The Taiyo Mini Cyclone 6×6 is a six wheel radio control car released in Japan in 1993.
A 1/18th scale version of the larger Taiyo Cyclone 6×6, which was also known as the Tyco Scorcher in the USA. It retains the “pop up” functionality of the larger version, and like all Cyclone/Scorcher RCs, only the first 4 wheels are driven, with the front two wheels free wheeling.
Looking for a clean Scorcher?
It’s easy to see just how popular the western version of the Cyclone was, with the Scorcher 6×6 (full size and mini) widely available on eBay, but 99% of them show heavy signs of wear, scratched and battered, with pieces broken off, they were well loved and played with, which is great to see. Unless you’re a collector looking for a good clean example!
So if you’re looking for a decent Scorcher, drop the name and consider a Cyclone instead. Almost all of the Japanese ones are in far better condition than any Scorcher, and if you know where to look, they are relatively easy to find.
Despite a meager 4xAA power, they remain highly lively and fun to play with, driving similarly to a tank or a Rebound 4×4.
6×6 or 4×6?
It is easy to get confused, with various Taiyo and Tyco Cyclone/Scorcher models named either 6×6 or 4×6 (or both) despite being functionally identical.
The 6×6 and 4×6 designation seems completely meaningless to us, these models are identical. This leads us to believe it’s a result of legal issues with naming the car 6×6 when only 4 wheels are actively driven. So consider this your opportunity to snap up a Scorcher or Cyclone cheap, knowing that the 4×6 version is just the same – and likely a little rarer.
One way you can get caught out however, is the 6.0V Jet Turbo versions of the Scorcher, whether named 4×6 or 6×6, are in fact Mini Scorcher / Mini Cyclone sized vehicles, as per our example below.