February 1, 2017

Schumacher CAT XLS 1/10th 4WD buggy re-release

Schumacher have released first information on the forthcoming re-release of the 1986 CAT XLS 1/10th scale 4WD buggy. The Schumacher CAT revolutionised off-road racing when it was introduced in 1986, and it became an international success winning British, European, Japanese, Australian, and American championships. It was later updated with a longer wheelbase and in the hands of a certain Masami Hirosaka it won the 1987 1/10th 4WD IFMAR World Championships in Romsey, England. The 2017 kit is a replica of the buggy that won Masami his first in many Worlds titles and it features the Cecil Schumacher invented ball differentials, a unique integrator system offers adjustable torque split between front and rear, and a double wishbone suspension makes for massive (1987-ish) suspension travel. Also included in the re-release kit will be alloy coil over oil filled shock absorbers.

Other features include a full replica decal set, the original front O-ring crashback system for minimised front end crash damage and a compact design with low polar moment of inertia and low centre of gravity gives the CAT remarkable manoeuvrability and balance. The kit is rounded out by a tough polycarbonate bodyshell and undertray to keep out the dirt, original Schumacher spiked tyres give a nice 1980’s appearance and the kit will accept period NiCd/NiMH batteries or modern shorty LiPo batteries. Thanks to an optional transmission upgrade the car will also handle modern high powered motors. The kit is set for release in March.

Source: Schumacher [racing-cars.com]


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