Gas Powered Remote Controlled Cars - An Addictive Hobby!
Operating gas powered remote controlled cars can be one of the most rewarding hobbies on the planet. Although
called "Gas" gas engines really run on a substance called nitromethane, or nitro for short.
If you're thinking that this fuel sounds exactly like what the real-life dragsters burn, you're absolutely
right. The only difference is, radio controlled vehicles do not have a lubrication system like real automobiles do,
so the manufacturers of RC nitro fuel mix it with a bit of castor oil to keep the engine from overheating.
Gas powered remote controlled cars operate much in the same way as conventional automobiles do. They have an
engine, a spark plug (called a glo plug), and they use a set of gears to transfer energy from the engine to the
drive wheels (a transmission).
They utilize a sort of power steering driven by devices called "servos". The servos are battery operated and
they respond to radio commands from the radio transmitter. When they receive a "left" command, they turn the wheels
left. Conversely, a "right" command turns the car right.
Gas powered remote controlled cars are built to a scale that is compared to an actual car. Scale refers to the
relationship between the size of remote controlled cars to an actual automobile. Scale dimensions are represented
like this: 1/10th, or 1/8th. This means that the RC car is 1/10th, or 1.8th the size of a real car. The most common
sizes are: 1/24, 1/18, 1/12, 1/10, 1/8 and 1/5. The 1/24th scale being the smallest, and the 1/5th scale the
Unlike regular automobiles, gas powered remote controlled cars use 2-stroke engines. In the case of 1/8 scale
cars, a .21 size engine is used. For 1/10 scale, .12 size engines are normally used.
Gas engines are started either with a pull-start cord, somewhat like a lawn mower, or with an external starter
which uses an electric-driven rubber wheel which is bumped against the engine's flywheel to get the motor turning.
When choosing gas powered remote controlled cars, there a few considerations to keep in mind. The biggest one being
that you definitely cannot operate them in an enclosed area.
They make a lot of noise and they spew exhaust just like real cars. The cost of acquiring gas powered remote
controlled cars vary depending upon the brand and type of car. My personal favorite is the 1/10th scale touring
nitro cars. Touring cars are equipped with 4 wheel independent suspension, 4 wheel drive, and have 2-speed
transmissions that are able to move the car at speeds of up to 50 mph. Speaking of speed, when speed ratings are
given for RC cars, they are not to scale. That means that 50 MPH for a RC car is the exact same 50 MPH as your
If you look around you can get a good touring car for under $125.00. If speed is more your style, gas powered
remote controlled cars come in a variety of sports and dragster models as well. Some of the high-performance cars
can exceed 100 MPH. Remember that's a real 100 MPH so imagine what happens if you lose control and hit a solid
object. It isn't pretty. Of course, with 100 MPH cars zooming around, it only makes sense that there are police gas
powered remote controlled cars as well.
Complete with flashing lights and sirens, they come in all models including cruisers and off-road vehicles.
Remember, RC cars are lots of fun and there's one to fit almost anyone's budget. You can start out with an
inexpensive model and trade up as your interest grows.
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