This article aims to provide information and inspiration to those who prefer to drive "real r/c cars" per say. In all good honesty, I usually drive electronic cars. Nitro and gasoline are hardly my forte, and I don't pretend that they are.
While I have driven several nitro fueled cars, electricity is what I'm good at. So rather than the nitro cars every kid thinks is great until he drives a proper electronic car- this article will focus on what you need to know about choosing, driving, maintaining and racing hobby to competition grade r/c electric cars.
Step 1: Choose it- choose it good.
So, assuming you don't currently own a car and would like to buy one; here's what you need to know.
-Cars are built of varying qualities. Generally, what you pay for is what you get. You pay for the size of the model and the materials used to build it- these range from molded plastic, to graphite, carbon fiber and anodized aluminum. Also remember that a more expensive part MAY not always be stronger. A graphite arm could be stronger than a carbon fiber arm, but the CF arm could be lighter. It can vary greatly.
-Cars can be bought in various states. The two most common are "RTR" (ready-to-run) or a kit. Ready to run does not always mean you have everything in the box you need- granted, some cars may have everything in the box, but fairly often "ready to run" kits will not supply batteries for the remote or a pack for the car and a charger. "Kit" usually implies that the car is assembled and comes without radio gear.
-Personally, I'd only ever buy a car that has a line of aftermarket upgrades or replacement parts. If you drive it with any kind of gusto- there will be breakages. It could be anything from stripping the spur to breaking an A-arm. It will happen, so check that parts are available!
-Cars come in different forms and sizes. The next page will demonstrate the pros and cons of each method.