Whether you are already familiar with the world of RC cars, or are just getting acquainted with this hobby, you will find this guide useful in your search for the optimal RC car.
Many factors should be taken into account when choosing the right RC car. Apart from the obvious information that includes age, size, level of expertise of the users; other factors are equally relevant, such as budget, car maintenance or place of residence.
Why should I read this Guide?
Even if you are a seasoned hobbyist, you will realize that keeping up with the latest developments in the world of RC cars can be really challenging. For one thing, year after year, and thanks to technological development, manufacturers come up with innovative models or newer alternatives of the already existing RC models. Besides, it is always wise to learn from other people’s experience, so let’s take a look at the facts.
The first question you should ask yourself concerns the use you are planning to give your RC car. Are you an amateur hobbyist who just wishes to bash in your yard? Or else, are you an experienced collector who wants to upgrade or wishes to take part in the many competitions taking place all over the nation?
Once you have determined the type of use you are planning to give your RC car, you are able to begin your search. You will be looking for any of these types of cars, so it is best to know what each model is about.
Electric Cars: These models are battery-operated and are ideal for beginners mainly because they are easier to manage and much easier to keep and clean than other types. Besides, they are more affordable in the long run.
Nitro Cars: These models are fuel-operated and the type of fuel they use is a combination of methanol, oil and other components. If you enjoy the feeling of a humming engine, this type of RC car is for you. However, you should know that even when performance is optimal, nitro cars are much more demanding to keep, both maintenance and budget-wise.
A question of Size
Another important detail you should consider is scale. This is, how big do you want to go? Since the principle of scaling is essential for you to make your pick, let us explain how this principle goes. Numbers range from 1/27 to 1/5: the smaller the number, the larger the car. For beginners, 1/8 and 1/10 cars are the most popular. 1/5 4-wheeled cars, for instance are for more professional hobbyists who can handle the extra weight and who have the expertise to manage this type of model. It must be noted that these cars do not run on nitro, but on real gas, which makes tuning more simple. Similarly, electric RC cars that are too small may also be difficult to maneuver and have less operational time.
On-road or Off-road?
This is a very important choice to make, since it will determine the success of your RC experiences. Generally speaking, on road RC cars can only run on paved roads, like parking lots, driveways and the like. Off-road RC cars, on the other hand, can run anywhere –gravel, dirt, sand and grass. However, Off-road models also work well on paved roads, provided the wheels are changed. Bottom line: if you are a beginner, go for Off-road RC cars, since they are more adaptable and mostly, because they will conceal your first attempts to manage the car.
Finally, picking the right RC car can be somewhat overwhelming when you are faced with so many choices. But, if you follow these simple guidelines, the choice will only be part of the fun.