What type of RC car should I get?
November 12 2020 – Kenneth Christensen
One of the major challenges facing you when purchasing a new RC car is understanding all the different types of cars, how they differ and which suits best to what you want to do with your RC car. Below we've listed the various types available and helps you decide on which RC car is best suited to the type of pavement and driving you want to do. Let's get started.
RC Monster truck
The best way to enjoy RC Monster Trucks are blasting around on various surfaces, hitting jumps and generally having a blast. They are great if you want to drive on both terrain and pavement, but their high center of gravity means that they can't go round corners super quick without rolling. Similarly a high-powered Monster Truck will do wheelies if you accelerate too hard, which is a ton of fun, but not a very quick way of racing if that's what you want. For pure bashing entertainment, RC Monster Trucks probably provides the most laughs for the buck.
RC Touring Car
Touring cars are RC cars made specifically for racing on flat, hard surfaces like asphalt, tarmac or carpets (if your are into competitive track racing) - basically the equivalents to a real racing or sports cars. Grip, slick tires and tight lines round corners are the name of the game here. They offer a tremendous amount of speed, but can't go offroad or do jumps like offroaders can. If road racing is what you are looking for, RC Touring Cars is the only way to go.
Probably ever since RC cars were invented, the buggy has been the design of choice, making it almost legendary and the go-to RC type for many enthusiasts. An RC buggy offers all-terrain capabilities making it a very good solution for someone who wants to have fun both on- and offroad, without compromising to much on either, or needing several different cars. The (relatively) low ride-height and small tire size means they can't hit the very roughest terrains or do quite as big jumps as some Monster Trucks or Truggies, but for a car that can do both tarmac, skateparks and offroad tracks, you'll be hard pressed to find a better allrounder. Fit them with road tires and you can quickly change into a very capable onroad blaster as well.
Ever wondered what you would get if you combined the best parts of the an RC Monster Truck with the best parts of an RC Buggy? That's right - you'd get and RC Truggy. Combining the chassis dynamics of the buggy with the tire fitting of the Monster Truck, creates a go-anywhere bashing machine that can go round corners at incredible speeds, but also hit some pretty heavy terrain and catch some serious air. If you only want to own a single RC car, a Truggy is worth giving some serious considerations, as it can be used for pretty much everything.
RC Drift Car
Yes, this one is probably fairly obvious for most. RC drift cars are made for one thing - the subtle art of going sideways through corners. Sounds simple, but difficult to get right and endlessly satisfying once you do. Made to go exclusively on flat, paved surfaces, these bad boys don't do terrain or jumps. Very similar in look to RC Touring Cars, but if you're more into looking awesome and bashing around sideways than you are to the ideal line through a corner, RC drifting is for you.
RC Rock Crawler
Speed does not always equals fun, at least not when driving an RC Rock Crawler. With a very high ride height, big knobby tires and fully scaled diffs and transfer cases, these cars are made for one thing: Climbing over rocks, rivers and inclines. Like a miniature version of a real offroader, RC Rock Climbers offers the unique RC experience of taking things slow, planning the ideal line through the terrain and slowly but steadily work your way to the top of the hill.
RC Semi Trucks
Big, sturdy and powerful. The very nature of trucks is just cool. RC Semi Trucks offer the opportunity to build and own your own miniature 18-wheeler, and haul big loads around your neighbourhood. They don't go fast, but that's not really the purpose of RC trucks either. We would invite all our friends and reenact Convoy! 10/4, Rubber Duck.
So what's the right RC car type for you?
The answer really boils down to two major questions: What mix of surfaces will you be driving and what do you want to do with the car?
If you only will be driving flat, hard surfaces, RC Touring Cars, RC Drift cars or RC Semi Trucks are your options, each fulfilling a very different purpose. If lap times and going all out fast is your target, go with a Touring Car. If having the most fun is what your looking for, we recommend a drift car. RC Semi Trucks fulfills a very specific purpose, so if that's what you want, you probably already know.
If you'll be driving on a mix of surfaces, and just want to bash around doing jumps and tumbles, an RC Monster Truck will offer endless hours of fun. If you want to blast but also do corners or perhaps even hit a gravel track and do some laps an RC Buggy or RC Truggy is for you. Generally, Buggies do a bit less terrain and jumps, but often work a bit better on tracks, whereas Truggies can handle a bit more bashing but might not be as eligible in track races etc.
Last are Rock Crawlers which are different in the sense that they don't do bashing or speed, but crawls over terrain, much like an actual offroader climbing a mountain. This is more about focus and strategy than outright adrenaline fun, so if that's what you're looking for, this is an obvious choice.
We hope this guide has made your decision about choosing the right RC car for you easier. You can view all our RC cars here and filter them based on types, to see what we offer in each. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have further questions - we're happy to help!