RC car action because the road rage continues
Radio controlled car racing, or RC car action is nothing short of a “road rage” in the West, especially the US. Radio controlled cars are operated using specially designed transmitters which can be used from a distance. RC car action all started with the introduction of these self powered model cars, trucks, etc in the market as early as 1966 by Italian company El-GI. Later on in the 1970s the RC cars were being commercially produced by US, as well as Japan.
At present r c car action has become an even bigger affair with the Schumacher Racing Products releasing their Competition All Terrain vehicle or the CAT in 1987, which not only won accolades for its best off road four wheel electrical buggy of the time but also the 1987 off road world championship.
Types of RC cars
There are various components of this RC car action. Let’s first take the actual models of RC cars. There are three variants of radio controlled cars: namely, electric models, nitro powered models and finally, the gasoline powered varieties. Of the three mentioned here, electric and nitro powered radio controlled cars have come a long way in terms of technical innovation and power. They power not only RC car but of late nitro powered monster trucks, with gigantic wheels and excellent suspension systems have also become very big in the world of RC car action.
Off and On- road RC cars
The on road RC cars are meant for operation only on smooth surfaces like pavements and race tracks and hence have weaker suspension. However in the current world of high powered RC car action, on road RC cars have attained suspension levels which are at par with many of the full scale race cars that we see today.
The other variety is the off road RC cars, which can travel on any kind of terrain due to their in-built fully functional suspension systems and also a wide tire selection, which makes them far more sturdy compared to their on road cousins.
The major players in RC car action
There are three major players in RC car builders in the west, namely, rivals Losi and Associated and Traxxas in the US and the world renowned, Schumacher, whose popularity lies not only in the US but much more so in the UK. In the east Japan’s Kyosho is also a big name in off road two wheel electric cars.
RC car action however is not to be conceived as having by the ordinary, since it is a high end and expensive gizmo, often reserved only for the rich techno-cool of the West. However, the less expensive toy grade radio control cars are also being released in the market and are found in hobby shops and called “Radio Shack Cars”. The appeal of these toy grade radio controlled race cars lies with the younger generation and the common public for whom the very high end RC cars are out of reach and do not want to miss out on the raging RC car action!