The Dash-001 Great Emperor (ダッシュ００１号大帝) is a Racing Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya in September 1991.
It was featured in manga Dash! Yonkuro as Yonkuro Hinomaru's 4th machine in the series.
The Great Emperor featuring some design changes from the Super Emperor; The rear spoiler was changed to the one that was seen on the Horizon and the additional front spoiler was added to the front (in which covers the front bumper). Color scheme was changed to the more traditional Emperor-style color scheme.
The normal default form with front spoiler, rear spoiler and rear cowl attached was called Super Aero Formation (スーパーエアロフォーメーション). By removing the rear spoiler, the rear cowl and the front spoiler, the Naked Formation (ネイキッドフォーメーション) can be recreated. Since the front spoiler is covering the front bumper, it has to be removed if user wishes to install any Grade-Up Parts on the front bumper.
The original Great Emperor comes with the white mid-diameter 5-spoke G-Emperor-type wheels paired with high-profile slick tires, while the Premium variant comes with the gold small-diameter 3-spoke Fully Cowled-type wheel paired with treaded tires. The sub-parts and the easy locking gear cover for the chassis of the Premium variant were molded in red.
In the Manga
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The Great Emperor was made by Genkuro Hinomaru (Yonkuro's father), created from his own Dash-01 Super Emperor. Genkuro return to Japan before the tournament final and give the Great Emperor to his best friend Mr. Sumeragi, who then later give it to Yonkuro without him and the rest of the team knowing the car's origin. It was first used it in the national tournament's final.
It is everything superior to Super Emperor, to the point where Yonkuro's teammate Shinkuro was unable to catch it. During the beginning of the tournament's final, it get the headstart, but starts to slow down due to strong downforce and the air pressure being building inside the bodyshell!
Genkuro, who is watching the race alongside Mr. Sumeragi, decided to have Mr. Sumeragi to tell Yonkuro that the Great Emperor's origin and the other secret it has: The Great Emperor has two faces. Eventually, Yonkuro was able to figure it out by removing the front spoiler, the rear spoiler and the rear cowl, in which reduces the downforce and allows the Great Emperor to regains its superior performance. The Dash Warriors eventually won the national tournament.
During the Black Mistral arc, Yonkuro participates into the Hell Caravan rally with his Great Emperor, but during the first race, its front bumper and front spoiler got damaged. This forced Yonkuro to switch to Emperor and later Liberty Emperor.
Length: 131 mm (Zero/Special Kit), 150 mm (Premium)
Width: 86 mm (Zero/Special Kit), 97 mm (Premium)
Height: 50 mm (Zero), 41 mm (Special Kit)
Chassis: Zero Chassis, Super-II Chassis
Gear Set(s): 4.2:1 and 5:1 (Zero/Special Kit), 3.5:1 (Premium)
- The Great Emperor was chosen to be the cover car for the 1991's Tamiya Japan Cup.
- Dash-1 Emperor
- Dash-01 Super Emperor
- Liberty Emperor (Dash! Yonkuro)
- Dash-CB1 Geo-Emperor
- Dash-001 Great Emperor on Tamiya official website (Japanese)
- Dash-001 Great Emperor Special Kit on Tamiya official website
- Dash-001 Great Emperor Premium on Tamiya official website