Remember the Bugatti Baby II and Aston Martin DB5 Junior? Well, the guys at The Little Car Company decided it was time to rekindle some long-lost childhood memories with a reimagined Tamiya Wild One – only this time, with a difference.
Just when Olivia Newton-John was getting all Physical in the early 80s, most kids were asking their strapped-for-cash parents for a Radio Controlled (R/C) Sand Scorcher, Hornet, or Lunchbox. Fast forward to 1985 and the original Tamiya Wild One (58050) was released and instantly became one of the brand’s most iconic models. Such was the popularity of the model it was even re-released in 2012 (58525) to further acclaim.
The Little Car Company has announced it is developing the Wild One MAX for a potential release in 2022 under licence from Tamiya. Rather than being 1/10th scale, the Wild One MAX will be an impressive 8/10th scale, and you will not need an R/C controller, because it is big enough to drive yourself!
Developed in partnership with the company behind the Bugatti Baby II and Aston Martin DB5 Junior – The Little Car Company – the Wild One MAX will be a rear-wheel drive, off-road electric buggy.
Measuring approximately 3.5m long (137.8”), 1.8m (70.8”) wide, and tipping the scales around 250kg (551lbs), the Wild One MAX will take up a bit more space than the R/C kits of the past but just like the original, you’ll get the opportunity to assemble these models at home.
The Wild One MAX will have a spaceframe chassis with four-wheel coil-over suspension and rear-wheel drive. It gets the power to the ground through 15” off-road tyres on lightweight wheels. The buggy’s braking system includes hydraulic Brembo disc brakes on each corner, backed up by regenerative braking to maximise range.
The cockpit area will have adjustable composite seating, a three-point seatbelt, digital gauges and a racing steering wheel. This allows drivers between 160cm (5’ 3”) and 195cm (6’ 5”) to get comfortable. There are even multiple driving modes including Novice, Eco & Race, which offer different top speeds, throttle mappings and power outputs according to driver skill level.
The base Wild One Max comes with a top speed of 48 km/h / 30 mph and a peak power output of 4kW (5.5 bhp). It has a single PowerPack onboard with a capacity of 2kWh and a range of up to 40km (25 miles), depending on terrain and driving style.
However, if you would like to go faster or further, several of the modular PowerPacks can be added to increase the performance and range.
Ben Hedley, CEO, The Little Car Company
“As a child of the 80s, developing an almost full-size Tamiya model, which you can actually drive, is a dream come true. We are honoured to be working with the Tamiya team on the project to bring one of their most iconic models to life for a new generation. 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!”
This all comes at a price
The Tamiya Wild One MAX is expected to cost from £6,000 / €7000 / $8,250 plus local taxes and is planned for global release in 2022. Customers can reserve a build slot from today at WildOneMax.com with a £100 fully refundable deposit. Build slots are allocated on a “first-come, first-served” basis.
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