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Remote Control Cars - Buyer's Guide to Electric Radio Controlled Cars and Nitro RC Cars

Remote control cars are very real and exciting. You have electric radio controlled models that have a lot of torque for quick acceleration and you have nitro rc cars that go 60+ miles per hour!


Tamiya Supra Remote Control Car

Remote Control Cars - Electric and Nitro Powered

Electric radio controlled cars are powered by stock 540 sized motors which propel the models to speeds up to 15 mph. But by adding modified motors, speeds may exceed 40 mph.


Mercedes SLK Electric RC Car

Nitro rc cars are powered by .12ci - .21ci engines capable of producing 1 - 2 horsepower. Coupled with a 2-speed automatic transmission, nitro rc cars are capable of speeds in excess of 60 mph.


Nitro RC Car. Photo credit: HPI Racing

It is recommended that beginners start with electric radio controlled cars. When you have mastered the speed then you can upgrade to the more complex and faster nitro rc cars.

RC Car Types

There are many types or categories to choose from. Most popular are the 1/10 scale electric remote control cars and the 1/10 scale nitro rc cars. But there are other types:

Scale Type Description
1/10 Electric On-Road Touring Usually 4 wheel drive with realistic car bodies and 540 electric motors
1/10 Nitro On-Road Touring Usually 4 wheel drive, 2-speed transmission with .12ci gas engines
1/8 Nitro On-Road The ultimate and fastest. Usually 4 wheel drive, 3-speed transmission with .21ci gas engines
1/24 Electric mini cars Mini rc cars, usually 2 wheel drive

More Information About Radio Controlled Cars

There are plenty of good websites full of information about radio controlled cars. One good resource is called RCCarTips, which has over 240 pages of information about electric and nitro powered rc cars and trucks. There is also a weekly newsletter full of tips and guide to buying remote control cars. RCCarTips also has plenty of reviews from popular manufacturers such as Associated, CEN, HPI, Kyosho, Losi, Tamiya, Traxxas and more.


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