1. What is a R/C car?
Radio controlled (or R/C) cars are self-powered model cars or trucks that can be controlled from a distance using a specialized transmitter.
The term "R/C" has been used to mean both "remote controlled" and "radio controlled", where "remote controlled" includes vehicles that are connected to their controller by a wire, but common use of "R/C" today usually refers to vehicles controlled by a radio-frequency link.
2. Are they the toys for kids?
There are two grades of R/C cars, toy-grade and hobby-grade.
Toy-grade R/C cars are typically manufactured with a focus on design coupled with reducing production costs. Whereas a hobby-grade car has separate electronic components that are individually replaceable if they fail, toy-grade cars are typically made with components harder to find as spare parts and a single electronic circuit board integrated into the design of the vehicle.
The steering of toy-grade car is typically not proportional (with only three positions: straight, full left, and full right) and there is typically no proportional "throttle" either, with stopped and full power usually being the only options. Toy-grade R/C cars are a great intro to the hobby, especially for ages 5 – 10, and are cheap platform for modifications and tuning even for older enthusiasts.
Hobby-grade R/C cars are typically upgradeable, customizable, have many more features than toy-grade, and are used in professional RC racing and other competitions. In most cases, hobby-grade R/Cs have better handling, are faster and more durable, have more radio and radio frequency options, and have a longer life than most typical toy-grade R/C vehicles. Our hobby-grade R/C cars.
3. What are the major types of R/C cars?
There are many different types of R/C cars and trucks. The 2 major divisions are electric and gas.
Electric models are powered by small but powerful electric motors and rechargeable batteries.
Gas cars do not run on conventional gasoline, they run on nitro hobby fuel (10-40% nitromethane).
4. What are the different body types of R/C cars?
In both of electric and gas categories, both on-road and off-road vehicles are available.
Off-road models, which are built with fully functional off-road suspensions, and a wide tire selection, can be used on various types of terrain.
On-road cars, with a much less robust suspension, are strictly limited to smooth, paved surfaces. In the past decade, advances in "on-road" vehicles have made their suspension as adjustable as many full scale race cars, today.
On-road kits can hit high speeds and they look like the cars you see on racetracks and streets around the world. With four-wheel drive (4WD), they are easy to drive and you can get realistic treaded tires and bodies for scale realism. However, driving off your curb or over holes in the road is not what these are designed to do. Our on-road cars.
5. What type of kit should I get?
- RTR (Ready to Run / Ready to Race) - Either way, this means that everything you need to run the car should be included in the box.
- Kit (Assembly kit) - You put every single part together. Electric stuff are usually sold separately with a kit.
- ARR (Almost Ready to Run) - Mostly assembled and just needs the finishing assembly done before it is ready to run. for example, ESC, motor, servo, etc.
6. What type of car should I get?STREET
These are your average street cars. They are the fastest and the best on paved, flat surfaces. Do not get this if you are looking to drive in your backyard or want something with more power.
Drift cars are like on-road cars but with slick tires. You can slide around turns and still get almost as fast as an on-road car. They are good if regular cars bore you but you like to drive fast. Drifting is hard, however, so be warned.
Buggies are a cross between off-road and on-road cars. They are the second fastest on road but the slowest off-road usually due to their low wheelbase. Buggies are good for those who cant decide what type of car they want, since they can use it for both.
Truggies are also a crossover like buggies, but they are more for the off-road. It basically takes the frame of a Buggy and puts monster truck tires on it. These are the 3rd fastest on road and the 2nd slowest off.
Trucks are your monster trucks. They are amazing off-road but very slow on-road. They may flip a lot when trying to make high speed turns so these are not the best for on-road and you should get these if you want to drive in the woods or in the grass the most.
7. Can I change or customise the appearance of R/C cars?
Yes. If you don't like the way your car looks. Or, maybe you've damaged the body and it needs an overhaul.
You can replace it with a new unpainted or pre-painted body and decal it the way you like. Check out available body shells.
8. What is ESC? What is the different types of motor?
There are two different types of R/C motors. Brushed and Brushless. Each motor type has its own kind of ESC (Electronic Speed Controller). Without an ESC, your motor would just do nothing.
Brushed motors are cheap but very inefficient and lack power. The ESC's are also cheaper. They suit for most beginners.
Brushless motors are efficient, powerful, fast, and last much longer. Brushless motors and ESC's do not really have an expiration date, while brushed usually last about 6 months to a year. The main visual difference between the two is the brushless is sealed completely and has three wires, while the brushed has ventilation holes and two wires.
9. How fast do R/C cars really go?
If you clocked a hobby-grade R/C vehicle at top speed using a police radar gun, you'd probably get a speed anywhere between 10 to 70 mph (16 to 112 kph).
Some dragsters and specially modified R/Cs can top speeds in excess of 100 mph (160 kph) but that's the exception and not the norm.
10. So exciting. What to do now?
- Pick a car that suits you most. The type, look, colour, and price.
- Practice racing by yourself. Practice accelerating, turning around corners and get the feel of how your car handles.
- Find your nearest R/C car track and look for some racing enthusiasts for some sound advices.
- Follow MRC Facebook page and join our group, we are always happy to help. Never be afraid to ask questions.