There are many hobbies that keep getting underestimated by the general populace, video games, BMX, RC racing and many others. The number of people that don’t know how complex and interesting these hobbies and sports can get is staggering, so I’ve decided to write an introduction to one of them. RC racing, it’s one of the most interesting and fun sports one can think of, racing high speed cars without the danger and skill requirement of actual racing. And don’t be surprised by the fact that most participants are adults, this hobby requires some careful investment, namely you’ll need to know exactly what you’re doing and how much it’s going to cost you in both time and money.
In RC racing there are a few categories based on the power source of the vehicle and its type. The power used in RC racing are two primary sources, electric and nitro. Electric cars are the most common you’ll find out there, they’re powerful and can go a fairly long distance depending on the battery and receiver transmitter set up you have. As for nitro, it’s as simple as miniaturising your standard car engine to work on a 1/10 or 1/8 scale which is a fairly difficult design to get right on many different sizes and shapes only allowing for certain vehicle types to use this sort of power source.
The sources are used in a number of different chassis with different weights and wheels. This is where the categories of RC car distinguish from one another. There are many different chassis, wheels and suspension systems one can use for their RC car, electric buggy or scale monster truck.
They’re categorised by what kind of terrain you’ll be using them on, a drifter won’t be as good off road as an electric buggy. But an electric buggy won’t be as fast as a nitro buggy, but can be driven indoors unlike a the nitro buggy. So keep in mind that every different type has its own benefits and downsides.
There are a few distinct categories that most people use consistently, those are the RC car, buggy, truck, monster truck and drift car. Many variations and hybrids have been made through these core designs, they differ in wheel size, suspension, power and torque. This has been done so people could have middle ground options for some of the vehicles, why not combine a design and get the best of both worlds.