Along with the LaFerrari announced this afternoon, Tamiya has also revealed the new Gazoo Racing Toyota TRD 86 rally car! Based on the Tamiya XV01 platform, the TRD 86 is expected to be released this October. It features a lexan body shell with molded headlights, oil filled shock absorbers, and treaded tires on six spoke wheels. No word on availability in the states.
The TRD 86 is a car based on the Toyota 86 and enhanced by TRD (Toyota Racing Development), Toyota’s in-house tuning shop. This vehicle was run by the GAZOO Racing team, and took part in the Shinshiro Rally stage of the multi-stage TRD Rally Challenge Series held in Japan in 2012. The car finished in a credible 13th place overall (8th in the Toyota-only Class 4), but perhaps most remarkably, the GAZOO Racing TRD 86 was actually driven by the President of the Toyota motor company during the race.
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.
- Release date: October 2013
- Part: 58573