Lancia Delta HF Integrale

At the beginning, I found this body new and complete, and I was using it randomly with my TB-01 chassis. The problem was that using it for rally sessions could only lead to destroying it, so I had to modify the TB-01 with on-road settings each time I want to run it with the Lancia body. Of course, I could have installed this body on the TT-01 chassis, but this would have required a serious modification of the body mounts for every run.

This is why I took the opportunity to give this splendid body a dedicated chassis, and by the way, getting the exact model kit on which it first appeared in Tamiya product range (kit 58117).


The TA-01 chassis familly

The TA-01 chassis it the on-road adaptation of the DF-01 chassis first seen on the Manta Ray in 1990: more information about this in the articles about Tamiya history of on-road and off-road chassis (links are provided at the end of this article).


Toyota GT-Four Rally

Tamiya 58096 Toyota GT-Four Rally 

Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo 

Mercedes Benz 190 E

Tamiya 58108 Mercedes Benz 190 E 

Ford Escort RS

Tamiya 58112 Ford Escort RS 

Schnitzer BMW M3 Sport

Tamiya 58113 Schnitzer BMW M3 Sport 

Lancia Delta HF Integrale

Tamiya 58117 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 

Toyota Celica GT-Four RC

Tamiya 58119 Toyota Celica GT-Four RC 

Axia Skyline GT-R

Tamiya 58120 Axia Skyline GT-R 

Michelin Pilot Cosworth

Tamiya 58125 Michelin Pilot Cosworth 


This chassis actually features few models, but it is very important in Tamiya history since let the manufacturer efficiently answer a major and sudden RC market move. The TA-01 will end its career in 1993 to leave room for the TA-02 and then to a full lineage of evolutions of this platform that still exists today.


The TA-01 chassis when it arrived

I received a very well assembled bare chassis that I will setup for pure on-road use. Of course, it is meant to receive the Lancia Delta HF Integrale bodyset.


Tamiya TA-01 Chassis 


As you can see, the chassis is in an almost new state, it is fully ball raced and already equipped with hydraulic dampers. I only have to install all the electronics: for the rest of the equipment, it will be standard with a Mabuchi 540 motor, a TEU-101BK speed controller and a radio receiver.


Tamiya TA-01 Chassis 


The chassis is now fully equipped and all cables are tied: at the front, I installed an urethane bumper (reference 53353) after some cutting. It will provide shock protection to the front of the body, but it is mainly for my personal peace of mind: any real hit will be lethal to the body, whatever bumper you may fit.