Remote-controlled cars, also known as RC cars, are definitely making their comeback at the moment and are once again enjoying great popularity among car fans, racing fanatics and hobbyists. Numerous RC car races are organized and club championships are held on smooth tracks or difficult terrain. It is still called – RC model building and racing. It’s an exciting hobby that makes men’s hearts beat faster, because real guys sometimes just like to let it rip. The model cars are technical masterpieces in miniature and provide any passionate model maker or car lover at the same time with driving fun, action and pure adrenaline. Here, all the passion and perfection of the builders are in a model that, depending on the design and scale, comes very close to the original vehicle. It’s a motorsport experience on a small scale that feels absolutely authentic.
Perhaps you are infected with this andrenaline-rich passion yourself or your partner or good friend has long been a big fan of RC model building sport? Then this is definitely a very hot topic for conversations and surprises that you and the other person can definitely enjoy. Especially when it comes to gift ideas for racing fans and speed lovers, RC cars and the appropriate accessories are simply ideal.
RC Cars: This makes the purchase decision easier for you
Before buying an RC car or the appropriate accessories for it, you should ask yourself a few crucial questions. Namely: What type of car do you want to have or give away? Respectively: Which remote-controlled car does the recipient already have? Is he a beginner or has he already gained experience with it. Does he have a weakness for handicrafts and handicrafts or is he the impatient type who just wants to drive off right away and has nothing to do with the car parts themselves?
These are all very important pointers, because radio-controlled RC model cars are available in all variants and scales. So you are quickly spoiled for choice. That is why we would like to offer you a little guide to RC cars in the next few lines to help you make a purchase decision. The laypeople among you will particularly appreciate this. So let’s start!
ONROAD OR OFFROAD?
It is a fundamental question, the answer to which is crucial when choosing the type of car. Similar to buying an original car, you should already know where the RC car is basically driven. On or off the smooth track? It depends on whether you choose a fancy racing car or an RC buggy or truggy, for example. In contrast to a racing car, these two are more robust and have a much higher ground clearance than the cool speedsters, which, however, in contrast, reach an optimal speed on the asphalt.
RC monster trucks are also pretty popular and work just as well as both on- and off-road racers. Impressive and stable, these remarkable RC cars overcome any uneven terrain and are just as good at ensuring high speed on the slopes. Crowlers are another spectacular variant of remote-controlled cars. These climbers love challenges and demanding routes. Short course trucks, rock racers and other RC cars are of course also available.
Then you should decide on the appropriate scale of the RC car. This could be 1:36, 1:28, 1: 18/16, 1:12, 1:10, 1: 8 or 1: 5 – depending on previous knowledge, budget and available storage space.
Which engine and which type of drive?
When it comes to engines, you basically have two options – an internal combustion engine or an electric engine. The first runs on a model construction fuel or also called nitro and the second needs powerful drive batteries – either nickel-metal hybrid cells, modern lithium-ion batteries or lithium-polymer batteries. Like normal cars, RC cars are offered with either two-wheel or four-wheel drive.
Well what is better? Nitro or electric?
Both clearly have their advantages and disadvantages and the answer to this question depends mainly on your own taste, previous knowledge and experience. For example, nitros are much more realistic when driving, but on the other hand they are quite difficult to stow. You have to reckon with higher running costs, because nitrous oxide is relatively expensive and is also used up relatively quickly. The stuff is also highly toxic and you should always be careful with it. In addition, one should also observe the permitted times and driving positions for nitro RC cars, whereas an RC car with an electric motor can be driven almost always and everywhere.
As RTR or kit?
Last but not least, you should be clear about whether the person receiving the gift would like to have an RTR (ready to run) car or would rather prefer a kit. If you are a beginner with no or very little experience, the first variant is recommended, because here you hardly need to do anything on the vehicle – just charge it and drive off. While with a kit you should already have a good technical understanding and sufficient manual dexterity.
Of course, it is also advisable to always choose high-quality manufacturers and brands when buying, such as B. the company Tamiya, which is one of the best in Europe, as well as LRP, Losi, Vaterra or the well-established German manufacturer Jamara. For example, you will find first-class RC cars and accessories for them, which also serve as great gift ideas here.
Immerse yourself in the fabulous, exciting world of RC cars and let yourself be inspired and infected with this adrenaline fever! Have fun and … let’s go to the race!