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Dash1Busted.jpg|The busted Emperor, during the Mini 4WD Tournament arc.
Dash1Busted.jpg|The busted Emperor, during the Mini 4WD Tournament arc.
Dash-1 - Emperor (Prototype).jpg|Prototype
Dash-1 - Emperor (Prototype).jpg|Prototype
Dash-1 - Emperor - Benpira.jpg|Customized by Benpira
Dash-1 - Emperor - Benpira.jpg|Modified by Benpira

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Dash-1 Emperor





No. 18012 (Type-1)
18025 (Type-3)
94666 (Special Kit)
18625 (MS)
94670 (MS Finished Model)
18069 (Premium)
Series Racing Mini 4WD (Type-1/Type-3/Premium)
Mini 4WD PRO (MS)
Chassis(s) Type-1 Chassis
Type-3 Chassis
MS Chassis
Super-II Chassis
Release Date 1988 (Type-1)
1990 (Type-3)
2008 (MS/MS Finished Model)
2012 (Premium)
In fictional media
First Appearance Dash! Yonkuro
Owner Yonkuro Hinomaru
Mini 4WD cars are not toys! They are racing machines!
— Yonkuro Hinomaru in Dash! Yonkuro

The Dash-1 Emperor (ダッシュ1号・皇帝エンペラー) is a Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya in 1988.

It is featured in manga and anime Dash! Yonkuro as the primary machine for the protagonist, Yonkuro Hinomaru. It also features in the on-going manga, Hyper Dash! Yonkuro.

General info

The Emperor features the white, typical R/C buggy design bodyshell with red and orange stripes, as well as a blue canopy. On the front is a yellow mono-shock prop and a pair of upper arm props. There are headlight props mounted on the front side of the canopy while on the rear, there is a rear spoiler with a yellow 'DASH!' decal.

On the front is the CoroCoro Dragon logo and a decal with the numbers '496'.

The Type-1 variant comes with spiked tires while the Type-3 variant comes with high profile slick tires. The MS and Premium variants, however, both come with the large-diameter wheels paired with low profile slick tires. (The only difference being the wheel type: the white 4-spoke wheels on the MS variant and the metal gray 6-spoke wheels on the Premium variant.)

The Premium variant comes with metallic stickers.

In the manga and anime


Dash-1 Emperor as seen in Hyper Dash! Yonkuro.

Before the race against the thugs who were causing trouble around the off-road track that he and his friends made, Yonkuro was given a mysterious box by Mr. Sumeragi.

During the race, the thugs employ a dirty tactic by detonating bombs that have been buried into the race track beforehand. Yonkuro's Boomerang Jr. was severely damaged by the explosions but remembering the box that Mr. Sumeragi gave him, he opened the box and found that it contained the parts of his new car. Yonkuro had only assembled the new car's body and had his busted Boomerang's chassis recycled into his new car. Thanks to the new car, now known as the Dash-1 Emperor, Yonkuro and company won the race against the thugs.


The modified Dash-1 Emperor with MA Chassis.

During one of the races in the Mini 4WD Championship arc, The Emperor was struck by lightning at the last minute before it could cross the finish line. Mr. Sumeragi later have it repaired but it was busted again during the semi-final against the Emperor trio in the National Tournament, forcing Yonkuro to use the Great Emperor in the final.

The car was later rebuilt and used in the 2nd round of the Hell Caravan rally during the Black Mistral arc until it was melted due to the high heat of the lava race track.

In Hyper Dash! Yonkuro, the Emperor was, once again, Yonkuro's primary machine. It was used to race against the Dash Warrior members and, later, against Killkuro. However, the explosion caused by Killkuro's Night Seek Trigger had severely damaged the Emperor's chassis, forcing Mr.Sumeragi to replace the busted chassis with a new one (the MA Chassis) and modify the bodyshell to fit the new chassis. During the first race against the Dark Dominion in the castle, the Emperor was upgraded to Rise-Emperor thanks to the external parts provided by Shinkuro.

