The original Tamiya Wild One was a groundbreaking radio control car when it debuted in 1985. It featured highly detailed working suspension and powertrain bits that functioned like a real car’s, and building one was a lesson in automotive engineering for those of a certain age. Now, a U.K. company has turned the Wild One into a car that the adult version of that kid can actually drive.
The main structure consists of a polycarbonate bathtub chassis and metal roll cage suspended by coilovers and oil-filled shocks and a trailing-arm rear suspension. It runs on electric power fed through a differential to twin half-shafts with U-joints in flexible rubber boots, and — oh wait, that was the toy from 1985.
The redux version, dubbed the Wild One Max, is built by the U.K.’s Little Car Company under license from Tamiya. While the original was in