According to a report by 4wdRC.com, an engineer from Team Associated was present at the SoCal track last Thursday testing their new 4wd electric buggy and due to the fact that it looked so much like a BJ4, no one took any notice of it or even took a photograph of it (picture above of BJ4).
But it’s not a BJ and it IS a Team Associated prototype car. Later, on Sunday at the Reedy race, we spoke with AE officials who confirmed that the car exists and said it would not appear at this year’s Mod Nats in Albuquerque. To us it looked very similar to a BJ, with different front diff cover and shock tower, possibly a different 1-way system, and new front arms. It was a flat carbon fiber sheet chassis with shaft drive and a top deck. 3 X 3 saddle packs were in the rear with a longitudinal motor near the center. The shell looked so much like a BJ that it may have actually been a BJ body. That’s really all we know. We were there with Paul and Frank working on several different things on our own cars, We noticed this car, thought it was a BJ, and only confirmed things on Sunday at the Reedy race.