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Tamiya Mini 4WD Champions 2018

The highest peak of the mini 4WD racer at the Tamiya mini 4/4 accredited competition, Champions.
Tamiya Mini 4/4 Official Games Approved as a “Champions” player who won the Open Class and praise its honor.

52 people certified by the Champions as of January 1, 2018

Everyone who received Champions’ certification in 2017 (29 people)
■ Mini 4WD Grand Prix 2017 NEW YEAR (5 people)
Okayama Competition, Kakegawa Competition, Tokyo Convention, Ehime Competition, Sendai Competition
■ Mini 4WD Grand Prix 2017 SPRING (7 people)
Kumamoto Tournament, Tokyo Tournament 1, Hokkaido Tournament, Osaka Tournament, Okayama Tournament, Tokyo Tournament 2, Ehime Tournament
■ Mini 4WD Japan Cup 2017 (15 people)
Osaka Games 1, Shizuoka Tournament, Kumamoto Tournament, Tokyo Tournament 2, Ehime Tournament, Sendai Tournament, Niigata Tournament, Hokkaido Tournament, Tokyo Tournament 3D, Tokyo Tournament 3, Kakegawa Tournament, Osaka Tournament 2, Fukui convention, West Japan convention EX, Tokyo convention EX
■ Mini 4WD Grand Prix 2017 WINTER (2 people)
Tokyo Games, Hokkaido Tournament

The players (23) who got excellent results at the following competitions at the 16-17 Champions Certified will extend the certification period to December 31, 2018 * as a special case.
■ Mini 4WD Grand Prix 2017 NEW YEAR (5 people) Okayama, Kakegawa, Tokyo, Ehime, Sendai
■ Mini 4WD Grand Prix 2017 SPRING (6 people) Kumamoto, Tokyo, Hokkaido, Osaka, Tokyo 2, Ehime
■ Mini 4WD Japan Cup 2017 (9 people) Shizuoka, Kumamoto, Ehime, Niigata, Hokkaido, Tokyo 3, Kakegawa, Osaka 2, Fukui
■ Mini 4WD Grand Prix 2017 Winter (1 person) Tokyo *
■ Mini 4WD World Challenge 2017 (1 person) Japan national team
■ Mini 4WD Championship (1 person)
※ The competitors will be certified until January 31, 2019.

About Champions Special Award athletes
Awards for long-term enrollment and athletes who have remarkable results in the Champions will be awarded as “Champions Special Award”.
■ Champions Certified Period The players who have confirmed their continuation for 5 years (Players who received Championship certification after 2014: Continue for 6 years including certified year)
■ Japan Cup Champion (Open Class or Champions) and World in the same year Challenge and championship
■ All series of Mini 4WD Grand Prix (NY, SP, WT etc) at the Champions in the same year, players who won the Japan Cup etc.
■ 2018 Special Award Athletes (2)
Champions Certified for 5 years Continuce fixed players will be special awards players, the long-awaited Champions’ right to exercise can be exercised.

Champions’ race participation procedure
Please have a valid ID card and go directly to the convention headquarters. I will check the name, ID card, we will give you the Champions Entry Seal. (Please come to the venue by the start of the second qualifying at the latest.

Method of race progress when the Champions participate
· First preliminary round: It will be mixed with open class. As the course will be the A course in principle, please show the entry seal so that you can see the Champions as a car inspection staff and starter. (If you finish in 1st place, the second or lower player will be in second qualifying advancement.)

· Secondary preliminary round: We will run out between the Champions. (There is a car inspection column for Champions by the venue.)
* Depending on the number of participants, there are cases where we narrow down the finalists in the second preliminary round. In addition, we may not be able to run if aggregate is delayed by calling.

· Finals: We decide the runners combination by lottery. Since the final will be in progress with other classes, if you have a final call, please hurry to the inspection area.

· About special awards players: Championship races, such as Japan Cup, World Challenge, Championship, etc., will be on stage as Champions. Other Mini 4WD Grand Prix series etc. will make a special race between the special race players in the final race. It is also possible not to exercise the right of running a long time. In that case it will be handled in the following certification period.

