Model Number: 58288
Shaft driven midship full-time 4WD
The other reviews comment on the build and the kit so I will focus on the peformance end of things. This car has a very low center of gravity and the front and rear ball diffs lend to a very easy car to drive. By its low drag and full ball bearing setup feom the box, this car is fast even with a stock motor. I decided to step things up just a tiny bit and inserted a trinity flat wind 9 turn tripple. The AWD lends to good steering response even at high speed. The stock springs and 30 Wt shock oil in the front and rear seems to be a very happy balance of driveability and peformance. Asphault seems to be where it peforms best but the stock tires simply dont last even with a stock motor. I recommend replacing them with the Ride belted slicks and a spare set of rims will be an added bonus. The handeling and peformance change slightly, for the better, with the ride tires but tire life is greatly improved. The rear has a hub setup that is nearly identical to the front steering hubs and have a weak spot in there design and can not take any kind of a hit. I highly recommend the aluminum replacements from 3 Racing or any of the supliers of aluminum hop up parts for the F201. Space is at a premium on this chassis. The space provided for the rx and esc are just barely big enough for the esc alone (I use a tekin super sonic) so plan carefully on either a tamiya CRP unit or a good small esc and micro rx. Other then that the car is easy to drive, very fast and recommended by this TC member.
I just got done building my Ferrari F2001 last night. I must say that it was a joy to build. It took me back to the days of the old Tamiya kits. The screw bags were labled just like the old kits used to be! They were not packaged for a certain number of steps in the manual like the new kits are. The kit was a bit of a challage compared to the other new kits as well (eg. TL01, TA01, TB01, etc...). It kind of reminded me of a n Avante and the shape reminds me of the Fox for some reason! All in all, this was a great kit to build and I highly recommend it for old Tamiya heads like myself!!
This kit is a very nice kit to build and a very closely designed based on the real F1 suspension. It comes as 4wd as standard and with the sports tuned motor and allready fully ballraced it doesn't hang about. There is a slight problem that i noticed on the suspension at the front, the shocks where they pop onto the balls on the chassis rub against each other, but that is easily fixed by fitting a washer under the balls to raise them spreading the shocks that fraction apart. I also removed the bottom brace that goes under the front joining both wishbones, it is far better to get the suspension set up right than rely on a stiffening / reinforcing plate. If you like F1's this car is a must buy