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Getting You Started with a Gas-Powered RC Car or Truck


There are many ways to start with a gas-powered RC car or truck. These remote-controlled cars and trucks offer many realistic features and come in a variety of styles and types in the industry. When choosing one, there are many considerations you should take before eventually owning one.

Radio-controlled cars and trucks lack power and running time. However, if you want to consider it, you can convert them into gas-powered RC cars using nitromethane-based fuel. This fuel provides RC cars with a level of realism and performance that is absent in other battery-powered vehicles. Additionally, they are highly customizable, allowing you to integrate RC car accessories and personalize them. There are options of engines and transmitters available to allow you to choose one depending on how you want the RC car to work.

To help you begin finding the right gas-powered RC car, consider the following factors:

  1. Engines: The most important aspect of a gas RC car is the engine. You can choose from a variety of engine models available. Generally, most RC cars use a specific type called a "glow" engine. It is a 2-cycle combustion engine that creates power for the RC car, providing realism and producing exhaust in the process. Instead of spark plugs used in automotive engines, this engine uses a "glow plug" that is heated by a "glow starter." The heat is held by the "glow plug" and is used to fire engine strokes for the rest of the running power.

  1. Fuel: Like the actual gasoline used in automobiles, RC cars use nitromethane-based gas fuel. The fuel mixture is formulated with special lubricants to protect the engine from excessive heat produced by the combustion process. The lubricants are the same as the gas-oil used in small engine equipment or some chainsaws. Accessories such as a special bottle pump may be needed to get nitro-fuel into the fuel tank of the RC car. Filters are also used in these cars and, like your automobile, they require replacement at proper time intervals.

  1. Radio: A radio controller is used to control the RC car and could be the same type used in electrically-powered RC cars. The radio controller operates on a 2-channel system that requires batteries to make it work. Additional batteries would be needed to power the receiver, although there are other receivers that are fed from the motor itself.

  1. Sport or Competition: This is an aspect you should consider when choosing a body style. There are different options available, including sedans, trucks, buggies, stock cars, and other popular car models. These are basically available in two versions: sports and competition versions. Sports RC cars typically cost less than the cars intended for racing, which of course require more power and higher speeds. Ball bearings and oil shocks are some of the advanced options included in the competition RC car version.

Depending on the type you need, RC car kits and ready-to-car (RTR) kits are available. If you are a beginner, RTR kits are what you need as they come out of the box ready for fuel. RC car kits, on the other hand, require heavy work but allow you to decide how they should be put together.

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