Tamiya just announced that they’ll soon be offering a replica of the recently introduced flagship Ferrari road car, dubbed the LaFerrari, on the TT02 and TB04 RC touring car chassis. Expected to be released this October in Japan, the Tamiya LaFerrari will feature a beautifully sculpted lexan body with separate door mirrors. There is no word on when to expect this car to hit the stores in the states.
The LaFerrari is the latest hi-tech super car from the world-famous Ferrari sport car automaker. It was announced by the Italian company in March 2013 and features active aerodynamics, whereby spoilers and other parts automatically adjust to provide optimal down-force, based on performance data collated internally by the car. The HY-KERS hybrid system makes use of Formula One technology, its 6,262cc V12 engine and an electric motor combining to give 963hp. Unlike your typical hybrid passenger car, the LaFerrari is considered a “mild-hybrid” car. Mild hybrids are essentially conventional vehicles with some degree of hybrid hardware, but with limited hybrid feature utilization. Only 499 of the limited edition vehicle will be produced, so it may prove to be a hard car to purchase on a whim. Prospective owners do have an alternative. The next best thing is to acquire the Tamiya R/C high performance car model!
Tamiya has faithfully reproduced this sleek sports car machine in 1/10 scale on the TT-02 entry level touring and sports car chassis. The TT-02 chassis platform is the successor to the TT-01 and 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.
The new LaFerrari R/C car is also fitted on the new Tamiya TB-04 chassis platform. The TB-04 is a 1/10 scale 4WD machine that incorporates a drive-shaft down the center of the chassis to engage the front and rear gearboxes. The differentials inside the gearboxes are newly designed as they utilize a sealed gear differential system whereby the internal gears movement is controlled by different viscosity differential fluids. The double-wishbone suspension system utilizes the same “short reversible” type that has been used on the TB-03, TA-05 Version II, TA-06 and the TRF (Tamiya Racing Factory) 416 and 417 World Championship machines. The TB-04 also incorporates “IFS” (inboard front suspension) whereby the front shocks are positioned horizontally and low to the chassis, so that low profile sports car body shapes can be accurately reproduced without losing any realistic scale appearance such as the LaFerrari.
- 58580 – Tamiya LaFerrari TB04
- 58582 – Tamiya LaFerrari TT02