Tamiya Grasshopper 1/10 Off-Road 2WD Buggy Kit

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The Tamiya Grasshopper Off-Road Buggy Kit is an iconic model and was the "first kit" owned by many modern day enthusiasts. The Grasshopper first made its appearance in R/C stores in 1984 and was based on the single seat buggies seen tearing-up dirt tracks across the U.S. in the 80's. Easy to assemble and easy to drive, the lightweight Grasshopper was an instant hit. Packed with all the fantastic features found on the original kit, this fun 2WD buggy is a blast on both off-road and on-road tracks. 

The perfect combination of simple assembly and tough exterior is what made the Grasshopper so special. Durable plastic body is fastened to bathtub resin monocoque chassis by screws, creating a solid frame that can absorb any type of rough handling. Off-road tracks can be tackled with ease thanks to coil spring dampers, and independent swing axle front and rigid axle rear suspension. A sealed gearbox keeps the dirt and stones out of the differential and gears for smooth driving and cornering. Paddle style rear tires and grooved front tires combine with 3-piece assembly type wheels provide excellent grip on dirt tracks. Plus, the half-body driver figure, affectionately referred to as Frank Evans adds that finishing touch to a classic R/C car. 



  • Updated version includes 380 motor and 101BK ESC
  • Redesigned stickers
  • Original tires and driver figure for an authentic look
  • Sealed rear gearbox protects gear differential during off-road running
  • Independent swing axle front suspension, rolling rigid axle rear suspension
  • 380 type motor (chassis compatible with 540 type motor - sold separately)

Construction type: kit
Terrain use: off-road
Drive-train: 2WD RWD
Drive type: gearbox
Drive line: solid axle
Differential type: gear
Suspension: independent front/solid axle rear
Steering mechanism: direct servo
Shock damper: friction damper
Shock damper material: plastic
Tire type: rubber
Tire tread: Paddle rear, smooth front
Body material:
Chassis material: plastic
Electronic Speed Control (ESC): included
ESC model: TEU-101BK
LED Light buckets: no
LED lights: no
Motor: 380-brushed type
Bearings: metal and plastic bushings
Adjustable camber: fixed
Adjustable toe angles: front only
Adjustable ground clearance: fixed
Adjustable gear ratio: fixed
Adjustable wheelbase: fixed
Adjustable track width: fixed
Adjustable shock angle: fixed
Length: 389mm
Width: 223mm
Height: 135mm
Weight: 830g


  • Grasshopper kit
  • TEU-101BK ESC
  • 380-Brushed motor

Needed to Complete:

  • 2 Channel Radio System
  • 7.2V NiMh Battery Pack
  • NiMh Battery Charger
  • Steering Servo
  • Paint for Body
  • AA Batteries for Transmitter
  • Tools for Assembly

This product was added to our catalog on March 18, 2016.

Dan in Oregon
Friday, Aug 4 2017 (7 months ago)
Tamiya Grasshopper 1/10 Off-Road 2WD Buggy Kit
Can't believe no one has reviewed this. My guess is half the people who have shopped here have driven one, so they already know what it's about?! It was my first kit back in the 80's when i was about 10. I enjoyed it for a few years, then upgraded to the almighty original RC10. this was a great intro to hobby-grade RC. When I got back into the hobby again with my first son a few years ago, this was naturally the kit we went for. I got us a both a re-release grasshopper which is pretty much the same as the first. the ESC is the main difference and pre-cut stickers. If your child is young and into the science of how things work and you are looking for a fun project to build with them, it s a great choice. The chassis and suspension leaves a lot to be desired, but if you just want something that can take a beating, then this is it. Keep the 380 motor in there and she can take just about anything. upgrade to the 540 and the hard plastic starts to break. we learned this quickly.:-( when the rear shock mount goes that's it, chassis done. first thing that goes is the plastic body, but super glue works to put the pieces back on. I have many fond memories of driving my original, as well the second version with my first son. Even the part where the battery cover pops off and you are driving around dragging your battery, classic! :o)) Now with my second son who is not as much into the building part, age 10, we decided to go with the Kyosho Sandmaster. Mostly his choice, but I second it. With what you get for only $50 more. Still can take a beating, super easy to work on. also great for a first timer. It just offers a little more of everything with a higher performance potential. The grasshopper is great for what it is, but you should level your expectations. solid rear axle and coil springs for shocks? not exactly good suspension. If you are driving in the street in front of your house and maybe building a jump and catching some air, this is it. for not much money, the grasshopper is a great first time RC and fun to build. Just be sure you have a power screw driver on hand cause all those Philips heads will give you a work out. The grasshopper is an ICON.)