The R/C world appears to be in the midst of “re-release rage”, with many models from the early 80’s finding a renewed lease on life. While this onslaught of reintroducing previous models may overwhelm some hobbyists, it’s a great opportunity for people such as myself to learn about the machines that helped build this hobby many years ago.
Schumacher is the latest brand to join the re-release revolution by bringing back their CAT racing buggy. The original version was introduced in 1986 and gained glory when Masami Hirosaka drove it to victory during the 1987 1/10 4-wheel drive IFMAR World Championships.
For 2017, the CAT XLS Masami is a throwback to those glory days. Utilizing much of the original chassis design and components, this updated model will work with either brushed or brushless motors and will run on period-correct NiCad, NiMh, or “shorty” LiPo batteries.
The body shell is made from durable polycarbonate and a full replica decal set is included, allowing you to re-create Masami Hirosaka’s 1987 winning ride.
The Schumacher CAT XLS Masami is priced at $328.75 and will be available in March 2017, with pre-orders available now. Learn more about this re-release model at racing-cars.com.
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