There are so many remote controlled cars out there that it virtually becomes next to impossible to just go through all of them and choose the ideal one for yourself. This list will help you have a glimpse at some of the best remote controlled cars to have hit the shelves this year along with their advantages as well as disadvantages. Some of the remote controlled cars that we are going to share in our list will be relevant to certain levels of experience and we will let you know if it is suited to you or not.
1 – Traxxas XO-1
This remote controlled super quick beast has been designed for experienced drivers only since it is able to attain a speed from 0mph to 100mph in no more than five seconds. The lightning fast Traxxas XO-1 incorporates a TQi 2.4GHz radio system with Traxxas Wireless Link Module and a versatile ProGraphix painted body that enhance the beasts’ already attractive aesthetics. It is definitely a head turner and the one that won’t let its competitors get ahead of it in any racing event.
You just have to take it out of its original packaging and using the additional Power cell LiPo batteries, it will be all ready to zip through the streets of your neighborhood. Traxxas are the entrenched market leaders in producing the leading and fastest remote controlled cars and this is definitely one of the very best RC cars of the current year.
Cutting edge technology has gone into this lightning fast device that has the ability to handle top speeds thanks to its precise speed control and all-wheel drive capabilities. It is the fastest Ready to Run car in the world, being able to reach 60mph in 2.3 seconds and 0 to 100mph in 4.92 seconds.
In collaboration with Castle Creations, Traxxas have come up with a formidable engine, speed control, maneuvering and steadiness. The Traxxas XO-1 boasts more than 20 unique functionalities that will blow your minds away and is by far the fastest car available on the market. It is placed at a higher end of the price spectrum and is an ideal choice for experienced RC car racers who do not want their competitors to even threaten the supremacy.
- Top speed clocked at around 100mph
- Tremendous styling
- Customization options aplenty
- State of the art technology
- Traxxas link wireless module
- Equipped with more than 20 features
- Eully assembled and ready to run
- None really!
2 – Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Drift
The Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Drift sports brushed motors and is a great choice for those who are looking to get their hands on a top quality machine without having to spend magnanimously. This device allows a variety of customization options with regard to style. It is suitable for both forward and sideways drifting styles and provides an exhilarating driving experience that literally diminishes the difference between controlled driving and out of control drifting. In contrast to its counterparts, you throw anything at this beast and it will be able to handle it with seamless ease.
This RC car is able to drift flawlessly around the corners and retains sufficient power to propel itself in the forward direction to maintain its momentum before going around the next corner. The lightweight build and plastic chassis enable this car to recover immediately from a drift. Another great feature, in addition to its ability to recover from catastrophic accidents, is that it can back up in case the driver goes a little too wide to enter a drift. The back up feature in the Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Drift’s transmission lets the driver get out of difficult situations with ridiculous ease.
The unique ability to upgrade this device in accordance to your preferences and requirements is another great feature of Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Drift. It comes with adjustable suspension and is another marvelous ready to run RC car.
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- Customization options
- Versatile styling and powerful engine
- All wheel drive
- Forward and backward transmission
- Realistically priced
- Question mark with regard to durability owing to plastic chassis
3 – HPI Racing 1/5 Baja 5B SS
The HPI Racing 1/5 Baja 5B SS is a buggy car that runs on gasoline. It is almost a meter in length and has the capacity to attain 35 mph in terms of optimum speed. It comes fitted with a 2.4GHz radio system that is built on failsafe technology to ensure that the car does not run away on its own due to its unparalleled power.
It sports an aluminum steering that promises to guarantee durability. The machine includes a 2 stroke 23cc pull started engine that needs gasoline to fill a 24 ounces fuel tank and will definitely provide you the much needed power. It is 32 inches in length and this makes its portability a bit of a hassle. It does come with tons of add-ons and unique adjustable features; thereby allowing the drivers to customize the HPI Racing 1/5 Baja 5B SS in accordance with their terrain and requirements. It is another exciting car for RC car enthusiasts to have in their repertoire.
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- Tons of features
- Customization options
- Powerful engine
- Lots of add-ons available
- Pull started engine
- Runs on gasoline
- Requires assembly
4 – Traxxas T-Maxx Classic
Powered by Traxxas racing engines, the Traxxas T-Maxx Classic is incorporated with an electric starting engine. It features nice styling and attractive graphics that are sufficient to render this car the status of a crowd puller. When it comes to RC truck styling cars, this is the best machine that manufacturers would want to replicate and is considered one of the best models ever known for its reliability, handling and speed. The Traxxas T-Maxx Classic is fitted with Traxxas Smart Start technology that lets users diagnose any issues being faced by their vehicle.
