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Remote control cars and trucks are powered models that recreate the looks of full-size vehicles in miniature. They're also known as radio control cars or RC cars. You control their speed and steering using a cordless, hand-held radio transmitter.

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Remote control cars are commonly sold by toy and department stores, but the RC cars and trucks available from Horizon Hobby are not the same. Ours are hobby quality remote control models. Compared to the toy cars, these are stronger, faster, more durable, and more realistic. Horizon Hobby remote control cars offer far greater capabilities, and they're built to last for years!

Horizon Hobby remote control cars are available in ready-to-run (RTR) and kit completion levels. If you're a beginner, you'll enjoy the fastest and easiest entry into the hobby with the ready-to-run RC vehicles. RTR remote control cars come already assembled and painted. They include most or all of the compatible accessories you'll need to make them go. Be sure to read the product descriptions, however, as you may need a few small additional items such as a rechargeable RC car battery and RC charger.

Browse the Horizon Hobby remote control car online catalog and you'll find an enormous number of choices. Start narrowing your options by deciding where you plan to run your car. Some are engineered to bash over rough off-road terrain, while others are made to speed down smooth asphalt roads. Sizes range from micro/mini RC cars that are small enough to race indoors, to 1/5 and 1/6 scale vehicles that measure over two and a half feet long! The most common size of remote control car is the 1/10 scale.

Two-wheel drive remote control vehicles are generally cheaper, less complex, and have fewer moving parts. They can also be bit more difficult to control than four-wheel drive. Just as in full-scale, 4WD RC cars plow easily through, up, and over difficult terrain.

Do you want an electric, nitro, or gasoline powered remote control car? Depending on the motors, batteries, and engines used, they're all capable of similar speed and performance. Electrics are easier for beginners to operate and don't produce smelly exhaust. Gas and nitro RC cars and trucks are more realistic, but also require more maintenance.

Perhaps the biggest advantage Horizon Hobby remote control cars have over RC toys is that you can make repairs and boost their performance. Our product pages include links to the replacement parts, upgrade parts, and accessories we have available for each model. Your RC car or truck will last while you learn, and it can grow with your experience.

Radio-controlled cars (or RC cars [1] for short) are miniature model cars, vans, buses, trucks or buggies that can be controlled from a distance using a specialized transmitter or remote. The term "RC" has been used to mean both "remote controlled" and "radio controlled"." remote controlled" includes vehicles that are controlled by radio waves, infrared waves or a physical wire connection, but the latter term is now obsolete. A common use of "RC" today usually refers only to vehicles controlled by radio, and this article focuses on radio-controlled vehicles only.[2]

Cars are powered by various sources. Electric models are powered by small but powerful electric motors and rechargeable nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride, or lithium polymer cells. There are also brushed or brushless electric motors - brushless motors are more powerful and efficient, but also much more expensive than brushed motors. Most fuel-powered models use glow plug engines, small internal combustion engines fueled by a special mixture of nitromethane, methanol, and oil (in most cases a blend of castor oil and synthetic oil). These are referred to as "nitro" cars. Recently, exceptionally large models have been introduced that are powered by small gasoline engines, similar to string trimmer motors, which use a mix of oil and gasoline. Electric cars are generally considered easier to work with compared to fuel-driven models but can be equally as complex at the higher budget and skill levels. Both electric and nitro models can be very fast, although electric is easier to upgrade and more versatile.

In both of these categories, both on-road and off-road vehicles are available. Off-road models, which are built with fully functional off-road suspensions and a wide tire selection, can be used on various types of terrain. On-road cars, with a much less robust suspension, are limited to smooth, paved surfaces. There are also rally cars, which fall somewhere between on-road and off-road and can be driven on gravel, dirt or other loose surfaces. In the past decade, advances in "on-road" vehicles have made their suspension as adjustable as many full scale race cars, today.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), recognized and documented early radio controlled model aircraft as having been developed in the 1930s. However, radio controlled model cars have only been documented more recently. There may have been earlier model car hobbyists, inspired by RC airplanes, tinkering with RC cars but not documented. Here are the RC car projects that have been documented.

