The M-chassis line gets a new hot hatch in the form of the GoPro Suzuki Swift as piloted by the legendary “Monster” Tajima, and TT-02 platform hots the street with vintag road-racing style in a beautiful Zakspeed Turbo Capri lexan. On the TRF front, new race-spec versions of the FF-03, TA04, and DB01 are slated–looks like Tamiya officially has something for everyone! Details below from Tamiya.com.

Tamiya_GoPro_2

The GoPro Monster Sport Super Swift is a 6-time consecutive winner of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race held in the U.S. It is based on the Suzuki Swift and custom-built by Monster Sport. The 4WD car features wind tunnel-tested aerodynamics and a 400hpplus 1.9-liter engine.

The Tamiya R/C model faithfully captures the fun and maneuverability of the real life subject as it comes on the proven M-05 M-chassis platform. The M-05 is a simple to build FWD (front wheel drive) machine, which allows for plenty of after-market parts to be outfitted as you grow with your skill. The lightweight, narrow semi-monocoque frame offers an optimized weight distribution and a low center of gravity. A ground-hugging 4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension and a 3-piece steering linkage ensure excellent stability during high-speed cornering. 

Three wheelbase lengths (210mm, 225mm, 239mm) are possible by simply switching the position of the rear suspension parts, enabling a wide range of body choices available from Tamiya. 

Tamiya_DB01RR

The popular DB01 off-road 4WD chassis receives an update made with racing enthusiasts in mind. This limited edition chassis kit includes a number of Option Parts to give the chassis excellent performance in competition racing. The chassis lower deck is compatible with square-shaped batteries, and the kit includes big bore aeration dampers for high-level off road driving. The front and rear of the model receive fluid filled and sealed gear differential units, reducing the need for maintenance and allowing longer running times.

Hop-Up-Option parts include:

54015 DB01 Assembly Universal Shaft (Front)

54016 DB01 Assembly Universal Shaft (Rear)

54018 DB01 Slipper Clutch Set

54037 DB01 Aluminum Suspension Mount (Front)

54038 DB01 Aluminum Suspension Mount (Rear)

54039 DB01 Aluminum Suspension Block

Tamiya_Zakspeed_2

The Ford Zakspeed Turbo Capri Gr.5 Würth joins the ever growing selction of iconic sports and race cars offered on the easy to assemble TT-02 chassis. The car was the result of the tie-up between the legendary Zakspeed racing team and Ford. It achieved excellent results throughout its racing career, the highlight being in the 1981 season in which it blew away its rivals.

Tamiya has faithfully reproduced this sleek racing machine in 1/10 scale on the TT-02 entry level touring car chassis. The TT-02 chassis platform is the successor to the TT-01 as it incorporates many new features to make it even easier for the new R/C kit builder to assemble and learn from. The TT-02 chassis performs well as cornering and overall speed has been enhanced to take advantage of new electronics available on the market. In addition to the TT-02 being an ideal platform to start from, R/C hobbyists can expand its potential by adding many of the Ho-Up-Options available to increase the cars speed and performance.

Tamiya_FF03

This limited edition release of the front-motor, front wheel drive FF-03 chassis has been tweaked further for ultimate Front-wheel-drive performance. The vertical frame has been removed from the newly-designed 2.5mm carbon frame, while a 2.0mm-thick upper deck has been added.

2.5mm Carbon Lower Deck 2.0mm Carbon Upper Deck 3.0mm Carbon Rear Damper Stay Aluminum Rear Bulkhead Aluminum Rear Upper Arm Mount Aluminum Front Damper Mount Aluminum Steering Mount

 

Tamiya_TB04Pro

The TB-04 PRO chassis is the successor to the TB-03 chassis, and this race circuit chassis inherits its efficient shaft-driven 4WD system with a newly developed, horizontally-positioned motor placement design. The chassis features a number of newly-designed parts and provides a blend of speed and handling that R/C racers are sure to enjoy.

The TB-04 shares the same double wishbone, independent suspension parts seen on the TB-03, TA-05 Version II and TRF 416/417 series of proven chassis designs.

 

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