· Certified Competition About Mixed Run with Open Class: Combination of 1 race runner in open class and other champions is prohibited.

About the Champions Certification Period
The competitors who won the Tamiya Mini 4/4 Official Competition Open Class will be certified from the next competition (including the championship) until December 31 of the following year. However, if you win the certificate in the open class, the extension of the Champions ‘certification period may be approved by the special case if you win the Champions during the extended period during the Champions’ Certification Extension the following year.

(Information as of December 11, 2017)

Tamiya Mini 4WD provisional regulation changes announced

Tamiya hereby announces changes to the regulations for Tamiya Official Mini 4WD races in Japan, which are provisionally to be in force for 2018 New Year and Spring races.

■Mini F Series Regulations ■

In order to keep Tamiya’s Mini 4WD race competitions fun, exciting, and fair, we have developed a set of competition regulations. All participants of official Mini 4WD race events are required to abide by these regulations.

Mini 4WD races are not just about being the fastest, it’s also about using your head and having good set-up techniques. Not only do you challenge other racers, but you challenge yourself too. By remembering the spirit of fair play, you can learn how to race honorably and with good manners. Therefore, we hope that every Mini 4WD fan will abide by these regulations.

※Latest changes (December 2017): Section 3: Machine Measuring System
★The limit on the number of rollers (was previously 6) has been removed.
★The limits on positioning of rotating mass dampers have been removed.
Please note that these special rules will provisionally apply to 2018 New Year and Spring races only. An announcement about their continuation or otherwise will be made at a later date.


1. Usable Machine Types

Only Mini 4WD REV, Mini 4WD PRO, Racing Mini 4WD, Super Mini 4WD, Fully-Cowled Mini 4WD, Aero Mini 4WD, Mighty Mini 4WD, R/C Mini 4WD, and Truckin’ Mini 4WD machines are permitted. Further restrictions on machine types may be possible depending on the race event or race class.

2. Machine Assembly

All machines must be four-wheel drive. Modifications that result in rear-wheel or front-wheel drive are prohibited. Bodies should have stickers applied or be painted, and must be securely attached to the chassis. Please be warned that bodies which are particularly small, or those which it is difficult to check are painted or have stickers applied, may be prohibited. Home-made bodies are prohibited. All machines must go through car inspection and machines that do not pass inspection cannot participate in the race. As a general rule, machines must be assembled by the racer. Some exceptions may be applied. Please ask Race Officials.

3. Machine Measuring System

All machines must have a 4WD setup and will be subject to the same measuring system as shown below.

Maximum Car Width: Under 105mm
Overall Car Height: Under 70mm
Overall Car Length: Under 165mm
Minimum Ground Clearance: At least 1mm
Minimum Car Weight (including batteries and motor): At least 90g
Front and Rear Tires: Diameter: 22-35mm, Width: 8-26mm (Note that tires must be attached.)
Rollers: There is no limit on the amount of rollers that can be used.
(★Effective for 2018 New Year & Spring races)
Mass Dampers: The installation positions of rotating mass dampers are no longer limited.
(★Effective for 2018 New Year & Spring races)

When adding parts to the bumpers, side guards or the chassis, please note the zone restrictions below.
※Definition of Bumpers – For MS chassis, the bumper is the section on the Front or Rear Unit not including the Bumperless Unit. On other chassis, bumpers are the sections forward and rearward of the front and rear gearboxes respectively.
※Definition of Side Guards – Parts that extend from the sides of the chassis between the front and rear tires.

Parts which extend around the outside of the wheels to completely frame the chassis are not allowed.
Parts attached to the front bumper cannot extend past the line of the front axle.
Parts attached to the rear bumper cannot extend past the line of the rear axle.
Parts attached to the side guards must remain within the lines shown: (back edge of Front Tire & front edge of Rear Tire)
Chassis: Extension parts which are attached to the chassis itself are subject to the same zone restrictions as similar parts attached to the bumpers or side guards.

