RC Car Tips

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nitro vs. Electric R/C Cars

In on-road touring, there are similiarities and differences between a nitro rc car and an electric powered radio controlled car.

Left is my ever trusty 1/10 Neo nitro touring which has won me the 1999 and 2007 Futaba Cup championship. Right is my 1/10 Tamiya 416WE electric rc that I race in the 13.5T brushless class.

So which is better? If racing around a track for 5 minutes, then electric rc cars are probably faster. But if it is a 1 hour race, then definitely the nitro will win. And if it is about realism and excitment, nothing beats the sound and smell of a gas engine.

And for me, I love them both!

More photos and review of nitro vs electric rc cars here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

RC Cars Photos and Wallpaper

Hi, just created a couple of large wallpaper sized photos of rc cars that you can save and use as a background or screensaver.
Ferrari 312T3 RC Car

Mitsubishi Evo X RC Drift Car

Silvia RC Car

Hope you like them. Yes, those are some of my rc cars. I love everything about the hobby. Even rc art.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


I love realistic looking rc cars. Here is my BMW... guess which one. Hehehe.

Here are more photos of the BMW mini rc car.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Toy vs Racing R/C Cars - The Toy Car Keeps Up!

The Tamiya TL01 was released over 10 years ago and was considered a "toy" r/c car aimed at beginners. Personally I loved the design of that car and decided to race the old Tamiya TL-01 in the competitive 13.5T brushless Touring car class. Speeds here probably reach 45mph down the straight!

Surprisingly I managed to qualify 5th in the Amain despite the lack of power (I was using old electronic equipment).

Photo: Left the "toy" Tamiya TL01 versus the Tamiya 416WE rc racing car!

For photos and full writeup, you can read more about the Tamiya TL01 project here.

Bottom line, the TL01 is a better car especially for newbies because:

- It is not tail happy. You can drive it without fear of oversteer.
- Less setup options to confuse you.
- Less maintenance (gear diff, sealed drivetrain, zero chassis tweak)
- It is 5 times cheaper and chassis looks better!

Thanks for reading and hope it gives you more confidence that our "toy" rc cars are actually very competitive.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Cheap R/C Trucks Price List

Hi, I compiled a list of popular rc trucks and their estimated selling price in USD. Please note prices may vary from one hobby shop to the next.

Here is the price list of cheap rc trucks categorized by: Monster, Short Course and Mini.