Tamiya Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler (1977, 2001, 2010)

By | Jan 5, 2018

Originally introduced by Tamiya in 1977, the Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler was an unusual vehicle to be sure, both in model form and in real life.If you don’t want to mess with an original kit, Tamiya re-released the P34 kit around 2001 and it can still be found on ebay for not too much. Tamiya is also scheduled to re-release the P34 yet again in 2010 (more info below).

The box cover for the 2001 re-release is the usual high quality artwork, and illustrates the unusual front wheel layout of the P34. The use of four smaller front tires was employed to reduce the frontal area of the car and thereby reduce aerodynamic drag. The car was a successful racer in 1976-77, but difficulty in obtaining the custom sized front tires contributed to the cars departure from the racing scene shortly thereafter. The kit remains faithful to the original by including a detailed styrene plastic body.

One of the more unusual features of the 2001 kit was the inclusion of a shortened 1700mah 7.2v stick-pack battery. The smaller size was necessary to fit in the narrow chassis of the Tyrrell.

Ready to begin building the 2001 re-release.

Front suspension/steering components assembled. The wheel shafts are linked together so only one servo is need to steer all four wheels.

Main chassis components assembled.

Included sport-tuned motor installed along with rear axle shaft.

Front steering and suspension assembly mounted on chassis.

Completed rolling chassis. Front bumper, wheels and tires, differential and rear wing mount have been added.

Painted and decals applied!

Fast forward to 2010 and the Tamiya re-release committee is hard at work. This time, the Tyrrell P34 is re-issued yet again, but this time in the 1976 Japanese GP version:

This latest (2010) re-release is sporting the Japanese GP paint scheme and markings. The model is based on a special version of the Tamiya F103 chassis. The body is polycarbonate this time instead of hard plastic (ABS) as on the original 1977 and 2001 versions.

These two chassis views show similarities with the previous versions. Looks like it uses a standard 7.2v battery pack (instead of the special pack included with the 2001 re-release). The kit will not include an ESC.

More info on the 2010 re-release at tamiyausa.com.


Tamiya 1/10 R/C Tyrrell P34 F-1 Six Wheeler # 49154

Tamiya 1/10 R/C Tyrrell P34 F-1 Six Wheeler # 49154
Current price:
Ends in:
19d 4h 22m
Seller: eBay

TAMIYA 1/10 Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler 49154

TAMIYA 1/10 Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler 49154
Current price:
Ends in:
3d 15h 55m
Seller: eBay

Rare Item TAMIYA TYRRELL P34 unused Toy car From JAPAN F/S

Rare Item TAMIYA TYRRELL P34 unused Toy car From JAPAN F/S
Current price:
Ends in:
4d 10h 52m
Seller: eBay

Originally posted 2015-08-16 17:35:16.

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6 Comments so far
  1. laurence August 9, 2008 11:01 am

    i have the tyrrell p34 in kit form and have been trying to put it together without a manual. i cannot go back to the shop i got from because it’s in germany i’ve been looking at your pictures but they dont tell you to much from them probmel is i got a manual from the net but it’s different to the model i have. any tips as to where i might find the right manual. my model is the 1/10 scale with small ni-cd battery. thanks yours lars

  2. rcgrabbag August 9, 2008 12:41 pm

    Try tamiyaclub.com. They have an online manuals section for most Tamiya cars. If not, let me know and I can scan the one I have.

  3. laurence August 10, 2008 3:27 am

    Sorry to bother you again but the plan they have is some what different to the modal i have it also has different parts would you believe. like the battery box on there plan has 4 batterys. mine has one flat small battery. so yes it would be great if you could scan some of the pages you have of the setup front and back. thanks. yours lars

  4. rcgrabbag August 13, 2008 12:15 pm

    OK, I’ll do some scans and have them out to you tomorrow.

  5. Fernando January 11, 2009 7:48 am


  6. rcgrabbag January 11, 2009 11:42 am

    The Tamiyaclub website has the manual online here: http://tamiyaclub.com/manual.asp?id=174

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