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Posted by RC Masters on 19th Dec 2012

When you hear the words remote control cars, the first thing that will come to mind might be a toy-grade RC vehicle for kids. The ones that you can possibly buy for less than $100 and won’t really survive backyard bashing or track racing. Well, here we will talk about the hobby-grade kind of RC models. The kinds that would generally last provided with the proper care and maintenance. These RC cars have a goal of achieving realistic driving conditions. I’d say typically, the toys for the big boys. We will help you find the best electric RC cars and will let you get into the most common variety that will suit your personality perfectly.

Each car has unique features and different RC cars are built for different surfaces. If you own a licensed-design sports car with low clearance, you'll want to focus on smooth, solid surface.

On road models have racing tires and are built for high speeds for on road racing. Their tires are smooth, and they are usually faster than the off-road types. They are only good for flat surfaces, though, such as smooth roads or race tracks. While off-road models like a buggy or a truck are essentially built for rough surfaces and could endure coarse and bumpy tracks.

You just bought a new RC car and chances are you have already taken it out for a test run or two. Before you go ahead and show it off to your friends, make sure you don’t commit the most common mistake beginners usually do. So, always see to it that you habitually check the nuts and bolts for tightness before you start driving your vehicle.

Prep your car before running by following these steps:

  • Charge your battery; make sure you’ll have fun driving by not overlooking the obvious. Your main battery must be fully charged to give you a satisfying runtime. And you should put in 8 x AA cells in your transmitters.
  • Mount the antenna on your car - this is important in RC car setup.
  • Check if your servos are operating properly. This will provide better steering and will confirm how responsive your vehicle is to each command. However, always remember to test it with the wheels off the ground.
  • Make it a habit to test your range and check for any radio interference before driving.
  • Breaking-in your engine properly will help produce less heat and reduce premature wear and tear. Ensure you follow the right procedure.
  • The last thing to do is to hold the exterior part of the car together by installing body clips. These clips can be easily pinned on through the holes to secure it.

    Whether it’s a street, buggy or truck RC model that you like, the best electric RC car would still depend on your taste. But you may also want to consider factors such as cost, level of expertise, and time available for learning and maintenance to make sure after all the cash you spent you can always keep the hobby fresh.