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Tamiya M-01 Chassis

tamiya m-01


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  • Introduced: 1994
  • Scale: 1/10
  • Primary use: Onroad
  • Config:MF
  • Driveline: Gearbox
  • Body: Polycarbonate
  • Susp. front: Wishbone
  • Susp. rear: Wishbone

The M-01 was not Tamiya's first front-wheel-drive onroad chassis -- that distinction went to the previous year's FF-01. It was, however, the first in a very successful line of "mini" chassis cars. This new size of vehicle was still intended to be 1/10th scale, but shorter and narrower than standard sedans in order to accomodate bodies of vehicles that were smaller in real life. Though sometimes referred to as a "FF" chassis layout, the M-01's motor is fully behind the front axle to allow very short body overhangs.

Pros: Scale appearance, very fun driving dynamics Cons: FWD limits power transfer to the ground, monoshock suspension promoted excessive body roll

Tamiya M-01 models

Model # Name Released Prebuilt?
58149 Rover Mini-Cooper 1994 No
58163 Mini Cooper '94 Monte Carlo 1995 No
58196 Honda S-MX Lowdown (M-01M) 1997 No