Dash-4 Cannonball (ダッシュ4号・弾丸(キャノンボール)) is a Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya in 1990. The Premium version with Super-II Chassis was also released as limited edition model.
It is featured in Dash! Yonkuro as Koji 'Punkuro' Jimi's primary machine.
The Cannonball featured a leaf-green bodyshell that has the long-nose body style similar to western sports cars. There is also a pair of headlights on the front while on the rear is a spoiler with four tail pipes underneath it.
As usual for a Dash machine car, it has the CoroCoro Dragon stickers.
The original model was equipped with mid-diameter hole-type wheels paired with high-profile slick tires (Which is originally a Grade-Up Part), making it the first car to have such accessory by default.
The Premium version has the large-diameter, 6-spoke wheels paired with slick tires. Both the Chassis and the wheels were modeled in gun metal color.
In the manga and anime
In Dash! Yonkuro, it replaces the Falcon Jr. as Punkuro's primary machine throughout the original series. The Cannonball has higher acceleration performance compared to the others.
The car also has a special device known as the Condenser Circuit (コンデンサー回路) which, when in use, sends large amounts of electricity to the motor, causing an immediate, massive increase in acceleration performance. However, it was also a major weakness: since the Condenser Circuit sends massive amounts of electricity to the motor, the motor will break or explode after use, completely breaking the car in the process. Punkuro would only use it when he is prepared for such an event.
Punkuro later gave the Condenser Circuit to Dankuro for his Neo Burning Sun before the final race at the start of the National Mini 4WD Championship.
Length: 127 mm (normal), 151 mm (Premium)
Width: 86 mm (normal), 97 mm (Premium)
Height: 53 mm (normal)
Chassis: Type-3 Chassis, Super-II Chassis
Gear set(s): 5:1 and 6.4:1 (Type-3 Chassis variant only), 4.2:1 (Premium)
- The Dash-4 Cannonball's design is based on the 3rd-generation Chevrolet Corvette sports car.
- As shown in Dear Zaurus Tokuda, Tokuda liked sports cars and owns models of them which inspired the Dash-4 Cannonball.
- During the serialization of Dash! Yonkuro on CoroCoro Comic magazine, the Cannonball, along with Dash-5 Dancing Doll, weren't offcially named and their design wasn't finalized when they debuted. Those were corrected in the tankoubon version of the manga.
- Dash-4 Cannonball on Tamiya official website (Japanese)
- Dash-4 Cannonball Premium on Tamiya official website