Schumacher Racing Products
|Private Limited Company (Ltd.)|
Number of employees
Schumacher Racing Products (or just Schumacher) is a British manufacturer of radio-controlled cars and accessories with a primary focus on high end racing products.
- 1 History
- 2 Racing Success
- 3 Competition cars
- 4 Other Cars
- 5 Footnotes
- 6 References
- 7 Works cited
- 8 External links
The founder, Cecil Schumacher, was a Cosworth transmission engineer who was recruited from Borg Warner to lead the design team to adapt the Hobbs transmission (which he had worked on) to handle the Cosworth DFV's power. Cecil spotted his workmates driving radio-controlled cars on the company's helipad and decided it needed a ball differential after noticing the cars skittered as well as his son, Robin Schumacher. He soon started noticing large areas that these early primitive cars could be improved. Having noticed high tyre wear he introduced the ball differential to radio-controlled cars.
These ball differentials were used by Robin then his friends then local model shop requested to stock it and soon international orders followed. It came to the point that Cecil Schumacher was making more money from this side business than through his employer. So in 1981 Schumacher Racing Products was formed in Northampton, England.
The company has always operated out of Northampton but sourced some components from China like most other successful RC companies; however, the majority of manufacturing remains in England and Schumacher remains very much an English company. Cecil Schumacher's son Robin Schumacher took over the business in 2001.
The first car to be produced by Schumacher was the XL lexan chassis pan car in 1981 which had intentionally highly flexible chassis. This was followed in 1983 by the "C" car which was made out of fibreglass reinforced epoxy resin sheet and designed specifically for racing on carpet. It included many features that are still around on every modern 1/12-scale car; race wins include the euros in 1985 and 1988.
In the latter half of the 1980s, off-road RC cars increased in popularity. In 1986 the first 4WD 1/10-scale off-road buggy was launched, called the SWB CAT. This launched the CAT (Competition All Terrain) brand. The car was an instant success with Masami Hirosaka taking the 1987 IFMAR World Championships who was lent a works car having noted his driving form during practice sessions.
Following the success of the first generation of off-road CATs, Schumacher continued to produce many successful off and on-road electric cars. The popularity of the touring car class seriously affected the off-road world during the 1990s. Schumacher stepped down the development of this class through the 1990s. Schumacher was then starting to dominate a niche in the "fun" car sector, with high-power/speed nitro-powered models capable of real speeds in excess of 80 mph.
Over the turn of this century the Schumacher product line-up became quite familiar with the "fun" cars with increasing number of nitro products; however it remained in the 1/10 competition touring cars market.
The flood of cheap high-volume low-margin ready to run cars produced in Asia meant the company no longer produce a nitro car or fun car. Schumacher now concentrate on the high level 1/10-scale electrical competitive market. Alongside their Mi touring car range the company re-entered the off-road scene with the CAT SX (4WD) and Cougar SV (2WD).
|1987||IFMAR 4WD Offroad World Championship||Masami Hirosaka (JPN)||CAT XL||HPI Motor, Sanyo Batteries, KO Speed Control|
|1993||IFMAR 4WD Offroad World Championship||Ben Sturnham (GBR)||CAT 2000||Speedo - Nosram, Motor - Tanaplan, Batteries - Orion|
|1993||IFMAR 4WD Offroad World Championship||William Mitcham (GBR)||CAT 2000|
National Manufacturer Series
Great Britain See Schumacher BTCC
1/10-scale 4WD off-road buggies
|Date||Name||Kit and launch RRP No.||Details|
|Dec 2015 – present||CAT K2||K159 Kit
