During this week’s 2015 IFMAR Electric Offroad World Championships Yokomo’s all-new YZ-4 1/10th 4WD electric off-road buggy is making a first public appearance following its stealthy debut at the opening round of the 2015/16 EOS. Designed by Shin Adachi the car features a totally new drivetrain layout with dual 2WD-style 3-gear transmissions on ether end which are coupled by dual drivebelts to replace the shaft drivetrain of the proven yet slightly ageing B-Max4 car. The setup allows to use very small gear differentials without having to worry skipping belts while the overall design also results in an easier to drive and less edgy car.
The mid motor buggy is based off of an aluminium main chassis plate with reduced overhang and it accepts a wide range of battery configurations including a transversally mounted shorty as well as saddle packs in both orientations. The top deck will allow for different chassis flex configurations as seen on electric touring cars. Different from the works cars the Yokomo team is running at the Worlds this week the standard kit will come with a range of composite parts such as front and rear shock towers, rear suspension mounts, and servo mounts. Also included in the kit are steel turnbuckles with the carbon fibre, aluminium and titanium option parts will becoming available in time for the release of the kit some time in November.