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12th November 2023
If you’re looking for the perfect nostalgic gift from the 80s and 90s, a vintage Tyco Mini Hopper is my pick! They’re great collectors items and are still fairly affordable.


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1988 Tyco Super Turbo F1

tyco logo very small198825229.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 27km/h

value75 150
3.5 out of 5
Decent 9.6v RC Indycars, though without a connection to real sponsored cars they lose some of the magic.
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Review CommentDecent 9.6v RC Indycars, though without a connection to real sponsored cars they lose some of the magic.


ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14RearSingaporeMabuchi RC280
UnknownAll Shocks2-SpeedBlack/Gold(27Mhz),Red(49Mhz)


The Tyco Super Turbo F-1 is a 1/14 scale radio controlled car manufactured by Taiyo Japan, and released into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1988.

2522 49 Tyco Super Turbo F 1 Car Top
Tyco Super Turbo F-1


In the late 80s Tyco would produce several racing car designs based upon real cars, such as the Indy Turbo Miller, Indy Turbo Dominos, and Indy Turbo Kraco, among the legendary Twin Turbo Valvoline F1 and Marlboro Indy Twin Turbo, among many others.

However these Formula One cars don’t appear to be based on any particular car, though they do carry some branding such as Goodyear Tires and Diehard batteries. It also seems as if they were designed to mimic real life sponsored Formula 1 cars, but for whatever reason the deal fell through.

2522 49 Tyco Super Turbo F 1 Rear Shocks
Tyco Super Turbo F1 Rear Shocks

2522 49 Tyco Super Turbo F1 Car Bottom
Undercarriage with 8xAA battery tray

Features and Performance

The Tyco Super Turbo F-1 series comes in two models, the Gold/Black 27Mhz and the Red 49Mhz both pictured below. With lightweight bodies, 9.6v power provided by 8xAA batteries, and slick rubber tires, I’d expect these to handle really well and be plenty of fun indoors on a very smooth surface.

2522 27 Tyco Super Turbo F 1 Box Front
27Mhz Gold/Black version

2522 49 Tyco Super Turbo F 1 Box Front
49Mhz Red version


The Tyco Super Turbo F-1 models are oddities in the Tyco range, without any major sponsors or branding to match real cars, they lose a little of their impact.

Still, on a technical level they’re well made, quick , and fun to drive. I certainly wouldn’t say no to having one in my collection.


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