The Max Breaker (マックスブレイカー) is an Aero Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya in 1998. It is the first MIni 4WD car in the line-up. The TRF version of the car was also released in 1999.
Both the Max Breaker and the Max Breaker TRF features a mostly flat, low-drag, front open-wheel body design.
The original Max Breaker featured a large flat spoiler with tiny winglets that was attached on the rear of the bodyshell. The straight-and-curve decal pattern on the front and the flame-like decal pattern on the rear can be seen on the bodyshell.
It is mainly in white, with blue highlights and red trims on it. It has the black cockpit.
It is equipped with the small-diameter 3-spoke X wide-type wheels with flat parallel tires. The original Max Breaker comes with the red wheels and black tires, while the Black Special comes with the black wheels and red tires.
Max Breaker TRF
The TRF version includes holes in certain parts of the body shell, including the cockpit, similar to those used in Fighter Magnum VFX and Cyclone/Beat Magnum TRF.
Unlike the Max Breaker, the TRF has the V-shaped spoiler. Part of the front headlight parts was also removed. It is mainly in white, with blue and red highlights.
It is equipped with the large-diameter 5-spoke TRF-type wheels with Avante-type slick tires. The original Max Breaker TRF comes with the yellow wheels and black tires, while the CX09 Black Special comes with the black wheels and white tires.
In the manga and anime
In the original manga, the Max Breaker started out without decals and lacked airducts on the front cowl. In the anime adaptation, however, it already has the decals and special airducts on it.
In both media, the Max Breaker, codenamed Z-2, was developed by Masamune Ichimonji along with the other Z Number cars. It was given to his eldest son Gouki, who keeps it even after being kicked out of the Borzoi School due to want to race fairly rather than engage in battle racing.
In the manga, Gouki had tuned the original Max Breaker to the point it was losing balance, as it lost to Beat-Magnum TRF in a race inside Dr. Tsuchiya's underground lab. With help from Dr. Tsuchiya, the car was redeveloped to fix these issues, with the decals and airducts added.
In the anime, the Max Breaker has the special technique known as 'Max Storm', in which the car creates an aero barrier to give the car a boost in speed and acceleration. However, it cannot be used during cornering as higher speed is required to create the aero barrier.
The Max Breaker was eventually replaced by the Blazing-Max, but the situations in the manga and anime are different; In the manga, shortly after the Ichimonji brothers' cars lost to Ryo Takaba's Rising-Trigger, Gouki immediately upgraded the car to Blazing-Max, while in the anime, however, the Max Breaker was destroyed by Marina Ogami's Phoenix Stinger under her father's order, forcing Gouki's father, Masamune to develop the Blazing-Max.
Length: 156 mm (Normal/TRF/CX09), 153 mm (XX-13/Black Special)
Width: 92 mm (Normal/TRF/CX09), 98 mm (XX-13/Black Special)
Height: 39 mm (Normal/Black Special)
Chassis: Super X Chassis, Super XX Chassis
Gear Set(s): 4:1 and 3.5:1 (Normal/Black Special), 4:1 (TRF/CX90/XX-13)
- Max Breaker on Tamiya official website
- Max Breaker TRF on Tamiya official website
- Max Breaker CX09 Black Special on Tamiya official website
- Max Breaker XX-13 Violet Special on Bunka official website (Japanese)
- Max Breaker Black Special on Tamiya official website
|Aero Mini 4WD series|
|Super X||Max Breaker Z-2* · Shadow Breaker Z-3* · Phantom-Blade* · Knuckle Breaker Z-1* · Storm-Cruiser · Rising-Trigger* · Max Breaker TRF*|
|VS||Blazing-Max · Desert-Golem · Lightning-Magnum · Blitzer-Sonic|
|* denotes Super XX Chassis version available|