Associated’s Next Re-Release? We Look Back at the RC10 Worlds Car

Jan 09, 2014 4 Comments by

Over the past few days, rumors have been swirling about the possibility of a re-release of Team Associated’s RC10 Worlds Car. First spotted online as a line item in the new B5 and B5M manuals (similar to how the new B-cars themselves were leaked in the TC6.2 manual) the internet quickly exploded with news about the car and the questions began. Could this be true or is it just another case of the A-Team messing with us? After all we should remember that they have embedded things like “RC10H Helicopter” and “RC10AP Airplane” in the past. Is it possible that this is just a clever trick? Only time will tell.

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In the meantime, and since we’re on the topic, let’s take a look at the RC10 Worlds Car. The Worlds Car was released in celebration of Brian Kinwald’s 1993 IFMAR World Championship win in Basildon, England. It represented not only the truest version of a “Factory Team” vehicle in a production box but also marked the end of an era for the RC10 which would be replaced by the composite chassis RC10B2. It was the most fully-optioned RC10 ever offered, featuring not only the Stealth transmission and Team Shocks from the the Team Edition, but also a CNC milled chassis, graphite shock towers and a new, sleeker body with a few smaller updates in parts and materials. The final Worlds Car was available with the milled aluminum tub chassis or a narrowed graphite chassis and represented the closest thing to an out-of-the-box “works” car as driven by Kinwald himself.

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We reviewed the RC10 Worlds Car in our October 1994 issue. Here’s a look inside  the most sought-after and collectable car Associated has ever produced, as it appeared in the pages of RC Car Action. Click the pics to enlarge.

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Associate Editor I can say that I’ve never done ANYTHING as long as I’ve been into RC. I got my first car when I was 11 and never looked back. Since then I’ve owned hundreds of cars and trucks and raced everything from Off-Road to Boats but I’m an Oval racer at heart. Whether I’m down siding a jump or going fast and turning left, it’s all on and my foot is to the floor! I love seeing new people discover our hobby and helping anyone I can enjoy it more. When I’m not racing or writing, I like to restore vintage RC cars and organize the Vintage Offroad Nationals. I’m also a dad and enjoy teaching my son how to drive and watching him get into this hobby on his own.

4 Responses to “Associated’s Next Re-Release? We Look Back at the RC10 Worlds Car”

  1. Robert Rasta Thulin says:

    Where do these vintage offroad nats happen?
    I got a couple of vintage rc10s and rc10ts, would love to get em out racing..

    • Erich Reichert says:

      The race is held in CT in Sept each year. You can follow the race on FB at facebook.com/vintageoffroadnationals also. Hope to see you there this year!

  2. Kristian says:

    In the article it says that the original worlds car is the most collectible car AE has ever built. Are they really that collectible? I ask because I have one that was assembled to the rolling chassis stage but never completed and was thinking about either finishing it or taking it off the shelf and running it. I still have the original box and manual, and the original tires are not dry rotted at all.

    • Erich Reichert says:

      Yes Kristian, as a collector myself I can assure you that the RC10 Worlds car is one of the most collectable Associated cars there is. Even with the reissue coming out I don’t see them going for much less. A decent but used one fetches a few hundred dollars where a brand new original one is much more. I would say the only things you’d find in equal condition that are more valuable are RC10′s with the MIP 4wd conversion kit on them… maybe the Composite Craft Worlds Conversion but yes the original Worlds is definitely up there.
      -Erich

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