※There are no rules for parts which pass above or within the outside edges of the tires.
※There are no rules for mounting rollers, etc. to the body as long as they are above the level of the wheel axles. If they extend below this line, they will be subject to the same limits as parts which are attached to side guards.

4. Motor

Machines may use the kit-included normal motor, Rev-Tuned Motor, Torque-Tuned Motor, Atomic-Tuned Motor, Sprint-Dash Motor, Power-Dash Motor, Hyper-Dash 2 Motor, Hyper Mini Motor, Light-Dash Motor, Hyper-Dash 3 Motor, Rev-Tuned 2 Motor, Torque-Tuned 2 Motor and Atomic-Tuned 2 Motor. Mini 4WD PRO machines may only use the kit-included normal motor or motors designed for use with the Mini 4WD PRO series.
Depending on the race event, other Tamiya motors may be permitted.
For speed-limited race events or classes, if your speed exceeds the allowed limit, even the above motors may not be installed.
Disassembling the motor to change the number of coils and other such illegal modifications are prohibited.
If there are indications that the motor cap has been detached, it will be judged as being illegally modified.

5. Batteries
Only Tamiya-branded R6/AA/UM3 batteries are permitted. R/C Mini 4WD cars and TR-1 chassis cars may use alkaline batteries only. If the battery appears to be damaged in any way, they will not be accepted for safety reasons. Please note that some events may have different rules regarding which types or brands of batteries can be used.

6. Modifications

Please follow the guidelines below when modifying your car. Also note that for modifications not listed, race officials will have the final absolute authority to grant or deny their use.

  1. Chassis modifications are limited to cutting away plastic material or cutting holes out of the stock chassis. Homemade chassis and homemade parts are prohibited.
  2. Parts used for modification are limited to Tamiya Mini 4WD, R/C Mini 4WD, and Dangun Racer parts only.
  3. Part modifications are limited to cutting away the material or making holes in the stock part.

[NOTE] Original part shape must be clearly identifiable.
In the following cases, it will be considered that the original part shape is not identifiable:
※Modifications to the part shape on carbon plates, FRP plates or metal parts (including modifications to shaft or pin shape).
In the following cases, it will be considered that the original part shape is identifiable:
※Modifications to parts that keep the original part shape, such as simply cutting away the material, or enlarging or adding parts attachment holes.
※Opening holes or painting on the top side of the rollers.
※Modifying or cutting tire material (changing the material properties of the tire surface is prohibited. Combining different sizes or materials of tires is allowed. However, please make sure that they do not fall apart during running).
※Using motor parts is allowed (motor disassembly is not recommended).

4. Gear modifications are limited to making holes or shaving away material to reduce weight and installing ball bearings. All running gears must be installed according to the set gear ratios.
5. Only kit-included battery terminals or Grade-Up Part battery terminals, installed according to the instruction manuals, may be used. Soldering or double-plated terminals are prohibited.
6.Modifications that cause physical harm to the track, cause injury to any person, or release grease and/or other substances onto the track are all prohibited.
7. Modifications to the tire’s shape are allowed if they comply with the Car Measuring System outlined above. However, changing the material properties of the tire surface (including, but not limited to, applying glue or other substances to the tire surface) are prohibited.

【 2 】 Race Courses
For courses which satisfy the below specifications and are sanctioned by Tamiya, times recorded during races will be officially recognized. All times recorded on original courses that do not meet these requirements will be considered unofficial.

Individual Lane Width: 115mm (measured on a straight section)
Course Wall Height: 50mm (measured from road surface)
Adjusting the height and lane width of lane change sections, bank turn sections, etc. for smoother racing operations is permitted.

【 3 】 For Competitions at Official Race Courses
The start of the race will be indicated by a signal from a Tamiya race official or a starting signal system. Racers will switch on their cars, hold them in the air with one hand, and drop them vertically into their assigned lane at the start signal. Throwing or pushing the car forward is prohibited.
A racer will immediately retire from a race if their car leaves the track, flips over, jumps into another lane, or if their car’s body detaches during the race.
If race officials determine that a racer’s car is blocking the progress of faster machines, the racer will be required to retire.
A car’s race is completed when it reaches the finish line.
Qualifying and Final positions are determined by either the race finishing order or Time Attack time.

