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Tamiya TA03 Chassis

tamiya ta03

Summary

  • Galleries: View
  • Introduced: 1996
  • Scale: 1/10
  • Primary use: Onroad
  • Config:FA (TA03F) or MA (TA03R)
  • Driveline: Belt
  • Body: Polycarbonate (except Lancia 037)
  • Susp. front: Wishbone
  • Susp. rear: Wishbone

Tamiya is often credited with inventing the modern 4WD "touring car" with their TA01 chassis, but it was the TA03 series that rocketed them to the top of the competition ranks in this class they helped create. David Jun, won the ROAR, NORRCA, and TCS championships in 1997 with a modified TA03F, leading to his invitation to the Tamiya factory team. The 'F' stands for front, which is where the motor was mounted in the first version of the chassis, utilizing the configuration of the existing FF01, but adding a second gearbox at the rear, connected via a fiber-reinforced rubber belt. In typical Tamiya realistic fashion, only bodies of cars that were front-engined in full scale were sold on the TA03F chassis. For mid-engined cars, a TA03R version was created (pictured above), attaching the motor to the rear gearbox instead of the front. Short-wheelbase "-S" variants (20mm less wheelbase) of both the F and S were also released.

Pros: Improved handling & durability over the TA01/TA02, good front/rear balance Cons: High center of gravity & drivetrain drag by modern standards, limited adjustability and space to mount electronics

TA03 models

Model # Name Released Prebuilt? Galleries    
58177 TA03-F Pro Belt Drive Chassis (TA03F) 1996 No      
58182 Audi A4 STW (TA03F) 1996 No      
58188 Cliff Opel Calibra (TA03F) 1997 No      
58189 Martini Alfa 155 (TA03F) 1997 No      
58193 Porsche 911 GT-1 1997 No      
58199 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV (TA03F) 1997 No      
58200 David Jun TA03F Pro Chassis (limited edition) 1997 No      
58203 Nissan R390 GT1 (TA03R) 1997 No      
58207 Acura NSX Mugen (TA03R) 1998 No      
58210 Subaru Impreza WRC '97 (TA03F) 1998 No      
58214 Mercedes-Benz CLK (TA03R) 1998 No      
58215 PIAA Porsche 911 GT2 (TA03R-S) (limited edition) 1998 No      
58218 Toyota Corolla WRC (TA03F-S) 1998 No      
58220 Mobile 1 Acura NSX (TA03R) (limited edition) 1998 No      
58225 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V WRC (TA03F) 1998 No      
58227 TA03R TRF Special Chassis Kit (limited edition) n/a No      
58243 TA03RS-TRF Special Chassis Kit n/a No      
58250 Peugot 306 WRC (TA03F-S) 1999 No      
58254 Raybrig NSX '99 (TA03R) 1999 No      
58278 Lancia 037 Rally (limited edition ABS body) 2001 No galleries