|Dec 2013 – 2015||CAT K1 Aero||K147 Kit
|Dec 2012 – 2013||CAT K1||K135 Pro K1 Kit
K136 Pro K1 Assembled
|June 2011 - 2012||CAT SX3||K119 Pro C/F Kit
K120 Pro C/F Assembled
K121 S1 Kit
K122 S1 Assembled
|Launched at January 2011 Nurnberg Toy Fair it is an update of the SX2|
|Jan 2009 – 2011||CAT SX2||K101 - Pro C/F Kit
K102 - Pro CF Assembled
K103 - S1 Kit
K104 - S1 Assembled
|Jan 2008 - 2009||CAT SX||K078 (4-2) NI-MH Kit
K079 Stick LiPo Kit
K091 LiPo Phil Booth Signature
K092 LiPo S1 Composite Assembled
|Launched at January 2008 Nurnberg Toy Fair|
|Never (2005)||CAT 4000||This car never went into production but prototype was seen at several BRCA National and Regional events in early 2005|
|2002 – 2004||CAT 3000 Evo||KO19X|
|1997||CAT 2000SE||U408M||Update of the 2000 based on spec of Jukka Steenari's 1996 Euro Champ car|
|1997||CAT 2000EC||U498Y||CAT 2000 with new shell, sus. geometry and laydown shocks|
|1995||CAT 2000ECS||U401F||Cheaper version of the EC (no slipper etc.)|
|1993 Oct||CAT 2000||U460M|
|1993 (March)||Bosscat Works||U455H|
2017 March - Present
|CAT XLS||T403||Saddle Pack|
|1987||CAT XL 4wd||T401||Stick Pack
Longer wheelbase and bodied version of the T400
|1986||SWB CAT||T400||First 1/10-scale off-road racing buggy|
1/10-scale 2WD off-road buggies
|Feb 2017 – Present||Cougar KC||K170 Kit||Evolution of the KF2 design for carpet and Astro|
|Jan 2017 – Present||Cougar KD||K170 Kit||Evolution of the KF2 design for Dirt|
|Jan 2015 – present||Cougar KF2||K155 Kit
|Evolution of the KF|
|Nov 2013 – 2015||Cougar KF||K143 Kit
|Mid-motored belt drive using a lot of CAT K1 ideas for high grip such as astro turf|
|Sept 2013 – present||Cougar KR||K139 Kit
|Rear motored for dirt|
|2012 April - Nov 2013||Cougar SVR||K133 Kit
|Developed from the Cougar SV but for dirt and low traction surfaces.|
|2012 – present||Cougar SV2||K123 Kit
|Launched at the Nurnberg Toy Fair in Feb 2012|
|2010–2012||Cougar SV||K111 Pro CF - Kit
K112 Pro CF - Assembled
K113 Race S1 - Kit
K114 Race S1 - Assembled
|There was a "2011 Spec" edition that had some upgrades.|
|2002||Fireblade EVO mk.2||KO15T||Chassis mods for strength, new frt & rear towers, larger rr whl bearings|
|1999||Fireblade EVO mk.1||KO15T||Evolution of Cougar 2000 series|
|1998||Fireblade USA||U424G||Upright shock angles (equal frt & rr), 7 cell slots, new motor position|
|1995||Club10 Mk 2 Cougar||U441T|
|1995||Cougar '95 Team||U499Z|
|1995||Cougar 2000 '95 spec||U474A||Also known as "XPC" spec with narrow chassis, SACs|
|1994||Cougar 2000 '94 spec||U457J||As per 1993 car, but now with Co-Axial driveshafts & diff to match|
|1993||Cougar 2000||U457J||Double deck composite chassis, geared drivetrain|
|1992||Cougar 2 Works||U452E
|1992||Cougar Club 10||U441T||"Sport" version of Cougar. 540 motor + MSC|
|1991||Cougar 2 Team||U431J||Roller d/shafts, fully ballraced inc. steering|
|1991||Cougar 2 Racing||U430I||Slipper, 10 sealed ballraces, full spring set|
|1991||Cougar 2 Sport||U429H||Hybrid 23 mm diff, varishocks but no slipper and not fully ballraced|
|1988||Topcat||U404J||F1 style lay down suspension|
|1987||CAT XL 2wd||T402|
1/10 4WD electric touring car
|Date||Name||Kit and launch RRP||Details|
|June 2014 – present||Mi5Evo||K148 - Pro C/F Kit
K150 - Pro C/F Assembled
|2013–present||Mi1v2||K151 - Kit
K152 - Assembled
|Update of Mi1|
|May 2013 - 2014||Mi5||K137 - Pro C/F Kit
K138 - Pro C/F Assembled
|Jan 2012 - 2013||Mi4CXL||K127 - Pro C/F Kit
K128 - Pro C/F Assembled
|2011 - 2012||Mi4CX||K117 - Pro C/F Kit
K118 - Pro C/F Assembled
|Late 2010 - 2013||Mi1||K115 Kit
|Mi4LP ||K107 - Mi4LP Pro CF Kit
K109 - Mi4LP Pro CF Assembled
K108 - Mi4LP Race S1 Kit
K110 - Mi4LP Race S1 Assembled
|Mi4 ||k094 Pro-CF - Assembled
k093 Pro-CF - Kit
|Aug 2008||Mi3.5||K082 - Race-S1
K081 - Pro-CF - Trg 5 Cell
K080 - Pro-CF - Trg 6 cell
|May 2007||Mi3 ||K073 Mi-3 Pro|
|2005–2008||Mi2 EC ||K058 - Touring
K059 - USA Foam Spec
|2004||Mi2 ||K046 Mi-2 S1
|2003||Mission||Mission S1 K026
Mission Carbon K?