【 4 】 Car Inspection
All racers must have their car inspected by race officials before the race. If any part of the car is determined to be against race regulations, the racer must make the necessary changes in order to participate in the race.
From the time the car passes the car inspection to when the race begins, the car’s settings must not be changed and no modifications can be made.
In addition to the pre-race car inspection, other car inspections may occur at any time during the race day at the race official’s discretion. If the car is found to be in violation of the race regulations at any of these inspections, the racer’s race results up to that point will be disqualified and the racer must make necessary changes in order to participate in subsequent races.
If a machine does not pass car inspection, and cannot be made race-legal, the participant can still take part in the Qualifying rounds for their own benefit, but their times will not be recorded.

【 5 】 Disqualification
If any of the following situations occur, race officials will, at their discretion, have absolute authority to disqualify any racer. Please take care to remember the common manners for a Mini 4WD race to avoid any problems.

A racer’s car is determined to have modifications that will cause physical harm to other racers, other cars, or the race track.
A racer’s car is determined to have modifications that are designed to deliberately obstruct other cars.
A racer deliberately puts grease or other substances onto the track to affect track surface conditions.
A racer is determined to have modified their car after it had passed the car inspection.
A racer is determined to have deliberately touched the track or cars to impede other racers’ race progress.
A racer does not follow the instructions of race officials or otherwise impedes the operations of the race track.
A racer has a false start, or is determined to have thrown or pushed their cars forward at the start of a race.
A racer is determined to have acted against the spirit of fair play or caused distress to other participants.

【 6 】 Race Operations
Participants may raise objections to the race officials. However, these objections must be made before the next race begins.
Race officials reserve the right to announce the use of special regulations at any time during the race.

【 7 】 Participant Restrictions
Please be aware that some races have age limitations, so it may be that some participants cannot take part in certain classes or races.
Except for endurance races, it is against regulations to have more than 2 racers using the same car.

Live video stream of Tamiya Challenge Cup 2017 Final Race in Kakegawa

Tamiya Challenge Cup 2017 Final Race will be delivered live from Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit in Shizuoka Prefecture. This year Tamiya Challenge Cup 2017 Final Race can be said to be the total settlement of the “Tamiya Challenge Cup” held over 600 national competitions throughout the country. In this tournament, I will move the venue to the world’s largest all-weather RC circuit “Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit” and aim for the project shop in Japan. Of course, we also hold popular semi-endurance race against shoppers every time. It will be exciting in team battle with shop as the core! Please have a look.
※ Video and audio may be distorted due to circumstances such as communication status, and distribution may be cancelled without notice.

Tamiya Challenge Cup 2017 Finals semi endurance race against shops video

Distribution date and time 12/2 (Sat) around 14:00 – 16:00 (planned) Tamiya Challenge Cup Final race “Tami Chara Climax 2017” will be live-distributed from Shizuoka / Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit. This year “Tamiya Challenge Finals 2017” can be said to be the total settlement of the “Tamiya Challenge Cup” held over 600 national competitions throughout the country. In this tournament, I will move the venue to the world’s largest all-weather RC circuit “Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit” and aim for the project shop in Japan. Of course, we also hold popular semi-endurance race against shoppers every time. It will be exciting in team battle with shop as the core! Please have a look. ※ Video and audio may be distorted due to circumstances such as communication status, and distribution may be canceled without notice.

Tamiya RC Car Grand Prix Vol. 20 video

Tamiya RC Hobby Experience Event “Tamiya RC Car Festival” is the theme park of the car in Odaiba “MEGA WEB (mega web)” It was held. Experience driving of electric R / C car “Try !! Tamiya RC”, RC car assembly class “Try !! Tamiya RC school”, “Heavy dump experience” piloting the dump truck RC and challenging the luggage, “RC trailer We hold an event that you can enjoy experiencing Tamiya RC model such as “trailer ride passenger experience” where you can get in. RC car race “Tamiya RC car Grand Prix” which was superb worthy at the 23rd was also held. “Tamiya RC car festival” that you can touch, ride, maneuver and enjoy Tamiya’s RC hobby will be held in the future. Please come by all means

Tamiya Fair 2017 & Tamiya World Championship 2017 official videos

Tamiya fair has been established as a Shizuoka autumn hobby event. This 19th year was held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 and Sunday, May 19, 2017. We were visited by 24,000 customers. Please take a look at Tamiya’s hobby festival.

