Following a first official image some time ago Tamiya have now released more images of their forthcoming TRF1021 1/10th formula chassis kit. The successor of the TRF101 is based on a newly designed 2.5mm carbon fibre main chassis that incorporates platforms for the receiver and speed controller instead of utilising attachable plates. Also new are cutouts on both sides to allow for optimised torsional flex in order to gain more grip from rubber tyres. The most noticeable new feature on the car is the rear suspension though as it does away from the odd link-type design in favour of a somewhat old school T-bar setup that is meant to improve traction on low grip surfaces while also helping to smooth out the suspension action over bumpy parts of the track.
Different from the “1990’s” T-bar Tamiya’s new design makes use of a multi-piece aluminium hinge joint that actually connects the T-bar and the motor pod to have full control over the amount of pitch dampening while the roll dampening is taken care of by a single roll damper. Also new on the TRF102 is the 2.0mm battery plate to which the battery pack attaches to create a floating battery mount. This is needed to alloy for full T-bar movement while also not disturbing the natural flex of the chassis at the same time. The kit is rounded out by a newly designed plastic composite front suspension with aluminium steering knuckles as well as a new servo mount that utilises aluminium mounting brackets and a carbon fibre brace to securely fasten the servo case.