When it comes to outdoor hobbies, few compare to the exhilaration of racing gas RC cars or their electric counterparts. Due to the fact that there are so many varieties of remote controlled vehicles on the market, a novice can be completely overwhelmed when they go to purchase their first one. This post should help to minimize some of that confusion and even help to pick the RC car that is right for you.
Remote control cars can be raced on the street, in a backyard or in the park. Building a track for a remote control truck is half the fun; try taking your RC cars out for a drive on a wild, bumpy course. RC cars are popular to adults and children as well since they are fairly easy to control and quite challenging for entertainment purposes. These cars are a progressively fashionable pastime specifically for both gas RC cars and trucks and electric RC cars. Radio controlled cars use a common set of components for their control and operation. All cars require a transmitter, which has the joysticks for control, or in pistol grip form, a trigger for throttle and a wheel for turning, and a receiver which sits inside the car. Remote control cars vary greatly in their sturdiness, and some of them may not be sturdy enough for the rough and tumble set. Electric powered RC vehicles require a 2-channel radio, motors, speed control and battery; while the gas powered vehicles require a radio, engine, fuel and muffler. A speed controller is very important to remote control cars; no matter they are simple or complex structures. Gas RC cars are completely air cooled, and may be run continuously with no need to take breaks for cooling down. The gas powered RC cars tend to be larger than electric cars on average, because affordable high-performance electronics are generally, only available in 1:10 scale or smaller. Gas powered remote control cars are very powerful and fast and offer a realistic driving experience with advanced features. Electric remote control cars are easier for beginners to drive but they too are responsive and quick. Nitro fuel may contain castor oil, synthetic oil, or a mixture of both. When castor oil breaks down at high temperatures it creates a lubricating film -- desirable but somewhat messy. Electric power is often the chosen form of power for remote control aircraft, boats and of course, cars. Electrically powered RC cars aren't for wimps anymore; due to great improvements. Today's models are fast, powerful -- and quiet. Electric vehicles are usually slightly faster around the track because battery and motor power is more easily controllable, but the advantage is negligible. Larger nitro-- powered vehicles such as the k-scale on-road cars are amazingly fast and can run up to 1 hour. Electric cars are powered by an electric motor and electrical batteries. Generally the gas powered RC cars require a bit more maintenance compared to the electric cars, and therefore the electric are preferred by first timers in the hobby. Electric ready to run (RTR) cars and trucks usually require a charger and battery to operate and they are not included with purchase. The only time you choose electric is if you're in the market for an electric go kart!!
Whichever remote control car you decide to start out with you are sure to find one that fits your needs. Whether you’re looking for something with a lot of power, something that is quiet or a vehicle that you can let everyone know you own with the sound from its exhaust you will find exactly what you want in a RC hobby!