Tamiya has a long history of making good use of some of its touring car chassis by retrofitting them as trucks. A current example is the TA02T which started life as a pavement pounder and is still being sold with the Ford F-150 pre-runner body on it. Why the history snippet? Tamiya recently pulled the wraps off a new chassis that it states will also see truck use. The XV-01 will be called into action for rally cars, on-road and trucks. Tamiya states that the XV stands for “crossover vehicle.” Interestingly, it is belt driven and features a sealed belt driven drivetrain with gear differentials. The Pro-Spec version includes aluminum shocks as well as other option parts.
Tamiya America’s Fred Medel says the yet-t-be-determined truck versions are still in the works, but there may be a summer announcement. He adds but doesn’t confirm that it is possible that the XV-01 would be used with the scale bodies currently offered on on the CC-01.
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