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.
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.
- 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.
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
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
Upgrades I ordered:
TT02 High speed gear set
TT02 Aluminum propellers shaft and aluminum shaft cups
TT02 Oil Shocks
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.
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.
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.
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