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Holiday Season Gifts - RC Cars(Radio-Controlled) are Less Expensive

Monday , Posted by AME at 11:29 AM

What is an RC car?

RC stands for radio-controlled. An RC car or truck comes in either toy or hobby grade. Let's take a look at the difference:

Toy grade RC cars are less expensive and can be found at most electronics stores.  But if you're serious about making RC cars one of your hobbies, they aren't your best bet. If you're really interested in RC cars, you'll want the hobby grade car or truck. There are lots of advantages to the hobby grade car. For instance, they have tons of available spare parts and upgrades. For a lot of people, they don't just love racing their RC cars--they also love building and fixing it up.

Now that you know the basics of RC cars, it's time to decide what kind of car or truck you want to buy.

RC Cars - The #1 RC Hobby

The kind of all RC Hobbies is the RC Car. Radio controlled cars only move in 2 dimensions (it shouldn't be flying under normal circumstances), they are inexpensive, they can be driven by anyone old enough to ride a bike, and they are easy to repair. The real question comes down to what you expect from your rc car.

Want speed? Some of these cars can move upwards of 70+ mph! Obviously this isn't for an eight year old to play with unless they are extremely responsible and an amazing driver. Certainly it shouldn't be their first car. You can expect to pay around $300 for this type of setup.
Traxxas RTR 1/10 Rustler VXL 2.4GHz with 7 Cell Battery and Charger     Traxxas RTR 1/10 Rustler VXL 2.4GHz with 7 Cell Battery and Charger

The great thing about these Traxxas rc cars are that if a part breaks you're not out $200 or $300.  Traxxas makes a full line of replacement parts for those unfortunate accidents.  Honestly that's why I recommend these cars.  They take a lickin' and keep on tickin'!  Do yourself a favor and spend a few extra bucks and have these cars for the next couple years.  Its a great RC hobby to jump into.

Wanna off-road? Some of the rc trucks have monster tires and can rip through some pretty rough terrain. You can build an obstacle coarse are race your friends. Lots of fun can be hand with this off-road rc cars. Here are a couple products in the $200 price range.
Traxxas RTR 1/10 Stampede with Water Proof XL-5 and 7 Cell Battery with Charger Traxxas RTR 1/10 Stampede with Water Proof XL-5 and 7 Cell Battery with Charger

Racing RC car

Ah, finally, the opportunity to seize and conquer the open road. Well, on a smaller scale. But it certainly can't be denied that one of the appeals of the RC car is that it allows you to go a little crazy--maybe a little too fast, maybe be a little (okay a lot) more dangerous than you (hopefully) are when driving an actual car.

Types of Racing RC car

Oval Track - This is your standard way of racing RC cars--not to say it isn't awesome, because it's definitely a lot of fun. Again, check with your local hobby shop or your RC Club for good oval tracks in your area.

Off-Road - A lot of people enjoy the freedom and fun of off-road RC driving. And it's true--you can go pretty wild with off-road racing.

Drag Racing - If pure speed is your thing and you don't care so much about jumps and stunts, drag racing is for you. Drag racing involves a 1/10 replica of a drag strip. You can buy RC drag cars that will rip across the strip in little more than a second. As you might imagine, they're some of the fastest RC cars out there.

Competitions RC car

If you've practiced racing your car and want to amp up your hobby, then definitely enter a competition. They're a lot of fun and a great way to connect with other RC racers. If you haven't already, join an RC Club and you'll know where to compete.

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