Tamiya’s ’83 Subaru BRAT Gets Revamped & Renovated Into A Modern RC Truck

Feb 3, 2020

Category: Gear

Though mostly forgotten by all but the most die-hard Subaru fanatics, the BRAT — short for “Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter” — was one of the most capable small trucks ever built. And in its heyday, it was so iconic and beloved, that RC car-maker Tamiya offered a small-scale toy version way back in 1983. Now, they’ve revived that classic as a modern, updated and upgraded model.

As far as appearances are concerned, the Tamiya Subaru BRAT is exactly the same as its 1983 predecessor — including its tiny driver. And while the retro styling is enough to capture our interest, that’s only furthered by the modern mechanicals beneath its injection-molded ABS shell. That includes things like a 4-wheel independent suspension with front double wishbone and rear trailing arm setups, a 540 Type Motor, and more. Best of all, if you’re interested in racing, it even comes with a swappable lightweight polycarbonate body. The price for this retro RC racer is set at $268.

Purchase: $268

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