Remote Control Car Comparison
Remote Control Car Buying Guide
What is a Remote Control Car?
Despite the high level of quality inherent in each of the above three models, everyone has their own needs and preferences which may not be covered by these cars. If this sounds like you, you may find it very beneficial to branch out and do some shopping on your own terms. While I can’t help you pick out the best car to suit your needs, I can certainly give a few tips you can keep in mind while shopping. So, before finalizing the purchase on the car you’ve had your eyes set on, consider some of the following aspects of picking out a car.
Where does your skill level currently lie?
There are two characteristics which can make a car faster – the ability to overcome obstacles and the ability to recover from a loss of momentum on account of said obstacles. Of course, both of these characteristics are great to see in any remote control car. However, for a variety of reasons which are irrelevant in this context, you’ll likely never see both of these characteristics found in one single car. As such, you’ll have to choose one or the other. Which one is best will come down to where your skill level currently lies.
For example, if you’re new to driving, it’s safe to say that you’re going to have a few crashes here and there. While this is normal, it certainly can’t hurt to have a remote control car which can bounce back quickly. On the other hand, if you’ve been driving for quite some time and know that crashes won’t be an issue, getting a car which can overcome obstacles (rocks, etc.) can give you the extra edge you need to win a race.
How big do your wheels need to be?
Think about where you plan on driving your new remote control car. Picture the surface of the landscape. Do you see any large obstacles which may slow your car’s momentum or even leave your car stuck after you after you attempt to run over the obstacles in question? If so, you likely want your remote control car to come equipped with fairly large wheels. While you needn’t necessarily opt for a monster truck, bigger wheels are always better equipped to handle these situations. Not only will they be able to better climb obstacles, they’ll give the car a lower center of gravity, keeping it stable when tackling rapid fluctuations in slope and altitude.
Factors in Ease of Use
We’ve spoken briefly about the difference between beginner and expert-level remote control cars. For further illustration, let’s take a look at all of the factors which may effect a car’s overall ease of use.
- Wheels – We’ve already touched base on this briefly so I’ll keep it short; bigger wheels make a car easy to drive, assuming you don’t plan on undertaking any advanced maneuvers.
- Acceleration – When a car can reach its full speed over a very short amount of time, crashing into something isn’t as big a deal, being that you’ll be able to get back to full speed quickly.
- Traction – It might be cool when your friends skid and screech down the road, but they’re giving up a large level of traction to have a car capable of such feats in the first place. Perhaps its best to forget about these advanced driving techniques if you’re just starting out. The more traction your car’s wheels have, the easier it will be to drive.
- Weight – If your car weighs more, it has less of a chance of toppling or flipping over. This is especially true when a good portion of the weight is carried closer to the bottom of the car. On the other hand, a higher weight often translates to a poorer acceleration. As such, it helps to find a car whose acceleration is high relative to its overall weight. When all other factors are consistent, a heavier car is often better.
Common Remote Control Car Features
As you can see, whether or not any given car’s list of features is conducive to your overall driving experience will depend on your level of expertise as well as where you plan on driving the car. There are; however, a few features which are always nice to see in a car, no matter who’s driving it or where it’s being driven.
- A Long Range – Before purchasing a remote control car, take a moment to see how far away you can stand from the car while still being able to operate it. The manufacturer should give some indication of its range.
- A Good Battery – A powerful motor is only a good thing if you know you’ll use it to its fullest potential. A large battery; however, is always good to see in your car. This will allow you to not only take full advantage of your car’s machinery, but will allow you to use it for longer lengths of time.
Outside of acquiring a car that has a great battery and a long range, which features are great and which features are downright detrimental will entirely come down to your specific needs. By keeping all of the aforementioned bits of advice in mind, you can be sure to have the best possible model for you. When shopping, merely keep in mind your skill level as well as the terrain on which your car will be driving. By doing so, shopping will be a breeze and you’ll be off to the races in no time at all.