Rover Mini Cooper
Model Number: 58149

Released

TBA

Drive

2WD Front, geardiff

Suspension

4 Wheel double wishbones with coilover friction monoshocks

Chassis Description

M01 (SWB)

Body Type

Lexan w/styrene grille, mirrors and bumpers

Motor

RS-540S

Similar

all M01 and M02

Wheel Base

210mm

Scale

1/10

Tires

front:M-chassis 55D radial tires
Rear:M-chassis 55D radial tires

58149 is Tamiya's first "Mini" FWD chassis, debuting the 160mm dimensions and smaller wheels. Detailed lexan Mini shell is augmented with chromed plastic grille/lights/bumpers. A definite Tamiya collector's classic. (Description by Willy Chang)

Reviews

dunebuggy71

10/22/2003 10:22:06 AM

This car was the first FWD, Tamiya ever released. Also my first Tamiya onroad-car back in 1995. Body is beautifully detailed with mirrors and those shiny chromeparts. The great advance of this chassistype is that you can build it as front or a rear wheeldrivecar without any extra parts. But there is also a negative side. First is the poor steering. There is a Hop-Up Option available (Aluminium Racing steering set) which makes it a little better but the main construction isn´t great. Also the front and rear suspension with only one damper isn´t state of the art. But it is a simple car, fun to built, and looks fantastic. It´s also really fun to drive, because it´s light and really fast for a standard 540 motor. With the right modifications ( ball bearings, steering set, better tyres, oil filled dampers and hotter motor ) you have cool and stable racer which makes great fun on the racetrack. For me also a very collectable car. One of the new Tamiya classics.


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