Tamiya Japan Reveals Rock Socker CR-01

Apr 09, 2014 No Comments by

No pic of this bad boy at the Tamiya USA site yet, so we snagged this shot from Tamiya Japan–remember, “www” stands for world wide web! The trail-taming CR-01 platform is the latest Tamiya rig to get a new-body refresh. Dubbed the “Rock Socker,” the truck’s lexan bodywork is based on the classic Stadium Blitzer design with a new color scheme and graphics. Since it’s a CR-01, you can count on aluminum chassis rails, solid axles spun by a center gearbox via shafts, and 4-link suspension and a unique shock setup–see the detail below. We like the look of this guy right out of the box, and Tamiya offers a gang of hop-ups to trick it out. We’ll build one up as soon as we can snag one.

 

Rock_Socker

Nice stance. Tamiya’s stuff always looks great.

 

cr01_chassis

This is Tamiya’s stock CR-01 chassis shot, the Rock Socker may have a few different touches (such as red bead-lock rings, for sure).

 

CRocker

Here’s a closeup of the unique shock setup; the spring is removed from the damper and squeezed directly by the axle, while the damper is compressed by a linkage and bellcrank.

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