*Update: Official Tamiya Announcement* These kits have have already been seen in many hobby shops! look for them at your local track! Pictures of the TA-06 added from the 2011 Shizuoka Hobby Show. The new TA-06 Pro features F-1 style suspension, narrower chassis foot print, longitudinal battery positioning and features Tamiya’s new Dual Drive System. Check out the full article for detailed specificiations, pictures, and a video.
The latest addition to Tamiya’s on-road R/C touring car product line is the TA06 PRO, which was created with input from the world championship-winning TRF (Tamiya Racing Factory) team. Tamiya started the modern touring car standard with the TA-01, which was first released in 1992. This is the 6th generation 4WD chassis, which features a totally new layout design that offers excellent balance. The motor and battery are mounted along the center-line of the chassis with the radio gear positioned on either side. The DUAL-DRIVE SYSTEM features belt-driven front and gear-driven rear wheels. The gear-driven wheels offer sharp throttle response and improved acceleration. The battery pack can be accessed from the underside of the chassis for convenience. The refined Inboard Front Suspension (IFS) setup can also be changed to a standard outboard setup thanks to the kit-included damper stay parts. Front and rear gearboxes are equipped with newly-designed gear diff units to efficiently transmit motor power and offer superb traction and acceleration.
Specifications and features from Tamiya Usa Item #58492
The new TA-06 Pro features the new drive system Tamiya calls the dual drive system. The dual drive system consists of a belt driven front differential, and a gear driven rear differential. The benefits of this system are still unknown, altho it is suspected that CS mods may be easier. The new TA-06 Pro features the inboard F-1 style syspension. The new suspension setup look to be more efficient than the previous IFS (In-board Front Suspension). The new suspension setup also helps to reduce chassis width, height and looks great. The chassis width has been reduced significantly and will yield better weight distribution and balance. The new TA-06 Pro seems to be well designed and should be impressive. We anxiously wait for the Shizouka Hobby show for the official release and specification.
The TA-05 was popular among drifters due to the many after market upgrade kits available for it. This chassis has been radically redesigned with a central battery layout and a rear mount motor similar to the old Tamiya 414 design. The weight distribution is right down the centerline with more weight bias in the rear for increased grip. This car is designed for on-road TC racing after all. Again, these are just leaked photos so not specifications are listed yet. Tamiya will be making the official announcement during the 2011 Shizuoka Hobby Show!
New pictures added of the Tamiya TA-06
New gear differential. White one is front differential pulley, black is rear differential gear.
Source: Tamiya USA
Source: TamiyaLive @ UStream