“TRF has long contributed to Tamiya’s successful R/C product designs via the valuable race data gained through its racing activities in elite races such as world championships. In 2017 TRF will look to provide Tamiya R/C fans of all abilities across the world with even more comprehensive support. We will be present at official Tamiya-sanctioned events around the globe, ready to forge a closer bond with local racers and R/C fans, our goal being to provide a truly all-encompassing experience for the hobby. We look forward to your support and participation in 2017 and beyond.”
I feel like we need more information regarding team drivers, it seems like Tamiya will go the direction Team Durango did, and i’m not sure how good that will be for the TRF department in the future.
I read in a LiveRC article that TRF will keep two team drivers in Japan and provide more worldwide support at bigger events. But that statement is not officially from Tamiya Inc. So there are still much more to tell us.
I think this way, if Tamiya keep their factory team drivers i am sure TRF will survive in the future and people will still buy it. But are there no team drivers, almost no one will buy it. In my opinion, factory team drivers are crucial as they are the ones proving what the products performence is. If no one can show the performence and what it can do, no one will buy it and the customers will be uncertain if it’s worth the money spent.
I have never owned Tamiya, but i highly respect their TRF team and what it stands for. Also their racing kits are just awesome in both looks and performence.
I hope that TRF will keep develop fast racing kits and keep give us mere mortals a chance to drive a proper racing machine designed and developed by the best drivers in the world!