It's Back! With very careful purchasing we are once again able to SMASH THROUGH the price barriers on the evergreen Tamiya Grasshopper Radio Control package - if you buy this bundle you get EVERYTHING (excluding AA batteries for the handset) to build and run this car. You don't even need to paint it, as this car comes ready finished in white - just put the stickers on!
Included in this package:
- Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper Car Kit
- Surpass 60 Amp Electronic Speed Controller (Option of Tamiya ESC for extra cost below)
- Xenon ET3 Steerwheel Radio and Receiver (Option of twin stick radio for extra cost below)
- Etronix Standard Steering Servo
- Ansmann Overnight Charger (Option of faster charger for extra cost below)
- 2100Mah Carson Battery
This combination gives you everything you need to build and drive.
Please note: Due to the tight costings on this package, there isn't an option to upgrade the battery.
Note on the Surpass ESC included in this package: The Surpass ESC is a high specification unit and will allow faster motors to be fitted. It is a short lead unit and requires the on/off switch to be fitted inside the car, rather than in the switch position at the base of the chassis (which is a poor location anyway as the switch gets wet and commonly fails there). You can either position this so that it's accessible through the window OR simply leave it switched on and power the car on and off by simply plugging in the battery - the latter is our suggestion. The switch is designed to be simply fitted, like the ESC, with a small piece of double sided tape supplied in the kit. These are very robust and long lasting ESCs in our experience.
The Grasshopper Kit Description Follows
Let It All Begin With This Buggy
Based on single-seater buggies seen tearing-up dirt tracks across the U.S. in the 80's, the Grasshopper first made its appearance in R/C stores in 1984. Boasting easy assembly and easy control, the lightweight Grasshopper proved an instant hit as the perfect entry level R/C kit. Also compatible with a whole range of option parts such as oil dampers, 540 motor and ball bearings, the Grasshopper was an entry level car that could keep up with the owners driving experience. Packed with all the fantastic features of the original kit, this fun 2WD buggy is a blast on both off-road and on-road tracks. Whether it was your first or will be your first, the Grasshopper guarantees to please.
Simple But Tough 2WD Chassis
The perfect combination of simple assembly and tough exterior is what made the Grasshopper so special. Durable plastic body is fastened to bathtub resin monocoque chassis by screws, creating a solid frame that can absorb any type of rough handling. Off-road tracks can be tackled with ease thanks to coil spring dampers, and independent swing axle front and rigid axle rear suspension. Diff loaded sealed gearbox keeps out the dirt and stones for smooth driving and cornering. Paddle style rear tires and grooved front tires combine with 3-piece assembly type wheels for excellent grip performance on dirt tracks. Half-body driver figure adds that finishing touch to a fun off-road R/C car.
Length: 389mm, width: 223mm, height: 135mm, weight: 830g 380 type motor (chassis compatible with 540 type motor - sold separately)
- Transmission Type: Rear 2 Wheel Drive
- Independent swing axle front suspension, rolling rigid axle rear suspension, friction dampers
- Sealed rear gearbox to protect diff gear during off-road running
- 3-piece assembly wheel, straight ribbed racing front tires, paddle rear tyres
- Front and rear axle compatible with ball bearings (sold separately)
Bearing Upgrade: These make the car run more smoothly and are easily installed during assembly. If there is no option for these shown, then the kit already includes the bearing upgrade as standard. These are entirely optional.
Radio System: There is a choice of a TWIN STICK (Traditional) radio or a Steering Wheel (Modern) radio. Both radios operate on 2.4Ghz and use the new Crystal-Free technology, so you can run multiple cars at the same time without any interference. The steering wheel radio is included in the price, a traditional twin stick radio just a few pounds more.
ESC: The ESC connects the radio system to the motor. We include a Surpass 60 Amp ESC - these are a very robust unit. You can optionally go for the "factory standard" Tamiya TBLE02S unit for an extra fiver, but it'll make no difference to how the car runs.
Charger: The package includes a basic trickle charger, this is an overnight unit that you would normally plug in to give the car a full charge in around 12 hours. We have an optional charger which will charge in around 2 to 3 hours.
If you would like more options, would like to choose a package without one of the above components, or wish to purchase the car kit on it's own, please search our site for the CUSTOM option of this kit - easily found by searching for the kit name or number followed by CUSTOM.