It is a thrill to watch RC car races. The ability of the controller to maneuver his car requires a lot of dexterity and skill. It is not that easy and will take long practice hours to perfect. But once you get the hang of it, it will be a breeze. Of course in a race you have to compete with other people with minds like yours. They too spent long hours of practice as well as doing all they can to tune up and equip their RC cars to run faster, accelerate better and maneuver along tight turns with ease. The situation is just like real car racing, only on a smaller scale.
If you have visited a hobby store, you know that you will be swamped with the hundreds of RC car models in all sizes and makes. It feels wonderful just to look at them. Better if you can own one and get hands-on experience building a car from a kit. However, before you get into the details of how to build an RC car, you have to know what to type to buy first.
For beginners, a 1/8th scale RC car is a good size to get. It is bigger and it will be easier for you to handle the parts. It is one of the more popular choices for RC cars that are suited for on-road runs. They come in 2-3 speed automatic transmissions. If you are only going to use your RC car on smooth surfaces, then get the touring and racing cars. For other surfaces, the trucks and buggies will be the better choices though these are slower than the racing and touring cars.
A 2-wheel drive 1/8th scale RC car is easier to work with and less expensive than a 4-wheel drive. If you want to know how it feels like to run and race an RC car, then getting a 2-wheel drive is fine. It may take time for you to handle turns so expect your car to tumble during the first few practice runs.
You can either get an RTR or ready-to-run version that you can readily use right out of the box. This requires al most no assembly at all. Of course you have to pay extra for this type.
If you have some experience assembling plastic toy cars with small parts, then you can get a 1/8th scale RC car kit. You should have the required tools to assemble this. It will take time to put all the parts together and you have to exercise patience and be attentive to details while you work on building your car.
Choose a 1:8 scale model with a 2-stroke motor. The most popular is the 23cc displacement engine that has a 2.5 horsepower output.
Decide what type of fuel you want use to run your 1:8 scale RC car. For a quiet, easy to handle and almost maintenance-free RC car, then go for one that is battery or electric powered. If you are okay with frequent re-fueling and some messiness, then get a nitro powered model. Be sure to read all the instructions because there are several steps to be undergone when you use nitro fuel.
If will be safer to buy popular brands due to the availability of information and support. Popular brands are Traxxas, HPI Racing, Kyosho, Team Associated RC Cars, Team Losi, Duratrax, CEN Racing, OFNA Racing, XTM Racing, GS Racing, Nikko RC, Tamiya RC Cars and Smartech RC Cars. The HPI Sprint 2 Series is a good beginner 1/8th scale electric powered car.
Whichever type and brand you decide to buy, be sure to read and understand the entire manufacturer’s instructions carefully before you use the scale model RC car. While you are at it, why not go for a good looking 1:8 scale model like a Dodge Viper, Mini Cooper, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari or even a Hummer. Since you will be racing, then why not race with a replica of the real thing.