We've also been named "remote control vehicles." Small model automobiles or trucks that can be operated remotely using a specialized transmitter or Remote Control Cars are known as radio-controlled cars (also known as RC cars).
The term "RC" has been applied to both "remote controlled" and "radio controlled" vehicles, with "remote controlled" referring to vehicles controlled by radio, infrared, or a physical wire connection (the latter is no longer relevant.).
Various forms of energy are used to power automobiles. Electric models use rechargeable nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride, or lithium polymer cells to power small yet strong electric motors.
Brushed and brushless electric motors are available; brushless motors are more powerful and efficient than brushed motors, but they are also significantly more expensive.
Glow plug engines, which are miniature internal combustion engines that run on a particular mixture of nitromethane, methanol, and oil, are used in the majority of fuel-powered models (in most situations, a mixture of castor and synthetic oil is used).
"Nitro" cars are what they are called. Recently, huge models with small gasoline engines, comparable to string trimmer motors that use a mixture of oil and gasoline, have been introduced.
Electric vehicles are often seen to be easier to work with than gasoline-powered vehicles, although they can be just as complicated at higher budgets and skill levels. Both electric and nitro models are capable of high speeds, although electric variants are easier to update and more adaptable.
Off-road and on-road vehicles are available in each of these categories. Off-road models may be used on a variety of terrains because they are equipped with fully functional off-road suspensions and a large tyre option.
On-road vehicles are limited to smooth, paved roads due to their less strong suspension. Rally cars are a hybrid of on-road and off-road vehicles that can be driven on gravel, dirt, and other loose surfaces. Advances in "on-road" vehicles over the last decade have made their suspension as adaptable as many full-scale race cars.
Toy-grade RC Cars
Toy-grade RC cars are typically manufactured with a focus on design coupled with reducing production costs. Where as a hobby-grade car has separate electronic components that are individually replaceable if they fail.
Hobby-grade radio control models
Hobby-grade "ready-to-run" (or "RTR") models have become widely available from major radio-controlled car manufacturers in recent years, attracting many hobbyists who would not have otherwise purchased a kit car.
Mechanical or electronic speed control (ESC) units are used in electrically driven versions to alter the amount of power given to the electric motor.
Nitro powered models
The carburetor throttle opens when the nitromethane model's servo is rotated in one direction, supplying additional air and fuel mixture to the internal combustion engine.
Vehicles that run on a mixture of gasoline and oil are known as "fuelies" or "gassers."
Accessories and Upgrades
The majority of RC models necessitate the purchase of additional accessories. Battery packs and an appropriate charger are required to power electric vehicles and are rarely included.