|1999 - 2001||SST 99 Pro
||SST Sport Lancer EVO 6
SST Sport Volvo S40
SST Subaru WRC
|SST Axis 2|
|Cat 2000 Touring||Escort Cosworth
Alfa Romeo 155
|1995||Bosscat Touring||U473Z - Escort Cosworth
U483J - Alfa Romeo 155
U484K - Opel Calibra
U485L - Mercedes C-Class
U486M - Ford Mondeo
|Wildcat Touring||Escort Cosworth
Alfa Romeo 155
|1981||XL Lexan Pan Car||Schumacher First Complete Car with the flexible lexan chassis|
|1983 - 1988||C-Car||C200
C204 Euro Spec
|1984 - 198?||B-Car||Simpler version of the C Car for club racing|
|1988 - 1990 ||C-Car SPC||C204||FRP chassis to replace the flexible lexan|
1/12 GT12 circuit and 1/12 oval
|Date||Name||Kit and launch||Details|
|2012 April – 2014||SupaStox||K131 - Four-cell NiMh/1S Lipo
K132 - 6 cell NiMh/2S Saddle
K141 - 1S with Hotrod Oval Body
K142 - 2S with Saloonstox body
|2014 Nov||SupaStox GT||K154 - S1/Diff
K157 - C/F
|2016 Jan||SupaStox ATOM||K163 - Sport with fixed rear axle with no diff,
no side dampers, old style SupaStox rear wheels
K164 - Pro with C/F Pro diff, side dampers,
left rear wheel clamp, new Atom GT12 wheels
|2010||1/10th||Nitro||4WD||Fun Touring Car||Fusion 28 Turbo||K106 - Red/Silver - RTR
K105 - Blue/Silver - RTR
|2008||1/8th||Electric||4WD||Touring Car||Menace GTRe||Based on the Nitro car but with a three-speed gearbox and disc brake|
|2005 ||1/8th||Nitro||4WD||Touring Car||Menace GTR|
|2004||1/10th||Nitro||4WD||Fun Touring Car||Fusion R12||K037
R12 Team Spec
|The Fusion R12 is developed from the SST Mission electric car|
|2002||1/10th||Nitro||4WD||Fun Touring Car||Fusion 21||K028 + BMW 3 Touring Body
K029 + Subaru Rally Body
K030 + F155 Truck Body
K033 RTR + BMW 3 Touring Body
K034 RTR + Subaru Rally Body
K035 RTR + F155 Truck Body
K050 + Skyline Body
K051 RTR + Skyline Body
|2000s||1/6 th||Electric||2WD||Track Car||Big 6 Lotus Elise Sport||S996|
|2000s||1/6 th||Nitro||2WD||Track Car||Big 6 Lotus Elise Sport||S1020|
|1995||1/10th||Electric||2wd||Touring Car||Club10 mk.2||U439R - Cosworth Touring
U475B - Alfa Romeo 155 Touring
U476C - Opel Calibra Touring
U477D - Mercedes C-Class
U478E - Ford Mondeo Touring
|1995||1/10th||Electric||2wd||Touring Car||911 turbo SE||Based on the Cougar mk1|
|1990s and 2000s||N/A||Electric||2WD||Fun Car||WILDCAT|
|1990s||1/10th||Electric||4WD||Rallycross||RS 4x4||Based on the Procat|
|1995||1/10th||Electric||2WD||Offroad Truck||Club 10 mk.2 Storm truck||U443V||Cougar Mk2 based|
|1991||1/10th||Electric||2WD||Offroad Truck||Shotgun truck||U419X||Cougar based|
|1/10th||Nitro||4WD||Fun Touring Car||Fusion 28||K077 Skyline; Red/Silver - RTR
K083 ARR - No Body
K084 No Body - RTR
K075 Skyline; Blue-Silver - RTR
|1/10th||Nitro||2WD||Truck||Nitro 10||190 Evaluation
|Based on the Club 10|
|1/16th||Nitro||2WD||Micro Truck||Rascal 2|
|Nitro||Nitro 21 XT-R 3E|
|Nitro||Offroad Buggy||Storm 2000|
|Nitro||Offroad Buggy||Nitro 10 Panther|
|Nitro||Offroad Monster Truck||Nitro 10 Racing Truck|
|Nitro||Offroad Monster Truck||Menace|
|1/8th||Nitro||4WD||Offroad Buggy||Swift 2|
|1/8th||Twin Nitro||4WD||Monster Truck||Manic|
|1/10th||Electric||2WD||Touring Car||Alfa Romeo 155||U492S - Alfa Romeo 155 Touring||Wildcat Chassis|
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