When you get into RC Racing, there are so many different options and types of vehicles, many of them having different functions. This can be really overwhelming if you don’t know the differences or which one is right for you. This will be a basic look at some of the main types of vehicles and their features so you may want to do even more research after you get a general understanding.
Now, Jeremy already covered the difference between nitro and electric RC vehicles in one of our videos – “What is RC Racing – Nitro and Electric Explained” so I won’t cover that here. Check that out in the videos section of our website because that is important as well.
Ready To Run vs. RC Kits
Next, there are ready to run (RTR) models or RC Car or Truck kits. The RTR models have something to offer both novice and expert RC enthusiasts alike. They come pre-assembled and usually include everything you will need to run the vehicle right out of the box as the name suggests. Some RTR’s do require additional items for completion, such as a battery and charger or nitro fuel.
RC Kits basically mean that you are buying a box of parts that will need to be assembled by following an instruction manual. This may be something for racers with a bit more of experience. Because of the additional skills needed, these are typically designed to be competition level vehicles.
Some manufacturers such as Losi have designed an RC vehicle called a race roller. If you are looking for a vehicle that has the performance-capabilities and customization options of a kit but you do not have the time for assembly, you will appreciate the convenience of a vehicle like this.
On Road or Off Road
Next up, we have certain classifications for the terrain as well. On road RC race cars can compete on paved race tracks. These cars can achieve and maintain the top speeds during the race but only if used on a paved track.
Off road RC race cars as you’ve probably guessed, are designed to be used off road. These cars can grip the ground much better than on road cars and so therefore are capable of reaching and maintaining top off road speed. These cars handle well during races that have obstacles or mounds.
Size and Type
The last thing I’ll discuss are the actual type of vehicle and this is pretty self explanatory. You have RC cars, trucks, buggies, and truggies. You can get a 2WD or 4WD truck that suits your needs and other than that, it’s based on what you are going to be using the vehicle for. You may want to use your large trucks for RC bashing (also covered in a video on our site) and your cars or assembled trucks for racing.
So like I said, just wanted to give you a general description of the vehicles involved in RC. If you have more in depth questions or comments, feel free to post them below. Thanks!