Over the last few decades, Mazda has built some of best driver’s cars in the world. They call this the ‘Jinba Ittai’ experience where the machine becomes a natural extension of the driver. The all-new Mazda 2 and MX-5 are some pretty good examples and proof that they continue the tradition to this day.
The replica Tamiya creates, however, is so far removed from this concept that their machine isn’t even physically connected to its driver. Of course, we’re talking about 1/10 scale radio-controlled cars that, despite the lack in driver feel, is as much fun to hoon around as the real deal.
Item No. 58640, the Mazda 2 (otherwise known as the Demio in Japan) faithfully recreates the brand’s “KODO – Soul of Motion” design philosophy down to every detail. It even includes side mirrors and decals so you could stick on sporty body graphics. What we’re unsure of is whether it comes with light buckets or will everyone have to use the faux head and tail light stickers.
It sits on top of an M-05 chassis, fittingly also with front wheel drive. This one though has 4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension, plastic friction dampers, and the 540 motor is mounted in the middle.
As for Item No. 58624, the Mazda MX-5 Roadster is a miniaturized version of the 4th generation ND model that won the 2016 World Car of the Year. Obviously the body had to be moulded with the soft top up, not that we’re complaining. But what’s odd about this kit is that the world’s best-selling lightweight rear-wheel-drive sports car is also mounted on a FF M-05 chassis.
That kinda spoils the fun a bit, don’t you think?
To complete the 1/10 scale RC kit, you’ll need a 2-channel radio; 7.2v battery and charger; polycarbonate paint; tools; and basic building skills. If you want one, Philippine residents can visit Tamiya’s official distributor Lil’s Hobby Center or dealers Hobbes & Landes and Blade Auto Center.
[Photos courtesy of Tamiya, Inc.]