The RC hobby is a family-oriented activity that allows people of all ages to come together and spend time having fun driving and racing with their radio-controlled vehicles. The world of RC vehicles is huge, and there are many types, sizes and shapes of RC vehicles to accommodate anyone’s budget and preference. Most people, at some point in their life, have had some form of a toy truck or car that was remote control operated. However, RC vehicles are slightly different than conventional toy trucks and cars in terms of performance, and they feature sophisticated power trains and suspension systems. They’re also much more durable and can stand up to the abuse that comes as a result of their high-performance capabilities.
From racing cars and trucks to buggies, truggies and rock crawler RC cars for sale come in a wide range of types, all differing in terms of speed, size, durability and design. Here’s a brief overview of the most popular types of RC vehicles:
RC Racing Cars
RC racing cars are modeled after real-life sports cars, and they’re ideal for people who want to drive speedy on paved, even surfaces. They normally come in the scale of 1:10 (the real model is 10 times the size of the RC model). RC cars are available in 4WD and 2WD. 4WD RC cars are more stable, but also more expensive. Additionally, they’re available as electric-powered and nitro-powered models, with electric-powered models being the more popular option due to their simplicity and safety.
RC trucks are one of the most popular types of RC vehicles, due to their versatility and performance on and off the road. There are two main types of RC trucks – monster and short course trucks. Short course trucks are highly customisable and they can be used on all terrains, including gravel, flat roads, grass, etc. Course trucks typically come in the scales of 1:8 and 1:10. RC monster trucks, on the other hand, are for driving across obstacles and all types of rough terrain thanks to their high suspension and large tyres.
RC Buggies and Truggies
RC buggies and truggies are hybrids between on-road and off-road RC vehicles. They perform well both on and off the road, and they’re ideal for hobbyists who’d like to experience a bit of everything. Buggies are fast on the road but slow off the road due to their low wheelbase. Truggies are the exact opposite – they’re better off the road, since they take the frame of a buggy, but also feature large monster truck-like tyres.
RC Rock Crawlers
Rock crawlers are some of the most interesting and versatile RC vehicles, and they can conquer gravel, mud, dirt, ice, sand and uneven terrain with ease. For the most part, the rock crawler RC cars for sale that you’ll come across will be electric-powered by powerful brushless motors and they feature monster truck-like wheels and suspension.
RTR vs RC Kits
Once you’ve decided on what type of RC vehicle you want to go for, you’ll have to think about whether you want to purchase a ready-to-run model, or assemble an RC kit yourself. Ready-to-run models are the preferred choice for beginners, as all you need to do is put in the batteries, and start driving around. Additionally, these RC vehicles can also be customised and upgraded as you see fit. RC kits, on the other hand, are recommended if you’re handy with the tools and plan on participating in the RC hobby on a more serious level. Assembling an RC vehicle from scratch gives you the benefit of teaching you valuable information and the workings of your RC vehicle. RC kits can vary in assembly difficulty, with some only containing a couple of parts that need to be put together, while others require a considerable amount of time and effort.
The Best Brands
There are quite a few brands that manufacture quality RC vehicles of all types, but to me, three stand out from the rest: Traxxas, Tamiya and Exceed. Traxxas offers high-quality, durable and fast vehicles, and although they might be on the more expensive side, if you can afford one, it’s definitely the best brand to shop from. Their models include a battery pack and both the batteries and the RC vehicle itself will last you a long time. Another upside of owning a Traxxas RC vehicle is the large availability of parts. Exceed are more affordable than Traxxas and they’re a great option if you’re a beginner who’s just starting. Although Exceed offers some affordable models that are of decent quality, expect to pay a little bit more down the line. Tamiya is another industry-leading manufacturer, and they offer quality models for anyone, from beginners to seasoned hobbyists. Considering the great quality of their RC vehicles, their prices are reasonable and with over 3 decades in the industry, you can trust the brand.