The Choice Between Electric or Nitro Powered RC Cars Can be
The roar of the crowd as the cars rush by, the sense of
excitement in the air. Is it the Indy 500? No, it is RC racing!
RC racing, or remote control racing also known as radio control,
is a quickly growing hobby segment that appeals to both young and
old, and men and women.
RC cars are popular at a hobby level, for creating and putting
the cars together, or even taking it to the next level with
professional tuning and racing. You can purchase RC cars as a kit
in an unassembled form or completely assembled and rtr or ready
to run condition.
What Types of RC Cars Are There?
The selection for RC cars is huge and growing every day. You
can choose cars in almost any body type that you desire, in any
color and any style. However, there are a few main distinctions
that you will need to make before you choose any car for the
You can choose from:
1) Gas powered or electric
2) On road racing models or off-road models
3) Assembled or non-assembled
4) Car or Truck
These are the main choices, however once you choose what type
you are looking for, you will still have many style choices as
well as engine choices to make.
Gas Powered or Electric?
The biggest decision that will have to make when you choose an
RC car is whether it is powered by nitro gasoline or an electric
battery pack. There are pros and cons to both types, and
ultimately you need to decide what type of power is best for your
needs and what you want your RC car to achieve.
Electric RC Cars
Electric remote control cars are an excellent choice if you
are just getting started in the world of RC cars. They are
typically easier to care for, and much easier to maintain than
their gas powered counter parts. An electric car will make a
great starter car because they are generally less expensive than
a nitro car, so you can take the time to practice and perfect
your driving skills before laying down a lot of money.
Electric cars are run on batteries. The batteries are
assembled into battery packs that usually have a recharging
capability. This is much more cost effective than cars that
require new batteries. However it can also be time consuming
having to recharge your battery pack, so if you do not like to
wait, a spare battery pack is likely a good investment.
You can purchase electric RC cars for any budget, so you
should choose a car that is suitable for your needs. Electric
cars typically go slower than a nitro car, however you can
purchase electric cars that will achieve high speeds.
It is important to remember when you buy a new electric car
you must break in the motor slowly in order to extend the motor
life and allow the engine to achieve its full potential. When you
break in the motor, you simply start running the car at a slower
speed and gradually bring it up to speed. If you do not want to
take the time to break in an engine you can purchase cars ready
to run. In most cases, these cars are ready to go and the motors
are already broken in.
Nitro Gas Cars
RC cars that run on nitro gasoline are the most popular and
fastest growing segment of remote control cars. With nitro
vehicles, you can buy the popular trucks that will take jumps at
high speeds and go off road driving. Alternatively, if speed is
more your thing, look for the racecars that are meant to speed
along pavement, tracks or other prepared surfaces.
As with electric RC cars, you can purchase ready to run cars
or kits in varying states of assembly. Nitro RC vehicles
typically run faster than electric vehicles and you can find some
that will go 70mph right out of the box.
Gas powered RC vehicles run on a specially formulated fuel
made especially for RC cars. Most nitro vehicles have a pull
start engine similar to a lawnmower for easy starting. Because
nitro cars are more complex than electric vehicles, it is
important that you follow the instructions carefully. You can
purchase nitro starter kits that come with everything that you
need to get started. This is a great way to go for beginners when
you do not want to leave anything out.
As with electric cars, it is very important to break in your
engine unless of course you purchase a ready to run kit, which
should be ready to go straight out of the box.
Which Way to Go
No matter if you choose the nitro gas powered version or the
battery powered RC vehicles, you will have a great selection
available to you, and of course, you will have a lot of fun. Why
not try a few of each? With so much variety out there, it is
almost impossible to settle on only one RC vehicle.
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