Coming this December is Kyosho’s re-release Beetle 2WD buggy kit. The 2014 version of Kyosho’s 1983 kit externally may look like the original Beetle with its semi-trailing suspension arms, but the advanced 6061-T6 forged aluminium material delivers futuristic levels of strength, rigidity and durability to cope with the power of modern day electronics. Following the original design, the kit features a new two-piece die-cast aluminium gearbox with differential gears and in addition, the included slipper clutch protects the transmission as well as delivers efficient traction. Precision 48 pitch gears reduce traction pulsation for direct driving control characteristics while the flat under surface of the countersunk chassis has no protruding screw heads for minimal contact resistance and scraping, resulting in higher durability. Stainless shafts combine with aluminium shock bodies on the oil shocks for smooth stroke from top to bottom and running performance worthy of a true racing buggy. Like the original Beetle, the 2014 version is packaged as an unassembled kit, but nearly all tapping screws and nuts have been replaced with the improved lightweight and security of hex screws. Included with the kit also comes a replica bodyshell and period-correct wheels and tyres.