Among the many types of RC toys out there, RC rally cars are the most fun. If you’re looking to buy one of your own, be prepared to make one of the toughest decisions in your life. You have lots of models and brands to choose from, so don’t rush into it.
If you’re going to do things right, you have to take your time and do a little bit of online “studying”. Be sure to make an informed decision that you won’t regret later, as you’ll be spending a lot of cash on your new toy.
As a first time buyer, you’ll find the list of options overwhelming. When you get to the point where you’re actually shopping for an RC rally car, not just browsing, you need to know exactly what you’re looking for.
First off, you should know that there are two important categories for these types of RC cars: off-road and on-road. One can easily say that off-road RC cars are more popular among hobbyists. In this category, you’ll find monster trucks, rally cars, bashers and such.
The second category comprises of different types of on-road RC cars, ideal for use on tarmac.
The decision-making process is long though and it doesn’t end here. Once you’ve sorted out whether you’re going with an on-road or an off-road RC rally car, there more and more choices to be made. The next step would be choosing the type of engine you’d like: electric, which runs on batteries, or nitro, which runs on gas or petrol.
If you’re new to this hobby, you should definitely go for an electric. Most beginners do. The reasons are simple: electric RC rally cars are easier to maintain and clean, they’re not too pricy and they’re much more durable. It all sounds perfect for a newcomer! At this point, you don’t have to worry too much about getting more power. At least not yet. The important thing is that electric RC rally cars are easier to handle and are great for any novice to practice on.
Now, on the other hand, nitro RC rally cars are the ultimate thrill. These little vehicles are packed with power, thus they need a more skilled driver. And it’s not just for the driving experience; you need to be familiar with RC cars even to maintain these miniature rally cars. It takes a lot of time and patience for anyone to get used to handling a nitro-powered RC car. They make more noise and produce smoke, so the whole experience is very similar to the real thing. They are more powerful and lighter than their electric counterparts, so they can reach higher speeds.
Once you’ve made this decision as well, you should think about how much time you’re willing to dedicate to this hobby. Are you going to drive your RC car once every week, just down the street, or do you intend to take things more seriously and participate in races?
Another thing you should know is that RC rally cars can be purchased wither ready to run or in the form of kits. Even if you’re not a very technical person, every kit contains all the instructions you need to properly build an RC rally car. Building your own RC car is a lot of fun and cheaper too!
Once you’ve considered all these aspects, you may go ahead and purchase your RC rally car. You will soon discover why this hobby is so popular: because it’s a fun way to spend your spare time.