Concerning viable 1:8 scale race cars, information received in an email from Mardave founder Wes Raynor: "When I started Mardave R/C Racing (in Leicester, England) in 1969/70 (not too sure which!) we claimed to be the first r/c (racing) car manufacturers in Europe. These cars were 1/8 scale, (proportional radio) I.C. engine powered cars."

A British firm, Schumacher Racing, was the first to develop an adjustable ball differential in 1980, which allowed nearly infinite tuning for various track conditions. At the time the majority of on-road cars had a solid axle, while off-road cars generally had a gear-type differential. Team Associated followed suit with the introduction of the RC100 1/8 scale gas on-road car, RC12 1/12 scale on-road electric car, and RC10 1/10 scale off-road electric racing buggy in 1984 (see below). Team Losi followed with the introduction of the JRX2 in 1988.

Toy-grade RC cars are typically manufactured with a focus on design coupled with reducing production costs. Whereas a hobby-grade car has separate electronic components that are individually replaceable if they fail, toy-grade cars are typically made with cheaper components that are harder to find as spare parts, and a single electronic circuit board is integrated into the design of the vehicle.

Many hobby-grade enthuthe siasts began their fascination with radio controlled models starting with Toy-Grade models during the 'Golden Age of Toy RC' from the late 1980s - early 1990s when the companies Taiyo Kogyo Co. Ltd (Japan) and Tyco Toys (USA) dominated the market and became household names, with their products starring in TV shows, Hollywood movies,[18] and featured under Christmas trees worldwide just as often as the leading Sega and Nintendo game consoles of that era. It was during this time that some of the most popular radio controlled toys ever made were manufactured, beginning with the 1986 Taiyo Jet Hopper[19] (Japan, Europe, Australia), later sold as the Tyco 9.6V Turbo Hopper (in the United States), followed by the Typhoon Hovercraft, the Fast Traxx, the Scorcher 6x6, the Bandit, and the Eliminator to name just a few. The designs for many of these toys can be traced back to only a few inventors, namely Shohei Suto (owner of now defunct Taiyo Kogyo Co. Ltd.) who was responsible for many of the early Taiyo cars such as the Jet Hopper, and who contributed together with Neil Tilbor, and Michael G. Hetman (inventors at Tyco) to the Bandit, Eliminator, Fast Traxx, Typhoon, Mutator 4WD, Scorcher, and Python.[20]

In past several years, hobby-grade "ready-to-run" (or "RTR") models have become readily available from major manufacturers of radio-controlled cars, attracting many hobbyists who would otherwise not have purchased a kit car. Vehicles of this type need little or no final assembly and in most cases, the bodies are shipped painted and trimmed. Safety inspection of the product to ensure correct operation is essential, as injury to operators or bystanders from disassembling vehicles is possible. A number of cars and trucks are presently available only in ready-to-run form. The growing popularity of the RTR vehicle has prompted many manufacturers to discontinue production of kit vehicles. High-spec racing vehicles are generally still available or sold only as kits, and companies like Thunder Tiger, Losi, HPI, Traxxas and Tamiya sell kit and RTR versions with the benefits of a kit version being in upgraded parts or lower costs, respectively. Hobby grade vehicles can cost much more, ranging from US$90 to over US$2000.

Kit vehicles are sold as a box of individual parts, and must be assembled before driving. Although they require more skill to get running than an RTR vehicle, a relatively easy kit (such as those from Tamiya) is a good way to learn more about working on RC cars. Many kits are very easily modified with a wide variety of available parts. There are also "ARTR" or Almost Ready To Run models, which come mostly assembled but require a small amount of extra work before running.[22] Most ARTR's only require electronics that are distributed by other brands.[23]

Most electric cars up to recently used brushed motors but now many people are turning to brushless motors for their higher power output and because they require much less maintenance. They are rated either in relative turns or Kv. The Kv number tells how many RPM the motor will turn per volt. However, the ability of the system to put out power is dependent on the quality of the batteries used, wires and connectors supplying power. Due to their power, brushless motors are also used in bigger monster trucks and 1/8 nitro-powered buggies that have been converted to electric. High quality brushless systems can be much more powerful than nitro and can accomplish feats such as standing backflips when installed in a monster truck, most notably the HPI Savage Flux. Some 1/5 scale gas to electric conversions are in production but are uncommon due to high price. 041b061a72


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