Tamiyablog have released first images of forthcoming Tamiya kits on show at this week’s Shizuoka Hobby Show. First up is of course the new TRF211XM 1/10th 2WD mid-motor buggy. By the look of things the buggy makes use of the proven TRF201 front and rear end as well as the 201’s gearbox with the chassis being made using a new composite material that combines the stiffness of an alloy chassis with the light weight of composite plastic for improved on-track performance. We do not have any information if the white colour chassis will make it into the kit or if the buggy will come with a dark colour one, once the hype about the new chassis material has settled a bit.
Also on show is the all-new TRF102 1/10th formula car that sports a new T-bar main chassis we already talked about. It is understood that the T-bar suspension will improve traction and side bite especially on bumpy and lower grip surfaces and when running rubber tyres. The chassis incorporates electric side pods that are part of the chassis plate itself rather than having attachable side pods and the battery mount is of a floating design to make sure the battery does not interfere with the T-bar movement or torsional flex of the main chassis. Last but not last comes a new all-plastic front suspension that does away with the upper carbon fibre arms of the previous TRF101. Another highlight for sure is the Nissan Nismo GT-R LM, the 1/10th scale version of the gnarly looking front wheel drive Le Mans contentender Nissan is currently working on. Different from the full-scale car the Tamiya kit is based on the rear wheel driver F103GT chassis. The kit is topped-off by a highly detailed GT-R LM body with a large front flipper and a separate “shark fin” and rear wing assembly. Other highlights include the upgraded TT-02D Type-S 1/10th 4WD drift car, the TB-04R 4WD shaft-driven touring car and the Lightning Force, a new entry-level 1/14th scale off-road car with high versatility.