Building a Better Remote Controlled Car
When people hear ‘remote controlled cars' they might think of the cars for kids, however
there is an extremely large difference between the remote control cars for kids and the remote controlled cars adults build and use. Children's cars usually run on a few AA batteries while remote controlled or RC cars that adults spend so much time with feature full miniature engines and sometimes run on nitro or gasoline with many of these RC cars being very complex in their build, much like a regular automobile. Very few run on large battery packs that are essentially ‘beefed-up' versions of the child's toy. Many of the adult RC cars require a lot of maintenance, almost as much as a regular car since they contain some of the same components and then add in all the radio transmitting equipment and there is more time to spend on a remote controlled car than a regular car sometimes.
There are several different choices regarding the quality of the components that you use to make and build petrol radio control cars. There are the simple hobby store components, but these are not likely to make a car that will win many races. Most people begin at the hobby store level and work their way up to an all-out major remote control car project with top quality parts. Beware, you get what you pay for and you will pay a lot for top quality parts, however, once you have all the parts put together, you will have a RC car that you can truly be proud of, one you have built yourself. There are several items in particular to be looking for when you want to assemble an amazing RC car. The following components will help you receive the maximum performance for your money.
A nitro engine is the fastest engine choice a person could make when deciding to build an RC car. Nitromethane is an alternative fuel to regular gasoline and it runs much better in the remote control cars, however, if you are going to be racing on a pretty straightforward race course, it is a good choice and will provide a lot of speed. There is a downside and that is nitro engines are known for wearing down or wearing out faster and breaking at a higher rate. After intense usage, you would expect a nitro engine to break down and need to be swapped out for an electric engine if it becomes a problem.
Other parts of the remote controlled car are equally important when aiming for the fastest car on the track. If you are doing an all-out project, you should expect to spend a lot of money on components like axels, wheels, tires, etc. Purchase wheels that are extremely light yet firm. The best thing to do is go to a hobby shop and test a few different components so you can decide exactly what you want based on experiencing the components first-hand. Of course this is the best way to shop for anything and that includes RC cars. Try them in quick succession, these components are highly swappable so you can compare them one with another.
The thought of picking out all of these parts might not sound like fun if you aren't a very technically involved person, however you don't have to go through this process if you don't want to. There are kits that include all the top quality parts and are easy to assemble, simply follow the directions and diagrams and you will have one great RC car. The only drawback is that you don't get a very high level of customization that you would had you picked out all the components separately and built the car from scratch, although approximately 90% of the time, one could replace individual parts if they decide that they want to go for something that is of higher quality or faster.
You will need to choose your parts carefully because if you have one part of the car that doesn't perform as well as the rest, the entire car will be affected.