Technical info

Length: 127 mm (Type-1/Type-3), 152 mm (MS), 150 mm (Premium)

Width: 81 mm (Type-1), 86 mm (Type-3), 92 mm (MS), 97 mm (Premium)

Height: 53 mm (Type-1/Type-3)

Chassis: Type-1 Chassis, Type-3 Chassis, MS Chassis, Super-II Chassis

Gear set(s): 11.2:1 and 6.4:1 (Type-1), 6.4:1 and 5:1 (Type-3), 4:1 (MS), 4.2:1 (Premium)





  • It is the first Mini 4WD car to have more than one chassis variants.
  • Although they share the same bodyshell design, the MS variant is not compatible with any shaft-driven chassis.
  • It is the first to be not based on any R/C buggy that was produced by Tamiya.
    • It is also the first to have the R/C buggy (albeit a Quick Drive 1/14 scale R/C buggy) based on the Mini 4WD car.
  • It was chosen to be a cover car for the 1988 and 1989 seasons of Tamiya Japan Cup.
  • In Hyper Dash! Yonkuro, much like the Dash-2 Burning Sun, the Dash-1 Emperor was seen equipped with the Type-1 Chassis instead of Type-3 Chassis. This is because both cars are originally made for Type-1 Chassis.

See also

External links

Mini 4WD cars from Dash! Yonkuro franchise
Dash Warriors Mini 4WD Championship arc Boomerang Jr. · Monster Beetle Jr. · Hotshot Jr. · Falcon Jr. · Super Dragon Jr. · Hornet Jr. · Dash-1 Emperor · Dash-2 Burning Sun · Dash-3 Shooting Star · Dash-4 Cannonball · Dash-5 Dancing Doll · Dash-01 Super Emperor · Dash-0 Horizon · Dash-W1 Wild Saurus · Dash-02 Neo Burning Sun · Dash-001 Great Emperor
Black Mistral arc Horizon Boundless · Liberty Emperor
Shin Dash! Yonkuro Dash-CB1 Geo-Emperor · Dash-CB2 Blazing Sun · Dash-03 Super Shooting Star · Dash-04 Cannonball Wail · Dash-05 Dame the Dancing Doll · Dash-CBW Command Saurus
Hyper Dash! Yonkuro Rise-Emperor · Shooting Proud Star · God Burning Sun · Cannon D Ball · Dancing Divine Doll
Mini 4WD Championship participants Fire Dragon Jr. · The Fox Jr. · Thunder Dragon Jr. · Rising Bird · Bigwig Jr. · Avante Jr. · Thunder Shot Jr. · Clod Buster Jr. · Lunch Box Jr.
U Team and U Team 2 Dash-X1 Proto-Emperor · Crusader · Black Chopper · Black Bomber · Black Fighter · Black Attacker · Proto-Emperor ZX · Proto-Emperor Coretank
Team Momotaro Samurai Crimson Glory · Crimson R · Crimson T · Crimson E · Crimson A
Team Ninja Warriors Terra Scorcher Jr. · Dash-X5 Shadow Emperor
Team Heavy Metal Dash-X2 God Emperor · Dash-X3 Hurricane Emperor · Dash-X4 Devil Emperor
Amazon Horizons Sid Horizon · Buzz Horizon · Gal Horizon · Luke Horizon · Coco Horizon
from Black Mistral arc Aero-Solitude · Manta Ray Jr. · Black Mistral
Dark Dominion Night Seek · Night Seek Trigger · Night Seek Shield · Night Seek Rod · Night Seek Edge · Night Seek Saucer · Night Seek G · Over the Horizon · Dancing Bloom Doll · Beast Emperor · Big Burning Sun · Shooting Billion Star · Cannon Bad Ball
Others Daihatsu Kopen XMZ · Astralster · Abilista · Raikiri · Festa Jaune · Silwolf
Racing Mini 4WD series
