Tamiya Subaru Impreza Monte-Carlo '99 1/10 4WD TT-02 Electric Rally Car Kit

Tamiya Subaru Impreza Monte-Carlo '99 1/10 4WD TT-02 Electric Rally Car Kit
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The Tamiya Subaru Impreza TT-02 Monte-Carlo '99 4WD Rally Car Kit is a scale replica of the 1999 two-door Subaru Impreza rally car. This car was a highly balanced beast, with 4-cylinder turbocharged all-aluminum boxer engine, a drive-by-wire throttle and semi-automatic 6-speed transmission. This R/C model assembly kit recreates the Impreza from the year's opening rally in Monte-Carlo, with the form faithfully depicted in durable polycarbonate, and separate parts used to recreate rear wing and side mirrors. Stickers are included to recreate the multitude of team and sponsor logos. The model runs on the adaptable TT-02 chassis, which is equally at home on road and flat dirt surfaces.

TT-02 Chassis
The shaft-driven 4WD TT-02 chassis employs a longitudinal layout with the battery on the left and the motor on the right, to give excellent stability. In addition, it features identical left and right suspension arms and uprights for ease of assembly, plus easy-to-maintain gearboxes. It is a highly adaptable chassis, as it offers 2 different wheelbases, 2 ground clearance settings and 2 tread set-ups in addition to a range of 10 possible gear ratios. It is not short on looks either, with brake disc-shaped wheel hubs and stylish front bumper supports. Gold color fin-spoke wheels are paired with rally block tires.

Features:

  • Torque-tuned motor is included!
  • The classic form of the car is recreated in polycarbonate, with separately-molded side mirror and rear wing parts.
  • The TT-02 chassis features a shaft-driven 4WD system that offers easy handling and great customization.
  • Stickers are included to recreate the markings on the car, as are window masking stickers for use when painting.
  • 16-spoke gold color molded wheels are paired with rally block tires (Item 50476).
  • A wide range of option parts is available to tune the TT-02 chassis.
  • Includes a Tamiya TBLE-02S ESC and Torque Tuned motor. ESC features brushless motor mode for easy expandability.

Specifications:
Adjustable Gear Ratio: Yes
Bearings: Plastic bushing
Body Material: Polycarbonate
Chassis Material: Plastic
Construction Type: Assembly kit
Differential Type: Gear
Drive Type: Gearbox
Led Light Buckets: No
Led Lights: No
Motor: 540-brushed type
Scale: 1/10
Shock Damper: Friction damper
Suspension: Fully independent double wishbone
Terrain Use: Multi-Purpose

Needed to Complete:

  • 2 channel radio system
  • Steering servo
  • Polycarbonate paint for body
  • 7.2V battery & charger
Verified Owner
Tuesday, May 26 2020 (11 months ago)
Tamiya Subaru Impreza Monte-Carlo '99 1/10 4WD TT-02 Electric Rally Car Kit
The kit is good for the price, however the esc has failed on me and Amain told me to contact tamiya about the issue. I've been an avid rc enthusiast since I was a child and tamiya is my absolute favorite, this is the first time I've had problems with tamiya electronics. I've since ordered another tamiya kit car, this time direct from tamiyaUSA.
Verified Owner
Saturday, May 2 2020 (11 months ago)
Tamiya Subaru Impreza Monte-Carlo '99 1/10 4WD TT-02 Electric Rally Car Kit
Awesome!! Bought it for my son he enjoys it a lot. Now he wants me to do some upgrades ..
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Apr 29 2020 (11 months ago)
Tamiya Subaru Impreza Monte-Carlo '99 1/10 4WD TT-02 Electric Rally Car Kit
Very nice kit to build. Easy to follow instructions And the finished car is impressive. Car is smooth and pretty quick. And as always Tamiya did a great job with the details for the body.
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Apr 14 2020 (12 months ago)
Tamiya Subaru Impreza Monte-Carlo '99 1/10 4WD TT-02 Electric Rally Car Kit
Very nice Tamiya kit. Like many I am getting back into the hobby. I haven't built an RC kit from scratch since the late 80's. Not listed in the description but the kit came with an ESC as a bonus. I just realized you can see it one of the listing pictures. I ordered the TT02 high speed gear set, aluminum shaft, oil shocks, and bearings. Looking through the instruction manual the build is straightforward and looks great for a beginner or someone like me getting back into the hobby. I ordered the upgrades based on online recommendations and youtube video reviews. My last kit was an RTR and going back and upgrading with Hop Ups was kinda a pain for me, so I decided to order them in advance. (there are many more upgrade options) I highly recommend this kit even for experienced RC enthusiasts as I'm sure you can get the most out it. Also note the kit does not come with tire foam inserts. Instruction implies you don't need them but I recommend getting some. I decided to review before building the kit since there are tons of online and video reviews of the Tamiya TT02.

