History of RC Cars
The history of radio-controlled (RC) cars go back further than many people think. While there’s still a long-running debate over who actually invented the first RC car, we do know that several functional models began selling on the shelves during the mid 1960s. These early model gas-powered RC cars became an instant hit among people of all ages. As a result, stores were being sold out of them quicker than manufacturers could produce them.
It’s important to note that some of the earliest model RC cars were powered by either gas or nitro, both of which allowed for an impressive amount of speed. Nitro RC cars are still highly sought after by hobbyists for their ability to pick up speed in a short amount of time. If you race a nitro RC car next to an electric, the nitro model is almost certain to win.
It wasn’t until the mid 70s when electric RC cars were invented. The “Lightning 2000” is believed to be the very first electric RC car, as it used a modified 6-cell battery for power. As the hobby of radio-controlled cars grew, so did the demand for new electric models. Several Japanese-based companies began working on their electric RC car models with great success. They designed a dune buggy shape that was perfect for flying down dirt roads and tracks.
Countless improvements and accessories have been added to RC cars over the years, such as speakers, headlights, horns and even radios. Today, there are hundreds of different RC cars available on the market, all of which have their own unique features.
Tips on Building a RC Car
Building a RC car is a fun and rewarding hobby that anyone can do in their spare time. While you can purchase pre-built radio-controlled cars from most hobby stores, there’s just something fun and exciting about building your own. Knowing that you put several hours of hard work into piecing it together gives you a sense of pride at the end of the day. Here we’ll go over some basic tips to remember when building a RC car.
First and foremost, you’ll need to decide whether you want to build a gas or electric model. Gas-powered RC cars are generally faster and cheaper to run. However, electric-model RC cars require less maintenance and can be used indoors as well as outdoors. Think about where and how you’ll be driving it, and then choose the type that’s best suited for your needs.
If you’re building a RC car from a kit (recommended for beginners), be sure to thoroughly read through the instructions before working on it. Even if you “think” you know how the pieces go, you should still read the instructions. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than spending a dozen hours building a radio-controlled car only to find out that you missed an essential piece in the beginning stages.
Depending on the type of RC car you’re building, it may come with several small screw and bolts. If you happen to lose one or knock it off onto the ground never to be seen again, you’ll be forced to take a trip to the local hardware store to find a replacement. To prevent this from happening, place all of the small screws, bolts and nuts in a cup where there’s no chance of losing them.