Now, obviously, i bought this used, not new in box. Didn’T come with the box um, but i’ve wanted this one for a while and i’ve been hunting one down and there’s a bit of a story behind this as well yeah. It kind of goes like this, so i’ve wanted one of these for a long time now. The reason i wanted one of these there’s two reasons: one i’m, a formula one fan – and i love formula one cars i’ve got a few up here, and these are very different to this kind of car and i’ll. Explain why and the other reason, which kind of led me to this car was the release of the tc01 by tamiya a few months ago, and i adore this chassis. It is brilliant, but this is not a formula one chassis. Well, it kind of is kind of isn’t it’s. Really a touring car is the way that they’re selling it. Now. Obviously, it comes out in its first iteration as a formula e car, but once you strip away the body and what you’re actually looking at is very much like a formula one car on board shocks, um the arms it’s very much formula one like and then, if You go all the way back from 2000 2020, all the way back to 2001 2002. You have this now believe it or not. These two cars are very similar if we strip away the body. What you’re actually looking at is a four wheel drive two ball diffs, which very much resembles the new tc01.
So it really drew my attention and what i love about this chassis and why i’ve wanted one for so long is it feels and looks just like a formula one car it’s very close to what you would expect a formula one car to look like once you Take the body off now. This is four wheel drive, obviously for formula one cars and not four wheel drive, but this was actually raced back in the day, so to give it some proper handling, tamiya made it four wheel drive which is quite impressive. Being how small this monocots chassis is. Now you could take out the front diff and have it just rear wheel drive, but i think it’d be such a nightmare to drive that having it as a four wheel drive car meant you could actually enjoy it and drive around the track and race it. So from what i hear, these are really good, well, handling, sorted, chassis and there’s. Quite a few upgrades you can do to it now this one i only picked up this week and the story unfolds as like this now i’ve ordered one of these. For about six months, but so i keep an eye on the ebay and things like that, and people are asking big money for these cars way out of the budget. For me just to get one to add to my collection now i you know to get one new inbox to actually build it.
I almost got a new inbox one to build on the show, but the price was. It was 300 pound which is still good value for a new inbox one, but it’s still. It was pushing well past my budget for the show currently well a few days ago. Another one came up, which was the ferrari, which is this one, and it was pitched at 250 pound, but it was built it had been driven, but it was in pretty decent condition and it said office, so i offered 200 pound for it, and the owner came Back and said 220., so i replied to him saying well: you’ve driven it. It needed a new front wing front decals. The chassis had damage across the bottom, so a new chassis is about 65 pound and you can get them parts aren’t too bad for this. So i said to him: well, if you add those parts on your price is um too high, so i made an offer of 205 and he accepted so i got that one for 205., so i posted a few photographs of it on my rc kicks facebook page. So then someone came back and his name was paul. Penny hi, paul, big, shout out to you paul said: i’ve got one. I want to sell it, so i said to him: well, you know i’ve already bought one off ebay. How much do you want for it? So he said well, i’m, not looking to make a fortune out of it.
Really i just want to get back what i paid for it. So there it was. I knew i shouldn’t ask the question. I asked him how much he wants to sell it for so reasonably. He said he wanted like 185 pound and i just paid 224, and then he sent me some photographs of this car and it’s never been driven. It is all new in great condition. The body’s painted up well and it came with spares. It came with a rear wing and a front ring that never been driven either. So i had a dilemma: i’ve just paid 220 quid for a drill driven one and i’m now being offered a mint one. You can see where this is going, so i sent an email to the ebay guy who i purchased the f201 from that been driven saying. Would you mind if i cancelled my order? He never replied to me and he’s posted it out, but i can kind of understand that a little bit as in i bought it fair and square. At a reason, what i would say was a reasonable price for a car of that quality. So i’ve ended up with two of them that’s right. I now own two f201s and i kind of kind of hope the other one would have arrived by now, but i think the seller just said that he posted it just so that he he never. He responded to my email, saying um: yes, you can cancel it or anything, so he’s posted it out and it’s mine that’s, fair enough, that’s, okay, i can always sell it on when it arrived, but i was kind of hoping that it would arrive in time.
