So, when it comes to remote control or RC cars, what is considered “fast” anyway?
An article at Wikipedia reports that,
“In the mid-late 1960s a British company, Mardave, based in Leicester, began to produce commercially viable RC Cars. Their first cars were nitro- or gas-powered cars sold in the local area in the early 1970s. In the early 1970s several commercial products were created by small firms in the US.”
Because of their size, even relatively slow RC cars can seem fast. For example, the same article notes that off-the-shelf, lower-end toy cars have weaker motors and are powered by alkaline or NiCad batteries, which means their top speed is usually just between 5 to 15 mph.
However, keep in mind that 15 miles an hour is over three times faster than most people walk.
And, in an enclosed area, that can seem quite speedy, especially in the hands of an eight-year-old! But there are cars on the other end of the “speed spectrum” that are incredibly fast.
Just for fun – because we do love to have fun – here’s a quick factoid for you: The fastest recorded speed by a remote control car is 218.79 miles per hour by a battery-powered unit in Saint George, Utah, in 2014.
Back in the real world of “normal” high-speed RC cars, most high-end models can reach speeds of up to 70 mph for well-built radio-controlled cars, and a few RC dragster-style models can also exceed 100 mph on rare occasions. But these are not the RC cars that you would categorize as “cheap” and are often, in fact, as much as $800 to $3000 or more.
Looking for “High Speed” and “Low Cost”
With this equation, the first consideration should be budget. While it may be tempting to simply shop for the least expensive RC “racing” car you can find, don’t be fooled by looks and price. In fact, you should stay away from cheaply made RC cars because they can break down quickly due to their substandard construction and inferior materials.
Remember, “cheap” is a relative term when it comes to remote control cars. If we assume a top-end of around $200 for your budget, there are quite a few good models to choose from.
Traxxas Rustler RTR with XL-5 ESC Vehicle®
The Traxxas Rustler RTR with XL-5 ESC Vehicle®, for example, can hit speeds of over35 mph and, while the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) comes in at just over $200, it can often be found for less.
Here’s how the manufacturer describes it,
“The Traxxas Rustler is a proven favorite with a formula for rugged fun that nothing else can touch. The Rustler blows the doors off the competition with more power, smoother control, better grip, and performance that makes it one of the fastest Ready-To-Race® electric trucks available.”
Desert Rush Brushless®
The Desert Rush Brushless® is another good example of relatively low-cost and high-speed. Well designed and highly detailed, this quality vehicle boasts the power of a brushless motor and a high-capacity battery that allows it to hit speeds of up to 37 mph.
And, best of all, it is ready to run right off the shelf and just in time for Christmas!
Tornado EPX PRO 4WD
If your budget allows for a bit more than $200 then you can’t go wrong with the Tornado EPX PRO 4WD. This sleek, high-performance electric buggy comes with a powerful brushless motor and like the other models mentioned here, is ready-to-run right out of the box.
The Tornado EPX PRO will easily tear through any off-road track, blast through yards or fields, and look great while doing it.
And did we mention that it has the power to rip past you at speeds up to 50 mph?
You can find these and much more at Fundemonium. We could say something cheesy like, “Race on down today!”, but we won’t. However, we would love to see you and answer any questions you have about cheap and fast remote control cars or any other RC toys.
Cheap and Fast: Remote Control Cars for Your Budget and Speed!
Whether you want fast, super-fast, or blazing fast, there is bound to be an RC car for you and your budget at Fundemonium.
We love to provide fun: hands-on, virtual, and vicarious – it’s all good! And, at Fundemonium, we’re much more than just a toy, hobby, and game store. Fundemonium is a “family fun experience”. We are a place where families and hobby enthusiasts of all ages can meet and play.
Fundemonium offers a safe and friendly space where adults and children of all ages can experience creative fun. People can shop for a great selection of toys, games, and hobbies for the entire family. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is committed to helping you have fun.
We do our best to quickly respond to inquiries about remote control cars (and other toys!) through our website. However, you can also find an answer to your question by calling us.
If you’d like to speak directly with one of our Fundemoniacs during our business hours, you can call us at (707) 540-0701.