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Tamiya TA04 Chassis



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  • Introduced: 2000
  • Scale: 1/10
  • Primary use: Onroad
  • Config:MA
  • Driveline: Belt
  • Body: Polycarbonate
  • Susp. front: Wishbone
  • Susp. rear: Wishbone

The TA04 chassis was a true gift to the sedan "club racers" of the world. It is, quite literally, an inexpensive spin-off of Tamiya's first purpose-built racing sedan, the highly successful high-end TRF414 series. It benefits from the innovative and very efficient 2-belt drivetrain layout and all versions had adjustable shock angles, camber, and roll centers. This vehicle is a giant leap in performance design over its predecessor, the TA03. The 'S' in TA04-S stood for "Sport," not the typical "Short wheelbase," and this model differred from the base TA04 in the inclusion of ball bearings and turnbuckle style camber & steering linkages. The short wheelbase version was called the TA04-SS and was a mere 10mm less in length by virtue of offset a-arms; the chassis was unchanged. The high-end TA04-R included a stiffer carbon fiber-reinforced main chassis tub & uprights, a woven carbon upper deck, new fine-toothed 0.4 module spur & pinion gears, ball diffs, TRF aluminum dampers, a stiff spring set, sway bars, and a host of useful aluminum bits.

Pros: Very competitive design taken directly from the TRF414, but at a much lower price; very adjustable Cons: Limited space to mount electronics

TA04 models

Model # Name Released Prebuilt?
58261 TA04-PRO Belt Drive 4WD Chassis Kit 2000 No
58266 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge 2000 No
58269 Loctite Zexel Skyline GT-R 2001 No
58272 Corvette C5-R (TA04-S) 2001 No
58274 TA04-S Chassis Kit (TA04-S) 2001 No
58276 HKS Racing Altezza (TA04-R) 2001 No
58279 Mercedes Benz CLK DTM 2000 (TA04-S) 2001 No
58282 TA04-R Chassis Kit 2001 No
58285 Calsonic GT-R 2001 (TA04-S) 2001 No
58290 Toyota MR-S (TA04-SS) 2001 No
58291 HKS CLK (TA04-R, limited edition) 2001 No
58297 Raybrig NSX 2002 (TA04-R) 2001 No
58300 ABT-Audi TT-R (TA04-SS) 2002 No