Originally Posted by nagatahawk
I spoke to the powers that be at Tamiya, at the LA hobby show, and...
No spec class is being considered.
All of the Tamiya classes are basically Spec classes, just different levels. Plus, they do have the TL-01/TT-01 Spec classes too.
Rick, we used to equal or better the open mod sedan lap times with the F103 cars, 2000's, and mabuchi motors. I think the difference between this car and previous pan-sedan classes are:
You already have a group of drivers who won this car in a number of different variations (F103RX/RS/LM/TRF/L) that have been itching to race them again.
Tamiya owners are a different group than any other group. They will buy a kit just because it says Tamiya on it, even if they never assemble it!
No other manufacturer has a series like TCS. The closest was Kyosho's Mini-Z class or HPI's thing, but they still pale in comparison.
Unlike other Pan-sedan classes, this class would still use 6-cell packs, eliminating a barrier to entry for people who don't want to buy seperate packs.
And there are some of us who hope that the release of this version of the chassis means there will be a return of the F103-based F1 class.