Gas Powered RC Cars

Gas powered RC cars are more popular than ever, and for great reasons. When you move to gas (from electric) you’ll notice a huge increase in speed, plus, you’ll be able to run your RC car without having multiple batteries on standby. You’ll go from 15 minutes of racing to hours!

Now that you’ve decided on a gas powered RC car, you still have more decisions to make – namely, do you want a true gasoline powered car, or do you a nitro gas car. Here’s the breakdown of the two:

RC Nitro Cars

RC Nitro Cars

The most popular gas powered RC cars are the Nitros. Nitro cars run on fuel (also called nitro-gas) and are typically faster than their electric counterparts. A nitro car is completely air cooled and can run for long periods of time where an electric cars will need their batteries recharged.

Longer run times and faster speed – so wheres the catch? A Nitro RC car is more likely to get damaged in a collision (they’re going faster after all), and they are typically larger than an electric car – taking more room to run. A Nitro RC will take longer to hit top speed because there’s a very slight delay from the time you hit the gas, and the engine spools up (the same as in a stander automobile). Finally, the last bad point of nitro cars is their noise – while they sound really cool then you gas it, they are far from silent – especially when compared to an electric.

Gasoline Powered RC Cars

Gasoline Powered RC Cars

A gasoline car is an RC car that runs on a blend of gas and oil – similar to the gas powered scooters that are popular these days. A Gasoline powered RC car (commonly called a “fuelies” or “gassers”) will eventually save you money over a nitro car – since gasoline is much cheaper than the nitro fuel used by nitro cars. Gas cars are normally larger than nitro cars, but in recent years they are becoming smaller and smaller. They share the same problems as nitros concerning noise and response time, but for most people the increase in speed is worth it.