00:25 MAZDA Championship Finals Amain Heat #1/決勝Aメイン第1ヒート
08:26 ST Championship Finals A-main Heat #1/決勝Aメイン第1ヒート
15:42 GT Championship Finals A-main Heat #1/決勝Aメイン第1ヒート
23:05 TRF Championship Finals A-main Heat #1/決勝Aメイン第1ヒート
30:11 Jr. Championship Finals A-main Heat #1/決勝Aメイン第1ヒート
37:15 RACING TRUCK Class Finals A-main/決勝Aメイン
45:55 MAZDA Championship Finals B-main/決勝Bメイン
53:56 ST Championship Finals B-main/決勝Bメイン
1:01:06 GT Championship Finals B-main/決勝Bメイン
1:08:28 TRF Championship Finals B-main/決勝Bメイン
1:15:47 Jr. Championship Finals B-main/決勝Bメイン
1:23:19 KONGHEAD Class Finals A-main/決勝Aメイン
1:30:55 MAZDA Championship Finals A-main Heat #2/決勝Aメイン第2ヒート
1:39:00 ST Championship Finals A-main Heat #2/決勝Aメイン第2ヒート
1:47:19 GT Championship Finals A-main Heat #2/決勝Aメイン第2ヒート
1:55:26 TRF Championship Finals A-main Heat #2/決勝Aメイン第2ヒート
2:02:55 Jr. Championship Finals A-main Heat #2/決勝Aメイン第2ヒート
2:10:54 Awards ceremony

East Coast’s largest Tamiya Mini 4WD circuit is at Cadillac House Gallery

Cadillac got a brilliant champion in manufacturers, drivers, teams and endurance races at the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, one of the world’s top endurance races who have been returning since 2017. To celebrate this, we opened the circuit “Visionaire Racing”, a hands-on mini 4WD circuit, on November 16, 2017, within the same brand’s experience center “Cadillac House” in New York. He is attracting the attention of enthusiastic racing fans.

Visionaire Racing is a hands-on exhibition facility full of new actions published at the Cadillac House gallery. On the basis of the production of miniature four-wheel drive in the 1980s and the race competition based on the race competition, ingenuity was devised from the viewpoint of art and curator unique to visionaire against the structure of the vehicle and how to enjoy the race ing. In addition to following the traditional mini 4WD race, this East Coast’s largest mini 4WD circuit not only follows the mini 4WD race but also manufactures visitors of mini car races, professional racers, Cadillac House (car kit purchase acceptable), creation (Colorful and variegated decoquizz), you can enjoy the process of competition.

In the general mini 4WD race, speed and unique expression and styling are major themes, but “Visionaire Racing” and Cadillac emphasize participants to demonstrate creativity in terms of race competition and artistry . Participants can take inspiration from the artist machine being exhibited and decorate their own mini 4WD with unexpected decoration.

“Visionaire Racing” will be open to the public from November 16, 2017 to January 15, 2018, Weekday from noon to 19 o’clock, weekend at 17 o’clock. Besides holding Tamiya’s mini 4WD on hand, you can also buy locally, or you can rent and join the race. December 3, December 10, December 17 Sunday will be the qualifying day, and the final race will be held to be the Grand Final on January 7.

Source (in japanese language): LEVOLANT BOOST

Tamiya wins two titles for the best vehicle miniatures 2017 from the German magazine MODELL FAHRZEUG

The magazine MODELL FAHRZEUG – Germany’s leading magazine for car miniatures – awarded the “Model Vehicle of the Year” award for the 27th time on November 16,2017. The award ceremony for the “Model Car Oscars” was held this year at the Hans-Peter Porsche Traumwerk in Anger.