Upgrades I ordered:
TT02 High speed gear set
TT02 Aluminum propellers shaft and aluminum shaft cups
TT02 Oil Shocks
FastEddy Bearings
Tire foam inserts (will order soon)

Ordering from Amain is always top notch. The oil shocks were back ordered and they kept me updated through the entire process. Don't hesitate to order from Amain if your new to the hobby.
Verified Owner
Friday, Mar 27 2020 (about a year ago)
Tamiya Subaru Impreza Monte-Carlo '99 1/10 4WD TT-02 Electric Rally Car Kit
Great beginner or budget build. Bought along with a ball bearing kit which is a must for this car. Not all that fast out of the box but upgrades seem to be plenty and still fun to drive just upgrade as you go.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Mar 26 2020 (about a year ago)
Tamiya Subaru Impreza Monte-Carlo '99 1/10 4WD TT-02 Electric Rally Car Kit
I love this little car! I had a servo, radio, and better ESC already handy so it was just a matter of putting it together and running it! Mine came with 2 gears, a 17tooth and a 19 tooth, the motor says to run the 17, I put in the 19 and dropped a 3S lipo in it, ran it up and down the street, it topped out at 25mph. I need to find a track to run it on, so far I’m pretty happy with it, I just wished it came with inner fenders , it tends to kick a lot of gravel into the tub driving it on the streets. I’ll definitely buy a kit like this again!
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Mar 2 2021 (6 weeks ago)
Tamiya Subaru Impreza Monte-Carlo '99 1/10 4WD TT-02 Electric Rally Car Kit
This is really difficult to explain. I think this kit has a lot of good going for it, but it also has some really bad decisions/designs. The price is amazing, but it comes with bushings. Adding a bearing kit increases the price by $20, but that's still a tremendous value.

The bad: It's held together by Philips head screws that take a lot of torque to set properly. This kit would be a 4 star if they simply gave Allen head screws which would make it dramatically easier to put together. The other part is just poor fitment. For example, with the spur cover tightened the motor has binding, so I have to have it backed off a couple of turns. Also, the steering linkages offer terrible geometry. This thing turns worse than my fully locked capra turning right, and has decent angle turning left. EPA was set when the servo started lifting the suspension, so there needs some modding to get it to steer right. Lastly, the labeling and directions are poor. Luckily I have experience building kits and calipers to measure bolts.

The good: beautifully detailed body with a ton of stickers. Excellent price. Initial D's greatest car, the 22b GC8 STi is iconic. I wish they offered this car in the drift setup, but I saved money getting the standard with ball bearings.

I have no experience with Tamiya's stock electronics. I decided to use my TRX6 take offs and power this bad boy with a 21t 550 brushless motor on a 3s crawler esc (xl5hv). This is a huge advantage. 100% throttle, 100% INSTANT reverse, and auto very strong drag brakes. I can pitch this car into a corner, rotate it, and flick the throttle from forward to reverse and have it skating. I can use normal batteries that I already have, can easily put it into child mode, and it has great thermals since it powered a 10lbs 6x6 crawler. I'm also running the stock TRX6 servo, so this is hilariously a TRX6 put into a TT02 chassis.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Jan 14 2021 (3 months ago)
Tamiya Subaru Impreza Monte-Carlo '99 1/10 4WD TT-02 Electric Rally Car Kit
Fun kit to build...Beginner friendly. If kit is used to run on the regular, get the Fast Eddie’s ball bearings. Considering the low cost of the kit, really can’t go wrong.

Our group bought 10 of the Tamiya Buggyra trucks to race stock outside street during quarantine and had a blast (everyone using stock motor, electronics and 2s). We wanted somewhat of a baseball diamond kit to race and decided on the Subaru. It keeps it simple with the included ESC and Motor (Everyone Running Equal).

This kit ended up being perfect for an inexpensive option for a group of racers that keep it simple and very competitive for outdoors during quarantine. Doesn’t break the bank and getting a group of 4 or more to run them stock gets the racing bug taken care of.

First review ever- for anything ...
Monday, Jan 11 2021 (3 months ago)
Tamiya Subaru Impreza Monte-Carlo '99 1/10 4WD TT-02 Electric Rally Car Kit
Super fun kit to put together loved getting to paint the body would suggest buying a can of silver paint and putting a couple of coats on after using the blue paint as the blue was transparent, had an issue with the torque tuned motor making a horrible noise even after I oiled it but tamiya was quick to solve the issue and sent me a new motor and they threw in a 20t pinion! Didnt really matter as i had a brushless system to install. One of my favorite tamiya kits and has been loads of fun. Did break one of the front hubs but that was because I full speed power slid into a curb but no big deal as parts tree was only $7, overall great kit and would suggest getting one.