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Jaguar XJR-12 Daytona Winner (limited edition re-release)

Tamiya Jaguar XJR-12

Summary

  • Model #: 58352
  • Gallery: View
  • Released: 1991/2005
  • Prebuilt: No
  • Category: Cars
  • Chassis: Gr.C
  • Scale: 1/10
  • Use: Onroad
  • Style: Prototype racer
  • Config: MR
  • Driveline: Direct drive
  • Body: Polycarbonate
  • Finished body: Yes
  • Susp. front: Coil spring
  • Susp. rear: T-bar

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JANG's Impressions

Used in this build:

  • Duratrax Intellispeed 8T Pro ESC
  • Airtronics MX3-FHSS radio system
  • Bluebird BMS-821 digital metal geared high-speed servo

The FIA Group C and IMSA GTP prototype cars were among the most efficient, aerodynamic, brutally pure-bred racing beasts in the history of motorsports. From 1990 to 1992, Tamiya paid homage to these then-contemporary legends with a series of releases on their simple, pan car-inspired "Gr.C" chassis. In 2005, they were so kind as to dust off the old molds and re-release a few of these kits in limited numbers, with factory-detailed bodies.

The car this particular kit is modelled after won the 1990 running of the 24 Hours of Daytona. The re-release kit is mechanically identical to the original, but this one uses black molded chassis braces instead of blue, and plain white wheels versus the original's two-tone units with gold spokes and silver around the lip.

Oversized rear tires handle the realistic rear-only power, and even with the stock motor, the car moves quite nicely thanks to its light weight and very low-resistance direct drive setup. Tuning options are somewhat limited, but you can change or shim the front springs and of course the monoshock setup, and finely adjust center ride height. There are also two building options that move spacers around to more dramatically affect the ride height. The rear end has a ball diff, but it is not adjustable.

Thanks to the ample contact area of the tires, even without traction compound the Tamiya XJR-12 gets around a carpet or asphalt track with confidence and predictably, and it's a real joy to drive. It's also somewhat larger in absolute size than a 1/10th scale touring car, and the flat, spread-out body gives the car significant presence that commands attention.

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Build & Tips

See the Tamiya XJR-12 build thread on the forums for all of my comments during the build process plus a selection of photos as I went along.

  • I recommend not snapping the ball ends onto the steering knuckles early on. Leave this for the end, when the tires are mounted and you can judge and adjust the toe-in before really committing. The ball ends are a bit soft, not to mention tight-fitting, so the less you have to pop them on & off, the better.
  • When attaching the hex hubs to the main axle shaft, take care to not tighten the set screws down until you've adjusted the placement of both hubs to leave just the slightest bit of side to side play between the bearings.
  • I found height of the body at the rear to be slightly low when everything is built to the manual's specs. Try placing a washer on each rear post before attaching the body to help correct this.