1:1 Scale Sand Scorcher Celebrates Tamiya Re-issue

Full-size car is exact replica...
Full-size car is exact replica...
Tamiya will unveil a limited edition re-issue of its iconic Sand Scorcher r/c car at the Nurnburg toy fair tomorrow - alongside an amazing full size replica built by German VW specialists Bug Box.

The new 1:10 scale Sand Scorcher will be available at Tamiya dealers later this month, but if you want one (and we know you do!) it might be worth having a word with your local stockist in advance, as it's reckoned the kits are likely to run out fast. We're told the R.R.P. will be £299, which includes radio and batteries, etc, and at that price we're tempted to buy a couple ourselves - one to leave safely packaged in the attic, while we relive our misspent childhood with the other in the PH car park.

...of this little beauty, now re-issued
...of this little beauty, now re-issued
Although the Sand Scorcher is to all intents and purposes a straight re-issue of the 1980s classic, the latest kits feature a raft of significant upgrades such as a reinforced duralumin and FRP chassis tub, newly designed die-cast front and rear suspension wishbones for greater strength, up-rated dampers and a transparent waterproof case for the batteries and r/c bits. (More info here.)

If you want a full size Sand Scorcher, you'll need to splash out a bit more cash. Bug Box reckons its replica - which includes many specially commissioned parts - has set the company back the thick end of €50,000.



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Comments (141) Join the discussion on the forum

  • dylan39 03 Feb 2010

    Makes me feel like a teenager just looking at it!

  • PhantomPH 03 Feb 2010

    Love it!

    Takes me back to when I had my Bug at the age of 18...I still subscribe to VolksWorld mag. *blush*

  • soad 03 Feb 2010

    Now that is great - looks bloody lovely! cloud9

  • Plotloss 03 Feb 2010

    Oh wow!

    Wish they'd make a real Wild Willy and Willy's Wheeler.

  • R66STU 03 Feb 2010

    in my oppinoin the 'real one' would go better on the sand with the rear tyers on the other way round..

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