Yes, the Tamiya Wild One Max EV buggy is road legal!
If you ever wanted a full-size version of an RC car, The Little Car Company Tamiya Wild One Max EV buggy is the perfect choice for you. With eight swappable battery packs and 124 miles of range, the Wild One Max will be making its debut at this year’s Good wood Festival of Speed.
The Tamiya Wild One Max EV was first announced in 2021 as a windscreen-less single-seat vehicle with a 5.5-hp electric motor and drew electricity from a small 2.0-kWh battery pack. According to LCC, it was aiming for a 25-mile range, and its top speed of 30 mph was somewhat tame compared to other vehicles.
At 141.7 inches overall, the new Wild One Max is both broader and longer. The cockpit is now large enough to accommodate two people. It also gets a redesigned front suspension with long-travel Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers at each corner in place of trailing arms and double wishbones.
There has also been a noticeable improvement in performance. Powered by an interesting-sounding battery system consisting of eight individually swappable packs with a total capacity of 14.4 kWh, the Wild One Max has a single engine capable of providing 37 horsepower peak with a 19 horsepower “continuous” rating. LCC claims that it’s sufficient for a range of up to 124 miles.
The buggy features 10.6 inches of ground clearance, 34.1-degree approach angle, and 50.8-degree departure. Road-spec tires are mounted up front on the 14-inch wheels, while aggressive off-road Maxxis Bighorn tires are mounted up back.
The numerous improvements over LCC’s first proposal have come at a significant cost. At the current exchange rate, The Little Car Company Tamiya Wild One Max EV buggy will start at approximately $45,000 in the United Kingdom. Fingers crossed for a release in the States.