Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Gas RC Car Kits

Gas RC Cars take amateur racers for a ride with their exorbitant prices! Hey folks! Yes, I agree they don't keep the enthusiasts away, but only increase their passion with their realistic features and stunning performance. So, is there a way out? Though not everyone can do it, enthusiasts can pull it off while enjoying the whole experience.

You can either buy a ready to run (RTR) Gas RC car or build one on your own using the Gas RC car kits. They are similar to knocked-down kits. The kit includes a few pre-made subsystems, a basic engine, servo, chassis, and other parts that can be used to assemble a complete car. If the instructions provided in the manual are read and followed exactly, the car should work very well.

Since you are fabricating the car and tuning the engine yourself, you may save up to 50$ compared with the ready to run Gas RC cars.

Though the RTR Gas RC Cars are generally hassle-free to run, you may find it necessary to tune the engine from time to time. When assembling the car yourself, you gain some useful insight into how the car works, as well as it being economical and possibly having a little bit of fun while you're at it. 

However, nothing will stop the well-off racers and those who do not have much time or skill from investing in a RTR Gas RC car.  The racing requirements will make learning how the Gas RC car functions necessary anyway.

The Gas RC car kits usually contain the following pieces:

Engine: Depending on your choice, the engine will be either a simple two-stroke or a four-stroke.

Drive traction and transmission: This transmits power from the gearbox to the differentials. It will differ slightly depending on whether the car has a 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive.

Servos: These are the tiny motors that control the acceleration, speed, and steering of the car.

Batteries: Even a Gas RC car needs a battery pack to power its servo, electronics and headlights.

Chassis, Body, Wheels and Axles:  These are similar to Electric RC cars so it is important to decide on what kind of car and engine you want before choosing a Gas RC kit.

Spares and fixtures:  The kit is organized into different bags that contain the screws, nuts, and washers.  When assembling, all the pieces from one bag must be used before opening the next bag.  The kit may also contain a few basic assembling tools.

Finally, check to see what additional accessories the pack may contain in addition to necessary parts, and seek expert advice on ways to save money, time and trouble that may be encountered when assembling.

Electric RC Sprint Cars

here are many kinds of cars in the real world: Sedans, Safaris, SUVs, Formula One cars. So, their imitating radio controlled cars also have all those kinds. While a touring Electric RC Car is the most popular one, the Electric RC Sprint Car is no doubt the strangest of the bunch.

Real Sprint Cars are small light weight high powered cars designed for very fast racing at more than 200 kmph. These cars have a very high power to weight ratio or, in other words, they are relatively very light for the speeds given by them. Being very fast, they use cage like metal structure mounted on top for safety of drivers, in case of overturning, rolling during high speed racing.

Being very light, to increase tire friction and to prevent easy hopping off the track/ ground, a wing typically made of aluminium is mounted on top in the centre, which increases the downward thrust while racing. Electric RC Sprint Cars also imitate their real counterparts, point for point, with only lesser speed but same design.  

Due to the very high speeds, these are popular for training of NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) drivers. Indeed, these are designed primarily for racing on dirty tracks in short stretches. Likewise, Electric RC Sprint Cars can also be used for rough training on dirty bumpy tracks.

The typical features of an Electric RC Sprint Cars are as follows:

1.    Lightweight carbon-composite chassis.

2.    Location of Motor at the centre of chassis for equal weight distribution.

3.    Aluminium alloy roll cage.

4.    Aluminium side guards and bumpers.

5.    Adjustable aluminium wing mounted on top and with side wings to help turning.

One can even find wingless sprint cars. The popularity of sprint cars led to the formation of the 'World of Outlaws' sprint series. It is then little wonder that Electric RC Sprint Cars also have devoted fans, who adore them for the sheer pumping of adrenaline. Go Sprinting Now!

Electric RC Cars

An Electric RC car is a radio-controlled car operated on batteries. In comparison to the Nitro (gas-driven) RC cars, which are powered by a small engine that runs on a mixture of nitro methane, methanol and oil, the Electric RC cars are economical, and easy to operate and maintain.

Due to their low cost, and ease of operability and maintenance these are very suitable for beginners. Electric RC cars are, therefore, very popular with both beginners and serious hobbyists.

In late 1970s, Japanese firm, 'Tamiya' was the first to pioneer the art of radio controllable model cars. Modern electric radio controlled cars appeared on the scene in America in the early 1980s. Today, like others varieties, Electric RC cars are also available in on-road and off-road versions.

An Electric RC car essentially consists of a battery pack, motor, servo, radio electronics, etc., in addition to basic transmission and steering mechanisms.

To the uninitiated in other countries, these modern miniature model cars were bafflingly similar to real cars. With aircraft grade aluminium alloys for the body, high impact resistant polymers for wheels (which even take little tires), fully functional shock absorbers, transmissions, drive systems and multi-channel radio controlled electronics, these little machines were both toys and hobby gadgets for the people in developed nations.

To cap it all, these are available in ready-to-use cars for novices and as do-it-yourself kits for the mechanical enthusiasts.

Electric RC cars are supported by good after sales service and wide availability of spares. You can purchase anywhere from a $20 toy Electric RC car to a few thousands of dollars worthy monster cars depending on your taste, budget and purpose, either in shops or online.

The toy-grade cheap Electric RC cars offer less-scope for disassembling, repair, renovation / upgrading etc., compared to the hobby grade expensive electric RC cars. Hence, the toy grade makes sense for children and beginners for practice.

As with the thriving industry, there are thriving RC car races, racecourses, trainers, forums, RC car enthusiasts' clubs and communities. One would completely be immersed, once entered this world. As usual, the Internet is replete with guidance and resources. Just Google in it!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Gas RC Car Chassis

The stunning realistic features achieved by model Gas RC Cars brings forth many models of cars that look exactly like real Subaru Imprezas, Ferraris, Peugeots, Porsches, BMWs, Formula 1 racecars, or even Arnold Schwarzenegger's Hummers! They actually use scale replicas licensed from the original makers.

Like real cars, you will be amazed by the sheer variety of beautiful, fancy and stunning looking Gas RC cars on display in shops and on e-commerce sites. But inside the body, the engine and its systems are uniquely designed for Gas RC Cars. A Gas RC car's chassis is key to the type of car you get.

The chassis has to be tough and strong to handle the top speeds and maintain system integrity. While an off-road Gas RC Car's chassis needs to be extra sturdy to cope with rough handling, a Gas Sprint RC Car's chassis needs to be extra light. Using different body shells of various models on a basic chassis, many different types of Gas RC Cars can be made.

A Gas RC Car chassis houses its engine, radio control receiver, subsystems, suspension, and wheels, and it comes readily made even in kits. To make your dream car, all you need to do is to fix the parts on it and cap it with the body shell.  Many firms take special care to make a basic chassis suitable for assembling an electric or Nitro/ Gas RC car on it. It may be made either of high-strength carbon composites  (as in Gas sprint RC cars and mini Gas RC Cars) for lightweight or with high-strength and very tough titanium alloy (as in off-road versions) for rough handling and blazing speeds.

While a chassis in general only provides the basic frame, when the Ready to Run kits are sold, companies may refer to the chassis frame equipped with all the parts, wheels and engine suitable for the particular type as the chassis. So, a Gas RC Car chassis may mean the basic metal / carbon fiber chassis frame or the car without the body shell, depending on the context.

If you assemble a car yourself, you will choose the suitable basic Gas RC car chassis frame or use the one supplied to you. But if you buy the RTR chassis (complete car without the body shell) you will need to make sure all of the components suit your requirements. Your dream RC car has to be housed on a good Gas RC car chassis.