The Kyosho Mini-Z's are a range of small, electric radio-controlled cars -- theoretically, they are 1/24 scale -- in other words, they're a little over 10 centimetres long and easily fit in the palm of your hand. What distinguishes them from other small radio controlled cars are:

  • It comes with a wheel radio, while most other RC cars of this type come with a stick radio. The radio, in fact, dwarfs the car.
  • It has proportional steering and throttle, in other words, if you turn the wheel a little, the wheels turn a little; similarly for the throttle.
  • They are amazingly fast.
  • Spare parts are readily available if you break one.
  • Hop-up parts, such as motors, one-way differentials are available.
  • They can be pulled apart and fixed, or serviced.
  • They are expensive: the cheapest one you're likely to find is probably over US$100.
  • They are really fun to drive.
  • There are racetracks and clubs popping up all over the place.

There are two main variants: street and F1. The street ones are modelled after street cars, like the Ferrari F355, the Mazda RX-7, etc; but there are some surprise ones, like Speed-Racer Mach 5. The F1's are modelled after, obviously enough Formula 1 cars.