A Bicester based company which hand-builds pint-sized versions of some of the world’s most iconic cars, including the Bugatti Baby II and Aston Martin DB5 Junior, has turned it attention to building a bigger version of the radio-controlled car, the Tamiya Wild One.
The Little Car Company, which moved into new flagship headquarters at Bicester Heritage last year, is developing the Wild One MAX for release in 2022 under Licence from Tamiya. Rather than being 1/10th scale, the Wild One MAX will be an impressive 8/10th scale, and drivers won’t need a radio controller, because it’s big enough to actually drive for real.
The Wild One MAX will be a rear-wheel drive, off road electric buggy. At approximately 3.5 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and weighing around 250kg, the Wild One MAX will take up a bit more space than the radio controlled kits of the past. But just like the original, owners get the opportunity to assemble these models at home.
Ben Hedley, CEO, The Little Car Company, said: “As a child of the 80s, developing an almost full-size Tamiya model, which you can actually drive, is a dream come true. We are honoured to be working with the Tamiya team on the project to bring one of their most iconic models to life for a new generation. Because it is still early days in the project, we have the opportunity to include the feedback and feature suggestions from the legions of Tamiya fans out there. We encourage anyone with imaginative ideas and feedback around the engineering of the project to sign up to the newsletter at WildOneMax.com. We can’t wait to get these on, and off, the road in 2022.”
The Tamiya Wild One MAX is expected to cost from £6,000 plus local taxes and is planned for global release in 2022. Customers can reserve a build slot at WildOneMax.com. Build slots are allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.