For me to make this video, so i could show you too just to show you how much of an idiot i am anyway. So i couldn’t turn down paul’s uh very generous offer to have this one, so i paid for it and he posted it out. Super quick and here it is, and it arrived first, so i thought: hey i’ll show it to you, so you can have a good look at it. The one good thing about having two of them is the other one’s been driven, so i will drive it and i will film some footage with it and i’ll do a second video as this one won’t be driven purely because it’s never been driven, and i would Be crazy to do that um if there’s any parts on that car that have been replaced or upgraded. I will swap them over onto this one um and things like that. But the good news is, i can use the wing and the front wing and the rear wing that came with this car to put onto that car. So i can then sell that one on and hopefully make a little bit of money on it to help pay for this one, because it all got a little bit expensive. So i’m, going to give you a little bit of history about this car and then we’ll. Do some close up shots of it, so this is an f201 released by tamiya on the 13th of march 2002.
Now this is based on uh the formula one car, which is the f2001 driven by michael schumacher in the 2001 um season. Michael schumacher did nine wins in this car and he took his fourth world championship with it, and it also went on and won the constructors championship. Uh 123 points, which does seem like not many compared to the modern formula, one but that’s what 123 points. So it was a very respectable car and it won both constructors and championships for michael um. What else can i tell you about it now? This is kit 58288 released in 2002. Like i said now, there’s been four versions of this chassis released by tamiya, so the ferrari is the first one and that um was five. Eight two eight eight now the second kit that was released is 58294 still an f201, and that was a chassis kit with original body, so it i guess it didn’t really come with all the ferrari livery. It was just a basic kit. I think that was because these kits were actually raced. People were buying them so that they could actually take them racing instead of really collecting them as models or things like that. Then we skipped forward another year. On the 26th of february 2003, we saw the williams, bmw, f1 f, w 24 version released with all the livery and everything of that time. Then we skip forward again a little bit to the 25th of september 2003, where they actually released a tuned chassis kit.
So i guess that’s a real response to people actually racing these as it had a few upgrades and things like that. It had alloy dampers, alloy body, mount sides, motor mounts and a few other bits and pieces that were upgraded straight out of the box. But no livery or anything like that, just a standard body, so you could kind of paint it up as you wanted it, and that was it for that whole. F2. F201. It only ran from march 2002 until september 2003 and then they were discontinued a little bit later, so it didn’t run for very long and obviously there’s been lots of different versions of formula one card since then, but uh these have never been re released, that’s it. So that makes them a little bit more desirable, but they’re just stunning i mean it absolutely gorgeous. Looking car it really. Once you take the body off, i i personally prefer it with the body off to having the body on mainly because the body that was supplied by tamiya isn’t that realistic for the car, the f 2001 car there’s a few things that are kind of wrong with It uh tamiya didn’t, do the front barge boards where this the real car had barge boards here, which i’m guessing you could probably make yourself, but the main one where i think i don’t understand why they didn’t do any of these is, if you actually look. I put up an image here of the actual car.
If you look on the back here, it’s very flat. This is nothing like how the formula one car was it tapered in really at the back, and then you had a flat chassis sticking out, and this has none of that it has. These little winglets were actually on stalks, so they kind of just ignored that whole back design and it’s quite distinctive, so it doesn’t really look these sections don’t, really look like the original car on later versions of formula one cars by tamiya. They actually did this so i’m, not quite sure why they didn’t at the time i don’t know whether they thought oh it’s, just gon na become an actual racing. Car people are gon na take to the track, so people don’t really necessarily want them to be perfectly. Like replicas, but for me that’s exactly what i’d like to see so it’s a bit of a shame, so the body kind of lets it down a little bit, but once you take the body off personally, i think the car looks the best like this. The tires the front wing, the rear wing, the front wing actually has the holes for the canards in it. It’S all really done well, it’s, really pretty, and the chassis itself is stunning how they cram so much into such a small space um. I really love it and i love the onboard suspension. Works beautifully. So i’m a big fan um. So there you go.
What else can i tell you about this car um, the actual real formula. One car was really really good. It was so good. It actually went on to drive the following year and it won its last race, which was in australia in 2002, before it was surpassed by the f2002 chassis which was for that year, um. So there you go just a quick one. It comes with a sports tuned motor. This one has got a uh. What servo is it? It’S got a very old acoms as12 servo in it, but it has no electronic speed, control or anything like that, but in very good condition, as you would expect. As soon as the other next one arrives, i’ll do a running video of it just because i really want to have a go of it before i set it on and being that it’s been driven um. I will upgrade this and there’s quite a few little upgrades. You can do for it which i’d like to do changing out the shocks, um and then there’s. Some of the drive line can be upgraded and things like that, which would be really nice because i’m, a big fan of it. Even though i won’t drive this one it’d be nice to have the metal, shocks and stuff like that right there you go just a quick one to show you a car that is joining my collection more than i bought it to actually have it on the show.
It’S one i really wanted for a while.