You want to enjoy a new hobby, you saw these lightning fast far away-controlled racers speeding over the rubble or between the dunes at your beach and want one of these for yourself or for your kids. However, how to decide what is the right RC car for you?
There are 7 questions you should truly answer to thin down your search.
1. For whom is it?
The most simple comes first, of course. Is it a toy for your child or is it a complex piece of technology for you. The differences between them are in durability, strength/speed, size, reach of the far away, complexity and of course price. As a clear differentiation, the toy versions are usually powered by your standard household AA batteries and come in a extent of 1:32 to 1:16, whilst the grown up version comes in a size of up to 1:5 powered by a much stronger energy source.
2. What is the strength source?
There are three options to choose from a Petrol far away Control Car, a Nitro far away Control Car or an Electric far away Control Car.
These three strength supplies create differences in cost, accessibility of strength, maintenance and strength output.
Your Petrol far away Control Car runs on a mix of regular unleaded petrol and 2-stroke oil will create a important higher amount of strength. You can buy its fuel in the gas stop next to you and consequently keep the fuel cost low. Adding to that point are their low fuel consumption and low maintenance requirements. Petrol powered RC Cars are usually larger than their nitro and electric counterparts and come often in the extent of 1:5. On the downsize you have often your larger initial cost for these kind of cars.
The Nitro RC Car is powered by Nitromethane, a fuel, which is expensive and only obtainable in specialty stores. The fuel leaves often a residue on the chassis of your far away-controlled racer and consequently requires high maintenance. Furthermore you will see a higher fuel consumption that with the petrol run machine. So than, why to buy these Nitro far away control cars? Because the stuff is powerful. These are usually the fastest racers on the block, their size is typically it the range of 1:16 to 1:8, seldom bigger. This makes a lot of fun to race. Also they are usually lower in price than their petrol counterparts.
Finally, the Electric pushed far away Control Car, runs on a powerful rechargeable Li-Po Battery pack. These Cars are typically the next step from child’s toy to adult’s hobby. They are usually cheaper than the fuel powered version but typically not so powerful and aggressive. Whilst they have a strong from the start speeding up, in the long run they have usually problems to compete with the other two engines. Due to their clean strength source, they require the least of maintenance and can be operated indoors. They are usually the smallest version and but can also come in the large size versions of petrol and nitro fueled racers but with much less strength.
3. Ready to Race or Kit?
Do you only want to race or is a part of your excitement coming from the excitement of building your own machine. Most of the RC cars coming as “Ready to Race” versions where you have to do not much more than getting them out of the box.
However, there are a lot of models where you can truly put the car together by yourself and consequently influence look and performance of this car. You can go from simple assembly like your everyday form kit to really buy single elements of your car separately to upgrade its strength and performance during operations.
4. Where you want to run your far away Control Car?
The next question, respectively the next set of question is, what do you want to do with your far away-controlled car? Is it a racer, is it for indoor or outdoor (indoors of course only the electric version), do you want to be on or off-road. Do you want to excursion it or is it more a collector’s item which you want to put on characterize? Are you looking for a fantasy form or a real live replica?
5. What kind/form of Car should it be?
I you got by the above questions, you have already a pretty clear idea of what you want. nevertheless the choice of models is very large and the first 4 questions are to some extend limiting your choice of this point and the other way around. Nevertheless, once you are at this point, you want to select between Buggies, Truggies, Trucks/monster trucks, Crawlers and your real life replicas of Ferraris, Fords, Minis, etc.
6. What price are you willing to pay for a good far away Controlled Car?
We established what car it supposed to be, we come to a very basic question, a question we might put also at the beginning of our search. What’s the fun worth, what is our budget for a nice and good far away Controlled Car? This factor has been discussed to some degree already in the other points and we know that a kids toy car is for sure much cheaper than the adults version. The larger the form the more it usually cost and among the engines the electric one is usually the cheapest. Also speed can determine the price. So at the end, we will have to see, what is the best combination we can get for the budget, we allocated to this hobby of ours. Keeping always in mind, that there are follow-up cost to consider for spare-parts, fuel, maintenance, etc. The price for our toy versions with 5 m reach 5 kph speed will be maybe 10$, the high-end Petrol far away Control Car might cost us 3,4 or 500 $ or already more. As in everything, there is often no upper limit for what you can buy.
7. Where you want to buy your RC racer?
Last but not least, where do I want to buy, today you have the options to go to your “Have it all Toy-shop”, your specialty RC Car dealer or the Internet. As with all products these options vary in service, product knowledge, price, selection of obtainable products and after sales service.
Certainly one advice can be given. Don’t buy a used RC car if you are a beginner.
Now, do you have a clearer picture about your new toy?