Electric RC Cars and Buggies

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Electric RC cars and buggies

Electric rc cars are a perfect introduction to radio control driving because they require less maintenance than nitro (glow plug) powered ones and are generally simpler to operate, simply because of the lack of internal combustion (IC) engine. Also, because of that same reason, electric rc cars and buggies require less accessories such as starting equipment.

An RTR (‘Ready To Run’) electric car ( we’ll include ‘buggies’ under the general term ‘rc car’, for convenience ) is the best choice for your first rc car because they need very little or no final assembly; you just charge the batteries and drive.

Really, the only accessory that you definitely need with an electric powered radio controlled car is a battery charger. An extra battery pack is also a good idea, though, so you can charge and drive at the same time. Compare those two items to all that you need for a nitro powered rc car — fuel, tools, starter, glow plugs.

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On-road and off-road electric RC cars

RTRs essentially come in two basic categories; on-road for track racing and off-road for uneven surface / all-terrain driving. Whether you want to drive on or off-road really comes down to personal preference.

If you’re looking for a general ‘all-round’ electric rc car then a simple 2-wheel drive buggy type is an excellent choice because these can be driven on and off road, whereas something like a model touring car will limit you to only driving on the smoothest of surfaces.

RC buggies are very popular and a lot of fun; a popular and top quality buggy is shown below, the much loved Bandit from Traxxas, one of the leading rc car brands:

This particular buggy is fairly typical of most electric rc buggies that make excellent entry level models; the Bandit comes RTR and so it’s just a case of charging the batteries and driving it!

Below is a cool video of some electric rc buggy racing at a track. This is what you can expect from something like a Bandit.

However, if you’re looking for a true on-road racer then a car like this HPI Sprint 2 Flux could be a sound choice:

This particular electric car, Ford Mustang based, boasts some of the best features available with powerful brushless motor and belt-driven 4-wheel drive transmission — it’s an ideal introduction to club racing or is just a lot of fun to blast around a smooth track.


Driving electric RC cars for the first time

Electric rc cars and buggies don’t take much time to master, because of their simplicity. But always take the car to a large open area for your first proper drive. For example this could be a park or a parking lot, or just a good sized back yard.

Drive the car slowly at first — don’t just blast the motor to full power as soon as you’ve put the car on the ground! It’s important to get used to the way the car handles, and also get used to reversing so you can get yourself out of ‘…-end’ situations easily.

In no time at all, you’ll get to learn how your car operates, and then you can start adding the speed and driving like the guys in the video back up the page!

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