Humans seem to have a fascination – some would say an obsession – with speed.
As a result, there have been a long series of attempts to set speed records. For the most part, these were simply local races on foot, on a horse, or – in some cultures – horse-drawn chariots or wagons.
When the “iron horse” was first put into use, speed was both a concern and an obsession. There were some who feared that humans were biologically incapable of enduring speeds over 30 miles an hour. Others were certain that trains would tip over on turns at that speed.
And then, there were those who couldn’t wait to see just how fast these new machines could really go.
From the first steam locomotive chugging along at 10 mph, it took less than 90 years to see a locomotive reach speeds over 100 mph when the New York Central & Hudson River attained a speed of 112.5 miles per hour on May 9, 1893.
And it wasn’t just trains that decade. As one source noted,
“According to Guinness World Records, France’s Jeantaud Duc and its driver Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat set the world’s first ever officially recognized land speed record. This electric vehicle drove at just over 39 mph in 1898.”
The Ongoing Pursuit of Speed – With Radio Control Cars
Radio control, or RC, toys and vehicles can be categorized by their types, their locomotion (on the ground, in the air, or over the water), and their primary function.
Some RC vehicles are designed to go relatively slow but can practically climb over anything. Others are tanks, or tractors, or even buses! Then there are the planes, helicopters, and drones. Of course, the water is home to all types of sailboats, racing boats, and model ships.
But it is the high speed cars that capture the imagination and heart of many RC enthusiasts.
And, because of that, manufacturers continually design and build newer and faster radio control cars to help satiate the “need for speed” that seems to infect so many RC fans. In fact, what many kids ask for are, “Really fast remote control cars.”
With that in mind, here is an overview of the fastest remote control cars on the market in 2022.
Traxxas XO-1 – Fastest RC Car In the World
The Traxxas XO-1 really is a 100-mph RC car. As we noted in another article here, it can reach 100 mph (160 kph) in just five seconds so we can easily call it the supercar of all RC cars. And the Traxxas XO-1 has a body kit that’s been aerodynamically optimized for extra stability and downforce at higher speeds.
That also means you will want to run it on the smoothest asphalt you can find. That’s because part of the aerodynamic design means the XO-1 almost touches the ground with a ground clearance of only 0.59 inches. It’s top speed “out of the box” is 60+ mph so, if you want your Traxxas XO-1 to reach 100+ mph you’ll need to fit it with two 3S 5000-mAh Li-Po battery packs to power the Traxxas Big Block brushless electric motor.
Traxxas X-Maxx – 60+ MPH Off-Road Fun
When it comes to fast off road RC cars, there are many to choose from, but one of the “funnest” is also fast: the Traxxas X-Maxx® is a favorite of RC off-road fans that “changed the face of RC monster trucks” in the words of Traxxas themselves.
“The 1/10 Traxxas Maxx expertly packages X-Maxx’s innovative design elements and jaw-dropping strength into a lighter, more compact, more ferocious beast. Now the newest Maxx is even bigger, with a longer wheelbase, beefier Sledgehammer tires, and that incredible WideMaxx stance for more intense action.”
Traxxas E-Revo VXL Monster Truck
Monster trucks aren’t typically considered “speed” machines, but the E-Revo provides both speed and power. How fast? How about 70+ mph! (with optional gearing)
As the manufacturer points out,
“It embodies the highest level of creativity in design and engineering… and unheard of speed that reset every benchmark for racing monster truck performance. This new E-Revo retains all the benefits of its original ground-breaking, award-winning design, but fortifies them with brute strength and an intense, take-no-prisoners attitude to deliver what is simply the ultimate 6s monster. Get ready for a whole new level of power, strength, and speed.”
ARRMA Typhon BLX RC Car
The ARRMA Typhon 6S BLX Brushless RTR 1/8 4WD Buggy delivers “next level bashing performance” according to ARRMA, which includes a top speed of 70+ mph!
“Designed fast, designed tough, and now outfitted with a versatile Spektrum 3-channel radio system and Firma brushless electronics, it’s all set for fast action on all terrain, in all conditions. The ready-to-run package now also includes a 3-channel Spektrum SLT3 radio and Spektrum SR315 dual protocol receiver.”
Everest 10 4X4 4WD Brushed 1/10th Scale Rock Crawler
Sometimes speed is relative.
Rock crawlers are not built for racetracks nor for drift racing. But a “slow” truck can be less than fun to drive as it struggles to conquer rocks, boulders, and rubble. Which is why the Redcat Racing’s Everest 10 4X4 Rock Crawler excels at the speed with which it can aggressively crawl and climb.
The Everest-10 is an impressive RC truck that is ready to crawl with the best of them. The Everest 10 is the perfect RC vehicle for those who want the aggressive look of monster trucks, but still need a truck with the ability to scale mountain sides like only rock crawlers can.
Looking for High Speed Radio Control Fun? Fundemonium is the Place!
In addition to some of the fastest radio control cars in 2022, we also have a variety of other RC cars and trucks, as well as planes, boats, tanks, and more for every age, skill level, and budget.
So, whether you want high speed thrills, gritty climbing ability, or flying high and fast, we know that you’ll find some fun radio control toys to make it happen.
At Fundemonium, we’re more than just a toy, hobby, and game store. We are a “family fun experience” and fun place where families and hobby enthusiasts of all ages can meet and play. And when it comes to RC cars, we do more than just stock and sell them.
If you have a problem with your RC car, for example, there’s no need to search your phone for “RC car repair shops near me” or even just an “RC store near me.” Fundemonium is Sonoma County’s premier RC car repair center.
And if you’re looking for a fun place to host kids party’s In Rohnert Park, we also provide kids custom parties including a Radio Control Racing theme party. This can be a great way to introduce your child to the fun and exciting world of RC cars.
We do our best to quickly respond to inquiries about remote control cars (and other fun products!) through our website, but 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.
Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you soon!