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1987 Tyco Turbo Outlaw

tyco logo very small19872404-279.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 22km/h

4.2 out of 5
Wild looking and wild driving, coming in a box twice the size of any other. Seriously cool.
out of 5
Review CommentWild looking and wild driving, coming in a box twice the size of any other. Seriously cool.

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ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14NoneSingaporeMabuchi RE-280
UnknownAll Shocks2-SpeedRed(49Mhz), Yellow(27Mhz)


The Tyco Turbo Outlaw is a 1/14 scale radio controlled car manufactured by Taiyo (Japan) and released onto US, UK, and global markets in 1987.

It is the Tyco version of the original 1987 Taiyo Outlaw Sprinter.  A mini version was also released, the 1988 Taiyo Mini Outlaw.


For those unfamiliar, Sprint cars are custom built 6.7L 900 horsepower V8 race cars popular in America, Canada, and Australia, which race around an oval dirt track. Sprint cars have been common stepping stones for famous Formula One, Indy 500 and Nascar racers such as Mario Andretti, Al Unser Jr, Al Unser Snr, Johnny Parsons, and many others.


The Outlaw Turbo looks exactly how you’d expect a radio controlled Sprint Car to look, with the features to match.

  • Realistic Sprint Car Detail
  • 9.6V 8xAA battery power
  • Top speed of 22km/h
  • Front and rear shock absorbers
  • Rear wide off-road tires
  • Front street-style tires

Tire Changes

In catalog and promotional photos (such as below) the Turbo Outlaw is shown with Turbo Hopper / Jet Hopper style front tires, and extra fat rear tires. While we love the look of those fat rear tires, we much prefer the front tires it eventually shipped with which are unique to the Outlaw.


The Turbo Outlaw is essentially a Turbo Hopper MK3 at its core, with considerable modifications to allow for the large Sprint Car body.

Nevertheless, it’s still that peppy 9.6V Turbo Mabuchi 280 driven blast that you’d expect, with a slight reduction in speed due to the extra weight of the Sprint Car chassis.


The Turbo Outlaw has increased in popularity over the last few years, potentially as a result of photos being shared (as seen here) of a truly great looking Outlaw which had some minor touchups to enhance its detail.

Keep in mind there are two versions. This, the original 1987 version which uses 8xAA batteries, and the 1988 version that comes with a 9.6V battery pack. The battery pack version may be more popular as it’s less common and many people think it’s faster due to the 9.6V Turbo pack, but in fact the opposite is true. This is because the battery version allows inserting fresh Alkaline 1.5v batteries (8×1.5V) which provide a full 12 Volts, considerably more than the 9.6V obtained from the rechargeable battery pack.

In any case, this is one really nice car, becoming rarer by the day.

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    This average price is based on 48 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    05 Dec 2023$120.99UsedBuyVintage tyco turbo outlaw rc car with remote sprint race car yellow
    05 Dec 2023$69.99UsedBuyVintage  tyco turbo outlaw rc car #9 with extras *as-is untested*
    02 Dec 2023$14.99UsedBuyTyco 9.6v turbo outlaw r/c car owners manual hubs
    28 Nov 2023$63.05Parts OnlyBuyTaiyo outlaw sprinter rc tyco bandit turbo hopper vintage
    14 Nov 2023$109.99UsedBuyTyco turbo outlaw rc electric 1989 rare race car with remote control
    13 Nov 2023$64.99UsedBuyVintage  tyco turbo outlaw rc car #9 no remote,untested
    12 Nov 2023$35UsedBuyTyco turbo outlaw rc electric vintage rare race car with remote - used
    04 Nov 2023$130UsedBuyTyco r/c radio control turbo outlaw 7 sprint car
    26 Oct 2023$299.99UsedBuyTaiyo tyco turbo outlaw rc electric 1989 rare runs tested race car with remote
    20 Oct 2023$5UsedBuyB tyco turbo outlaw rc sprint car battery cover & steering wheel
    Prices in USD. NIB = New In box, MIB = Mint in Box, EC = Excellent Condition, VGC = Very Good Condition, GC+ = Good condition plus, GC = Good condition, PC = Poor Condition. With Controller = Car with controller. With Box = Box, Car, and Controller. We make all efforts to ensure data is accurate, but cannot guarantee it is.


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