The same bouncy zero-damping 'shocks' feature on the Buggy Champ as they do throughout the rest of the TamTech range. As mentioned on the Mini Frog review, the shocks just about make the included 370 sized motor enjoyable in a small area - don't believe manufacturer blurb or hype, it's damn slow and handles terribly! (hehe) If racing around the house is your idea of fun, the standard car is perfect though- and that's just how I tested it! Despite - or because of the shocks and motor maybe, the car was great fun to drive and had a better 'feel' from the front end than the GB01-based mini frog. Unlike the Tamiya Frog I'd tested a while ago, the Buggy Champ just felt more enjoyable to drive - I'd put this down to an in-built safe understeer, so rather than fighting the little car to keep control you could push it hard.
I set up a jump in the living room and treated Vicky to hours of entertaining thuds and knocks as she listened to me smacking the little car off everything in sight. The drivers headlights on the roof and front suspension can take some serious knocks - the front suspension lights will rotate backwards to absorb impacts and remain intact. The roof lights simply flex in the mounting a little, but will eventually fall off if hit hard enough - pushing back into the roof is no problem.
The only damage I really had was one of the rear shock shafts bending quite badly - enough to stop the shock moving. Since these things aren't exactly top-flight race equipment it was no big deal to bend the shaft back - it didn't affect 'performance' (what??) at all.
Fun as the standard car is in a confined space, there's only so much low-speed action I could take before the desire to race this little beast began to run through my blood. So..... I set about building the car with a few choice upgrades to see if it would keep with the big boys at a round of the UK Micro National series - or fall flat on its face and embarass myself in the process.