For the 27th time, the trade magazine MODELL FAHRZEUG from Delius Klasing Verlag has awarded the coveted “Model Vehicle of the Year” award in 22 categories. In addition, the best brands in the industry were also selected. The main actors met this time in Anger, near Bad Reichenhall. The incomparable experience world of Hans-Peter Porsche Traumwerk provided the appropriate and dazzling setting for this renowned industry event. At the prize-giving ceremony itself on Thursday morning, the focus was on those car miniatures that were voted “Model of the Year 2017” by readers of the magazine MODELL FAHRZEUG. In addition, an exclusive insider trip to an exciting toy auction next year was raffled off among all participants in the readers’ poll. Hans-Peter Porsche, who had donated this prize, personally presented it to the lucky winner Thomas Stickel, who had arrived with his son. Both winners spent a varied day at the event location near Anger. The industry meeting on the occasion of the reader’s choice, which traditionally brings together the responsible representatives from the model car and automobile and commercial vehicle industry, is already enjoying cult status – from all over Europe, even from faraway China, guests are coming to attend the event.

Winner Category S
RC: Electro Professional
Tamiya Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3363 6×4 1:14 scale

Top RC Brand 2017

Source: MODELL FAHRZEUG magazine

First photos of “Try !! Tamiya RC in Shibuya Sports Car Festival 2017” event

“SHIBUYA SPORTS CAR FES 2017” (Shibuya Sports Car Festival 2017), an outdoor event where you can experience the sports car culture held at Yoyogi Park, Keiki Nagi Street for two days from November 24 (Fri) to Sunday 25 (Sat) . At the Tamiya booth of this event organized by the Shibuya Koen-Town Shopping District Promotion Association, we will implement a maneuvering experience event “TRY !! Tamiya RC” at rental RC.

Implementation content

■ RC car handling experience corner “TRY !! Tamiya RC”
Lending machine (planned): 1/18 RC Conghead 6 × 6/1/10 RC GAZOO Racing TRD 86/1/8 RC Dancing rider

■ 1/1 Mini 4WD “Aero Avante” Exhibition
The actual car version of the popular machine “Aero Avante” representing mini 4WD is displayed!

Featured event at the venue

■ Gravity Rally (Gravity Rally)
Experience the intense car race which can not be realized with the actual car with the head mounted display and the RC car!
Participants get on a dedicated simulator and mount the head mounted display. You can experience an intense car race full of realism that can not be realized with real cars, such as steering an RC car with a camera, running the course, hitting it, and jumping. A dedicated simulator reproduces the shaking in a realistic manner, and how it applies to G is also real. Also, at the venue monitor, we broadcast video from in-vehicle camera. You can watch with incandescent live commentary and commentary and you can experience exhilarating experience as if you are watching the actual race.
(Planning · Produce: TOYOTA GAZOO Racing · Cooperation: Tamiya)


■ Period: Friday, November 24, Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 25, 2010 (Sat) 
※ In case of stormy weather may be canceled.
■ Time:
· Friday, November 24: 12: 00-16: 30
· November 25 (Sat) 10: 00-16: 30

■ Venue: Yoyogi Park Keyaki Namiki
(Shibuya Ward Jinan 2-chome Yoyogi Park B District)
■ Organizer: Shibuya Konitsutsu Shopping Street Promotion Association
■ Support: Shibuya Ward / Shibuya Ward Tourism Association
■ Co-sponsored: CARGUY / Tamiya / Toyota Motor Corporation

■ Access:
· Get ​​off at JR “Harajuku” on foot 3 minutes on foot
· Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line “Yoyogi Park” (C02) Get off 3 minutes on foot
· Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line · Fukutoshin Line “Meiji Jingumae (Harajuku)” (C03, F15) get off 3 minutes on foot
· Get ​​off at Odakyu Line “Yoyogi Hachiman” 6 minutes on foot

★ Please see the detailed contents of the event on the official website

First photos of the event