Many are the things that will change after the most recent epidemic. Luckily, RC racing is not one of them. Sure, hobbyists will have to delay their adrenaline rushes for a while longer, but many will go back to this hobby as soon as lockdown restrictions are over.
If you, too, want to try out driving your first RC car, you’ll hopefully find this quick guide helpful enough to make a wiser decision.
Let’s start with the basics.
What are the main types of RC cars you can choose from?
Just like with every RC toy, there are many types available on the market. Each one differs in terms of size, shape, and surface on which it can run. However, for how differentiated the options are, these are the most common types of RC cars:
- Streetcars = this type of RC car can be driven across smooth surfaces, but it’s not the best option for off-road driving. Streetcars are known for their high speed, and they are designed to run both indoor and outdoor. They usually have a tiny shape and wheels, making them perfect for smooth driving and reaching super-high speeds.
- Drift cars = drift cars can give you the thrill of doing a slick drift with their special low-traction tires that make them ideal for inducing oversteer. This type is usually light enough for the car to drift easily.
- Buggies = if you can’t decide between on-road and off-road racing, buggies are the best choice. They’re designed to work on smooth surfaces and uneven terrains. They’re scaled versions of bigger cars that are designed for a mix of on-road and off-road functions.
- Truggies = if you like the idea of owning a buggy but with something more sturdy, a truggy is a solid choice for your races on even the roughest of terrains. Truggies are made for both a smooth and rocky terrain. They’re ideal for extreme RC car racing lovers who want to combine the ease of a buggy with the sturdiness of a truck.
- Trucks = trucks are made to be used rough, and they’re practically indestructible. This is why they’re perfect for competitive racing. Among all the models of trucks available, you can choose between either monster trucks or stadium trucks. The first type is perfect for muddy and rocky terrain. The latter is a mix of a monster truck and a buggy with big wheels for maximum stability.
How do RC cars work?
Not all RC cars are made equal, but they are all made of the same few basic components:
- Transmitter = a transmitter allows you to control the RC car at a distance. It works by transmitting and sending radio waves to the receiver in the car. In other words, the transmitter is the car’s remote controller that is usually powered by batteries with a few control buttons or keys to send signals to the receiver;
- Receiver = the antenna you often see on top of RC cars. Actually, the antenna is only half of the receiver, which is also made of a circuit board located inside the car. These two parts together receive signals from the transmitter to control and drive the car as you wish;
- Motor = even the most basic RC cars need to have a motor inside that works as their powerhouse. A motor allows you to move and steer the car through the remote controller. More complex RC cars even need more than one motor to move;
- Power source = every RC car needs a power source to work. This might be a rechargeable battery for simpler cars or gas-powered engines for more advanced models;
Get Moving Now
You don’t have to be a seasoned RC driver to have fun with RC cars. We’ve all started somewhere. That’s why 2020 is still the best year to buy your first RC car and begin your journey in this amazing hobby.