Type-1 Hotshot Jr. · Hornet Jr. · The Fox Jr. · Boomerang Jr. · Bigwig Jr. · Falcon Jr. · Super Dragon Jr.* · Thunder Dragon Jr.* · Thunder Shot Jr. · Super Sabre Jr. · Fire Dragon Jr.* · Dash-1 Emperor* · Dash-2 Burning Sun
Type-2 Avante Jr. · Grasshopper II Jr. · Vanquish Jr. · Terra Scorcher Jr.
Type-3 Rising Bird · Dash-3 Shooting Star · Saint Dragon Jr.* · Dash-4 Cannonball* · Dash-5 Dancing Doll* · Winning Bird · Dash-01 Super Emperor* · Nissan Be-1
Type-4 Egress Jr.
Zero Dash-0 Horizon* · Avante 2001 Jr. · Astute Jr. · Manta Ray Jr. · Dash-001 Great Emperor* · Super Astute Jr. · Proto-Emperor ZX · Dyna Storm Jr. ·
FM Crimson Glory · Dash-02 Neo Burning Sun · Aero-Solitude
Type-5 Bear Hawk Jr. · Top-Force Jr. · Terra Conqueror Jr. · Dash-03 Super Shooting Star · Super Avante · Dash-CB1 Geo-Emperor*
Super TZ-X Mad Bull Jr. · Baja King Jr.
VS Dash-X1 Proto-Emperor* · Slash Reaper · Super Sabre Open Top · Top-Force Evolution Open Top · Daihatsu Kopen RMZ and XMZ · Daihatsu Kopen RMZ · Mini 4WD Lupine Racer · Mach-Bullet · Mini 4WD Koala Racer
Super-II Astute Open Top · Terra Conqueror Open Top · Racing Miku 2012 ver. drives Astute Special · Saber drives Super Sabre Special · Mikoto Misaka drives Thunder Shot Special · Daihatsu Kopen XMZ · Mini 4WD Shirokumakko · Mini 4WD Panda Racer · Mini 4WD Kumamon Version · Mini 4WD Merlion Edition - Singapore 50th Anniversary · Mini 4WD Dog Racer · Mini 4WD Hawk Racer · Mini 4WD Owl Racer · Mini 4WD Pig Racer · Mini 4WD Panda Racer 2 · Mini 4WD Cat Racer
Super XX Thunder Shot Open Top
VZ Neo-VQS · Dual Ridge Jr. · Toyota GR Yaris
* denotes Premium version available
Mini 4WD PRO series
MS Nitro Thunder · Nitro Force · Torcruiser · Veldaga · Rayvolf · Exflowly · TRF-Racer Jr. · Avante Mk.II · Manta Ray Mk.II · Avante X · Neo Falcon · Keen Hawk Jr. · Nitrage Jr. · Thunder Shot Mk.II · BisonMagnum · RodeoSonic · Savanna Leo · Hotshot Jr.* · Dash-1 Emperor* · Avante Mk.III · Dash-2 Burning Sun* · Tridagger XX · Dash-3 Shooting Star* · Spin-Axe Mk.II · Dash-01 Super Emperor* · Rising Edge · Slash Reaper Red Special · Astralster
MA Blast Arrow · Heat Edge · Festa Jaune · Tri Gale · Abilista · Raikiri · Shooting Proud Star · Spark Rouge · Rise-Emperor · Kumamon Mini 4WD - Supporting Kumamoto · God Burning Sun · Silwolf · Mini 4WD Shirokumakko GT · Mini 4WD Panda Racer GT · Mini 4WD Kumamon Version GT · DCR-01 · Hyundai Avante Sport · Cannon D Ball · Mad Laser · Mini 4WD Lupine Racer GT · Mini 4WD Dog Racer GT · Mini 4WD Hawk Racer GT · Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid · Mini 4WD Owl Racer GT · Dancing Divine Doll · DCR-02 · Hexagonite · Mini 4WD Pig Racer GT · Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT/Yaris WRC · Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC · Toyota GR Supra · Roborace DevBot 2.0 · Over the Horizon
Starter Pack Avante Mk.III Race-Ready Set · Mini 4WD Starter Pack MA Power Spec
* denotes Mini 4WD PRO chassis re-release of a Racing Mini 4WD car
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