I purchased a Tamiya Volkswagen Beetle Rally – MF-01X for a bit of fun, this four wheel drive chassis really sparked my interest and reminded me of those old Tamiya models people first used to get in to drifting.
The MF-01X features a rear mounted motor, and uses a prop shaft to transmit power to the front wheels. It features a robust, easy to maintain monocoque frame. It is at home on road and flat dirt surfaces.
My original plan was to create a nice little rally chassis but as the build (Which was awful) progressed I decided not to go down that road straight away. I thought it would be pretty cool to see this beetle going sideways. I went with my trademark black paint job and added some MST adjustable wheels with pink inserts from Shapeways and created the Muki Beetle.
Will it drift?
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to create a new feature “will it drift?” taking a pretty stock RC car to a track and seeing if it could drift seemed a pretty neat idea in a world of expensive models and big egos could a plucky little Tamiya stand out?
If you want to go dictionary definition it didn’t drift, power sliding is the term most would use but what is good enough for a CS Chassis is good enough for me. So in my my opinion yes it did drift it also did a pretty good job of it. The only change to the standard setup was using the control tire at MDS, it was ran using the Tamiya Torque Tuned motor and ESC provided.
A few people had a go with the Tamiya MF-01X and it put a smile on their face this simple little chassis was a blast. It was so much fun a ran a fair few batteries through it on the day it was out to test and it was able to keep up with the rest of the cars on track.
To sum it up
The Tamiya MF-01X is a god awful build but it’s a hell of a lot of fun to drive, it looked epic going sideways. It also goes to show you still don’t have to spend stupid money to have fun on track and I am confident a few more of these will be sliding in to peoples collection after it’s appearance at MDS.
Now the question is answered it will be going back to its original purpose and becoming a little rally car. It may make a return to track one day who knows but for now its parked up in Muki HQ awaiting it’s next mission.
Thanks for reading and look out for more “will it drift?” features in the future