Rc Racing Cars
RC racing cars are one of the most exciting versions of RC cars available in the market. Ranging from toys to models, these RC racing cars are high performance vehicles that give you the thrill of racing like the real thing. Whether it is your backyard, a street or even a race track, an RC racing car can make all the difference between an afternoon of fun and an afternoon of exhilarating excitement.
Although the first use of radio control dates back to the 19th century when Tesla wowed audiences with his 'magic boat', it wasn't until the middle of the 20th century that RC toys actually began gaining momentum as a commercial product. The invention of the integrated circuit board made RC toys a more viable commercial option. Soon the market was flooded with all types of RC cars, RC boats, RC airplanes, helicopters and more recently, RC robots.
Although RC airplanes are a popular choice amongst fans, it is the cars that are the main attraction for most people. The reasons are simple enough. Unlike planes, RC cars can be run anywhere and anytime whereas planes and helicopters can only be used in a park or, in some cases, special flying zones created for the more powerful models.
RC racing cars are an absolute rage for RC car fans. These cars range from scale models of real-life racing cars such as Formula One car or World Rally Championship car replicas to drag racer models, off-road models and street cars. These models allow you to pit your car against your fellow racers on the street, in your driveway or at an off-road track depending on the model you are running.
RC racing cars come in a variety of engine formats that include Gas, Nitro and Electric. While the electric versions are the most commonly used amongst RC racers at amateur levels, more advanced users generally opt for the Gas and Nitro versions. As with other RC models, you can choose between 'Ready-to-Run' and 'Almost Ready-to-Run' models while for experienced users, you get the option of building your own RC racing car from scratch, through RC kits.
If you are using a Ready-to-Run or Almost Ready-to-Run model, chances are that you might not have to construct too much on the already-available car in the box. You can take it out, add the batteries and head for the streets. These RC racing cars tend to be electronic and can generate only a fraction of the power that a Gas or Nitro driven model can produce. Barring performance, electric cars require very little attention in terms of maintenance although cleaning regularly is a must. This does not mean that they can be ignored as many parts do require regular maintenance.
The electric motor is the life of the electric RC racing car and needs to be cleaned regularly. Normally, spraying the dissected motor with a motor-spray can take care of the internal cleaning process. The commutator of the motor, along with the brushes, need regular cleaning and even if you are not experienced enough to do so, you can always ask the store people for help.
However, if you are creating an RC racing car from an RC kit, then there are quite a few things to keep in mind. Cleaning dust and dirt of the cars is of primary importance as these can not only make your car sluggish, they can also hide damage to your car?s body or parts. The differentials of the car allow you to make smooth turns. The differential shafts need to be checked for grease leaks at regular intervals.
For serious racers, checking the shock absorbers is extremely important as they can minimize damage to the RC racing cars. Before, and even after, each run, the shock absorbers need to be checked for wear, damage and leaks. Any damage and they might need to be re-built. A point to remember is to use brand-new O-rings each time the RC racing car seems to have picked up suspension damage.
Ball bearings are used in almost all advanced RC model kits. These bearings just need to be brushed off every now and then with a dab of oil even. As you go deeper into the RC racing car, you will find that there are a number of parts that need to be maintained regularly if you wish to run your RC model smoothly.
Whether you are planning to race on the streets or on the tracks, you can choose between a wide range of models that include the Subaru Impreza WRC car, the Ferrari Formula One racing car and even street-racing cars such as the Ford GT, the Dodge Viper, and many more. Some of these models can reach speeds over 50 mph on race tracks built for purpose.
So depending on your exposure to RC racing, go ahead and choose your engine type and model. Whether you are constructing the model from scratch or just pulling it out of the box, RC racing cars have an incredible potential to change the way you look at racing with radio control. So just put on your racing gear and hit the streets with your RC racing car.