Our 1980's dreams have been realized.
Growing up in the 1980s, one of the coolest toys you could possibly own was an RC car, and Japanese company Tamiya built some of the most radical ones around. Those who were into remote-controlled cars back then will fondly remember the Tamiya Wild One; a 1/10th scale sandblaster with heaps of attitude. This little car, first launched in 1985, was so popular that the company re-released it in 2012, and now it makes a third return, only this time you'll actually be able to drive it!
We've seen people turn full-size vehicles into RC cars such as Bjorn Harms' Chevrolet Corvette. Toyota has even paid tribute to Tamiya by building a full-size version of the classic Bruiser Toyota Hilux RC car, but this all-electric banshee looks way cooler than anything we've ever seen before.
The Wild One MAX as it is known will be built in 8/10th scale and is being developed in partnership with The Little Car Company, which specializes in small-scale cars. The Wild One MAX will be a rear-wheel drive machine that is 137.8 inches long, 70.8 inches wide and weighs in at around 551 pounds. The best part is that you'll be able to assemble this machine at home, just like the originals. The Wild One MAX will feature a space frame chassis with four-wheel coil-over suspension, 15-inch offroad tires and hydraulic Brembo disc brakes. Power is provided by an electric motor that produces around 5 horsepower, resulting in a top speed of 30 mph. The 2-kWh battery offers a range of up to 25 miles, but Tamiya will offer upgradable 'PowerPacks' for extra range and speed.
Other complete upgrade packs include the Tarmac Pack that adds sticky road tires and fender flares. Ben Hedley, CEO, The Little Car Company, said of the creation: "As a child of the 80s, developing an almost full-size Tamiya model, which you can actually drive, is a dream come true. Because it is still early days in the project, we have the opportunity to include the feedback and feature suggestions from the legions of Tamiya fans out there. We encourage anyone with imaginative ideas and feedback around the engineering of the project to sign up to the newsletter at WildOneMax.com. We can't wait to get these on, and off, the road in 2022!"
The Wild One MAX will cost an estimated $8,250, and is planned for global release in 2022. You can reserve your build slot at WildOneMax.com.