It is very easy to maintain since you can get its spare parts from all the major hobby stores around the country for repair and maintenance purposes. It can attain a maximum speed of 40 mph and also includes forward and backward transmission. It is yet another sublime addition to the RC cars industry by Traxxas and is another wonderful piece of machinery.
- State of the art engineering
- Excellent handling
- Smart start technology to diagnose problems
- Spare parts available with ease
- Poor portability
- Runs on gasoline
5 – Axial SCX10 Honcho RTR AX90022
The Axial SCX10 Honcho RTR AX90022 is basically a RC car that has been styled into a RC truck and is one of the best ones available at a reasonable price. The engineers have ensured that no compromise is made on the performance characteristics that enable this device to conquer on-road as well as off-road obstacles.
It includes highly reliable transmission system and axles that allow the users to drive it anywhere they want without having to worry about any damage that may be inflicted upon the machine.
The Axial SCX10 Honcho RTR AX90022 has been engineered with top quality differential lockers to help distribute weight as and when required so that the chassis and suspension do not get bogged down in case of difficult and bumpy terrains. Moreover, the suspension comes with a 4 link design to mitigate some of the torque twist and steers that are related to steep climbs.
The Axial SCX10 Honcho RTR AX90022 also boasts customizable shocks that let the drivers adjust the vehicle in line with their terrain. The machine comes equipped with LED lights to let you enjoy your nighttime adventures as well. The RC car requires you to buy AA batteries, a charger and an electric battery before you take it out for some outdoor adventure.
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- LED lights
- Customizable suspension
- Mid-ranged in terms of price
- Additional purchases required to get the car up and running
6 – Redcat Racing Rampage XB
The Redcat Racing Rampage XB is slightly larger in size as it is 1:5 scale to its off-road counterparts. It comes fitted with tons of exciting features enough to make it stand out from the crowd, it is surely an ideal RC car for most of the RC car enthusiasts.
In addition, the Redcat Racing Rampage XB also comes with a gas motor as opposed to some of the other RC cars on our list that include an electric motor. The machine boasts waterproof electronics that enable the driver to drive it wherever required and clean it whichever way, he or she wants.
With regard to styling, the Redcat Racing Rampage XB takes inspiration from the dune buggies of the previous ages as it boasts minimal lid styling; thereby covering the top of the car only and leaving the suspension, axles, wheels and spoilers uncovered. This is versatile styling since most of the manufacturers like to cover their electronics and other components.
The Redcat Racing Rampage XB boasts a 2 stroke powerful 30cc gas engine along with an aluminum chassis that is capable to handling any kind of terrain. It is a ready to run machine that does not require any additional purchases before it can be driven away.
- Waterproof electronics
- 2 stroke powerful 30cc gas engine
- Dual disc brakes
- Runs on gasoline
7 – HPI Blitz ESE Clear RTR Electric RC Truck
This is one of the most reasonably priced cars available on our list and appears more like a stadium truck that comes with loads of exciting features.
The HPI Blitz ESE Clear RTR Electric RC Truck includes top quality performance racing components that enable the owners to drive it among the fiercest racing events. The performance racing components allow the users to tailor the car according to their racing and driving style and in accordance with the terrain they will be driving on. You can change the grip of the car through the adjustable cambers and casters.
Moreover, you get additional accessories with the original packaging. You get a race truck kit, body, shocks, decals, silicone shock oil and an instructions manual. The HPI Blitz ESE Clear RTR Electric RC Truck incorporates a metal gear brushless ready engine, the Blitz does not unleash as much power as some of the other picks in our list. However, you still need to purchase a few add-ons before you can take this beast out for a ride. [Currently this product is out of stock by Manufacturers].
- Adjustable performance parts
- Additional accessories with original packaging
- Not as powerful as other picks in our list
- Needs additional accessories before it can be taken for a ride
How to buy the best remote controlled cars?
You need to be conversant with the features of the remote controlled cars before you set out to buy one. Some of the features depend on the way you intend to use your car. Some bank on the terrain on which it is meant to be driven. Here are a few features that you should take into consideration when looking out for the best remote controlled cars:
- Off-road or on-road
- Size of the car as RC cars come in different sizes such as 1/7, 1/10, 1/16 and many others
- Electric or nitro cars
- Brushed or brushless cars
The Bottom Line
These were some of the leading remote controlled cars available on the market. All of them have different features and specifications and come with their own advantages and disadvantages. Some of these cars are suitable for the more experienced veteran drivers who have been part of the RC cars community for a long time while there are cars that are meant for the rookie novices who are new entrants into the realm of RC cars.