In 1985, Japanese scale model and remote control car manufacturer Tamiya debuted what quickly became one of its all-time best-selling R/C cars with the “Wild One.” And after the continued popularity of the off-road R/C car prompted Tamiya to re-release the 1:10 scale Wild One in 2012, the Shizuoka-based firm has now announced that it’s partnering with elite UK-based functional junior car purveyor, The Little Car Company to deliver a completely drivable, 8:10 scale version of the ‘80s R/C icon with the Wild One MAX.
Weighing 551lbs, spanning 137.8”, and measuring 70.8” wide, the Wild One MAX is built around a spaceframe chassis that’s paired with four-wheel coil-over suspension and houses an electric motor driving the rear wheels. Other details on the e-buggy include 15” all-terrain tires, Brembo brakes, an adjustable composite seat (that can accommodate drivers as tall as 6’5”) with a three-point seatbelt, digital gauges, a race steering wheel, and multiple drive modes. The standard range is 25-miles and top speed is 30mph, though Tamiya will be offering upgrade kits including up-specced powertrains and running gear, and even equipment to make the buggy street-legal. Available now for preorder with a launch scheduled for 2022, The Little Car Company x Tamiya Wild One MAX is expected to cost $8,250.