Tamiya Wild One goes from R/C car to road legal

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The Little Car Company, manufacturers of hand-built electric scaled cars, have revealed the Tamiya Wild One MAX, based on the original Tamiya Wild One (58050) radio-controlled car, which was first released in 1985.

The Tamiya Wild One MAX has been relaunched as a full-scale vehicle and is now on sale worldwide, with road legal versions available for customers in the UK and EU.

It comes equipped with Cobra bucket seats with 4-point harnesses, a 5″ digital screen with marine-grade switches, Brembo disc brakes all round, and adjustable Bilstein dampers paired with Eibach springs (Photo: The Little Car Company)

Bigger and Better

The Little Car Company has made some modifications to the original R/C car design. It utilises 14″ Maxxis off-road tyres front and rear, and to enhance safety and comfort.

The cockpit has been widened to comfortably accommodate two adult passengers, and the front suspension turrets have been smoothed, improving visibility and pedestrian safety (Photo: The Little Car Company)

Further, the front suspension has been upgraded from a “trailing arm” design to double wishbones.

“In my opinion, modern cars are now too large, too fast, too complicated, and too heavy – we believe that there is an alternative. Our goal is to create innovative lightweight vehicles which bring the purity and fun back into driving,” said Ben Hedley, CEO of The Little Car Company.

Production of the Tamiya Wild One MAX  will commence in early 2024, delivered to customers fully built (Photo: The Little Car Company)

Ongoing development has seen the car increase in size, now measuring 3.6m (141.7″) in length and 1.9m (74.8″) in width. The Little Car Company has also developed a windscreen and wiper mechanism to enhance the car’s practicality.

The vehicle weighs around 500kg (1100lb) in total (Photo: The Little Car Company)

For off-road enthusiasts, the Wild One MAX offers a ground clearance of 270mm, an approach angle of 34.1 degrees, a breakover angle of 28.4 degrees, and a departure angle of 50.8 degrees.

Each Wild One MAX has been developed by The Little Car Company to include a road legal pack in compliance with L7e quadricycle regulations for the UK and EU markets.

A side-by-side comparison of the Tamiya Wild One MAX, and the 1985 Tamiya Wild One (58050) radio-controlled car (Photo: The Little Car Company)

The Wild One MAX is powered by eight swappable battery packs, providing a total capacity of 14.4kWh, a maximum estimated range of 200km (124 miles) on-road, and a top speed of up to 62 mph (100km/h).

The Wild One MAX will be available in both left-hand drive and right-hand drive configurations.

Prices for the Tamiya Wild One MAX and Wild One MAX Launch Edition start from £35,000 (US$45,000) excluding VAT and shipping, with a deposit of £3,500 (US$4,500) (Photo: The Little Car Company)

The Tamiya Wild One MAX will be publicly unveiled and on static display at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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