A Racing Legend Reborn: Kyosho's 2020 Fantom EP 4WD

By: Tim Gluth

Low, sweeping, and sexy. That's how I'd describe Kyosho's latest on-road racer. Turning back the hands of time, this well-known R/C brand has revamped their classic 1/12-scale Fantom EP 4WD into a modern-day track terror.

When it first hit the track in 1983, the Fantom EP 4WD brought with it some unique design aspects that have been re-applied to this Vintage Series model. The FRP chassis, ladder-chain drive, and ultra-minimialist interior help to keep this model focused on performance.

Kyosho Fantom EP 4WD - Chassis Top

The 2020 model provides the ability to run today's electronics including Kyosho's long-shaft Le Mans 480T option motor.

Machined aluminum components can be found throughout the chassis, including body pins, axle mounts, and  bearing holders. Not only do these look sharp, but they help this machine withstand wear and tear.

Kyosho Fantom EP 4WD - Side

Kyosho Fantom EP 4WD Specs:

  • Scale: 1/12
  • Length: 345mm
  • Width: 172mm
  • Height: 83mm
  • Chassis type: Chain drive4WD
  • Wheelbase: 199-200mm(Adjustable)
  • Front tread: 135mm
  • Rear tread: 133mm
  • Weight (approx.): 1,500g (with GAB4201)
  • Motor: 540c-size

The 2020 Kyosho Fantom EP 4WD will be available directly through Kyosho and their dealers. Visit kyosho.com to learn more about this 1/12-scale throwback R/C car.

Image credit: Kyosho

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