Radio control (often abbreviated to R/C or simply RC) is the use of radio signals to remotely control a device. Radio control is used for control of model vehicles from a hand-held radio transmitter. Industrial, military, and scientific research organizations make use of radio-controlled vehicles as well.
RC cars have been around for a long time. RC cars can be electric i.e. run on batteries, or nitro fuel. Larger scale RC cars such as 1:5 or 1:6th scale can also run on petrol but we do not stock those as we do not have enough space to put them!
RC cars can be off road buggies, monster or stadium trucks. On road cars are also available which can run on a smooth tarmac surface or others which run on carpet (mainly the racing models).
Cars come in different scales from 1:12, 1:16, 1:10. and 1:8 and of course different prices. It is important to buy the right car for the right person. For instance we do not recommend nitro cars for youngsters. They are much better off starting with an electric car which is much easier to manage and just as fast.
Most RC cars nowadays are made ready to run (RTR). This usually means that you only need to buy some AA batteries for the transmitter (in an electric car) and for the transmitter and the car itself in a nitro car. Cheap and cheerful is not the order of the day for the AA batteries. Good quality batteries must always be used. Many of the problems associated with running these cars can be attributed to inadequate batteries. The secret to choosing a good AA battery is by feeling the weight. The heavier the battery , the better.