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A Beginner’s Guide to RC Racing

by Ragini Salampure

Have you ever wanted to enter the high octane world of motorsport, but never had the money for a racing car? RC racing solves that problem and lets you have all the thrills and spills of motorsport on a smaller scale.

Once you know the excitement of the RC track, you will be hooked. 

We have everything you need to know to get started. Read on for our must-know guide on RC racing. 

RC Vehicles Scale

The first thing you need to understand is scale. Not all RC vehicles are created equally. Some are bigger, while some are smaller in scale. 

The three main scales are 1/10, 1/8, and 1/5. 1/10 scale is extremely popular for beginners, as they allow a lot of scope for customization with chassis and setups. 

Classes for RC Racing

Once you have the scale, there are a number of different subclasses in which you can race, depending upon the one you have chosen. The most popular for 1/10th are off-road two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive electric. 

1/8 and 1/10 both have electric categories. The former is also used for off-road nitro while the latter is used for on-road nitro. 

Nitro RC Cars

Nitro cars are different from electric, in that they use real fuel instead of batteries. They give out a lot more noise and smoke, making them seem just like a real vehicle. Just like real racing cars, they require a lot more tuning and attention to get them race fit. 

They have different glow plugs in racing models. Exhaust pipes can change as a tuning option. The engine can also have increasing and decreasing airflow to tune it. 

There are a whole lot of options when it comes to nitro RC cars. For some of the best nitro RC trucks and vehicles follow this link. 

Electric RC Vehicles

While RC vehicles are quieter and offer less room for customization, it does not make them any less fast or fun. They are powered on three types of batteries. Nimh (Nickel-Metal Hydride) Nicad (Nickel-Cadmium) and Lipo (Lithium Polymer) are the most common types. 

Lipo batteries are a more modern battery. They last a lot longer, run longer, and discharge more power, resulting in more initial speed. They do require a charger to keep them in top-charged condition. 

RC Race Tracks

RC race tracks come in a number of surfaces depending on the class and type you are racing. For the larger scales, astroturf is often used. Concrete and tarmac may also be used, or be present on astroturf surfaces. 

Indoor events may have carpet for smaller scale models. The toughest to drive on are clay and dirt, reserved for professional drivers and the toughest of vehicles. 

Start Small

If you are new to RC racing, start small. Go for an electric model to get used to driving and tracks. Once you are ready, you can upgrade to a nitro model and start to win some races!

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