Nitro Thunder
No. 18601 (Finished model/Blue)
18603 (Finished model/Yellow)
18605 (Finished model/Black)
18607 (Standard kit)
Series Mini 4WD PRO
Chassis(s) MS Chassis
First Released November 2005

Nitro Thunder (Japanese: ナイトロサンダー, Naitoro Sandā) is the first Mini 4WD PRO car released by Tamiya in November 2005. It is the scale-down version of the 1/10 glow-engine R/C buggy of the same name made by the same company.

It is also the first to introduce the midship MS Chassis and the use of double-shaft motor.

General info

The Nitro Thunder featuring the blue traditional racing-buggy-style bodyshell, with large rear spoiler attached to it. It is mainly in blue, with the flame-like decals as well as Tamiya decal on it.

Unlike its R/C counterpart, it doesn't have the engine and exhaust port props. It also sports the different spoiler design.

It was equipped with the red, large diameter 3-spoke MS-type I wheels paired with the black Avante-type slick tires. The nose, center and tail parts were molded in black, while the A parts were molded in light gray. The car use N-01 and T-01 units for its chassis, and is equipped with the light gray 16 mm lightweight plastic rollers.

About the 1/10 Glow-Engine R/C Buggy Nitro Thunder

Tamiya Nitro series glow-engine buggies PV

Tamiya Nitro series glow-engine buggies PV

Tamiya Nitro series R/C buggies promotional video

Released in 2004, the Nitro Thunder is one of the Nitro series glow-engine-powered R/C buggies released by Tamiya.

The NDF-01 chassis's lower deck is made using the shock-resistant resin with the built-in aluminum engine mount. Like most R/C buggies, it use the shaft-driven 4WD system with the extended universal shafts and the gearboxes are fully sealed. It was equipped with the large-size ball bearings to handle the large power the glow-engine-powered buggy has.

It was supported by the 4-wheel, fully-adjustable double wishbone suspension system with the CVA dampers. To prevent the front long suspension arms from being damaged, the front suspensions has the Frontal Impact Control System (FICS for short) which absorbs impact via the expandable suspension mount.

Powering the car is the 2.5cc FR-15S glow engine that use the slide caliburator that is fully adjustable. The engine also has the disc-brake-based braking system, which offer better control for braking at top speed. The buggy also has the compact, yet large capacity fuel tank that can fill up to 75cc of fuel. Due to its polycarbonate bodyshell, it is possible to refills the buggy without detaching the bodyshell first. The exhaust pipe was routed to the rear of the buggy.

Unlike the other Nitro series R/C buggy, it is only available in fully assembled form packaged with the R/C system.

Technical info

Length: 154 mm

Width: 92 mm

Height: 49 mm

Chassis: MS Chassis

Gear Set(s): 4:1




  • Despite being the Mini 4WD version of the Nitro Thunder glow-engine R/C buggy, it doesn't bears the Jr. (Junior) moniker. This is also true for its sister car Nitro Force.

See also

External links

Tamiya Japan

Tamiya America

R/C buggy the Mini 4WD car is based on

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 TKC Version · 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 · 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