Radio controlled cars have truly come a long way from being just the toy kids got for their birthdays. Today, it has evolved into a serious hobby that has attracted the attention of racers and builders alike. They can now go faster, longer, and more accurately than ever.
If you are new to the hobby, radio controlled sprint cars are a good place to start. These 1/10 sized models of real sports cars can offer years of competitive fun and endless modification goodness. Here are some tips for you to consider when choosing a beginners radio controlled sprint car.
1. Chassis. The radio controlled car will be subjected to hundreds of crashes, spinouts, bumps and abuse throughout its lifespan. You have to make sure it has a tough chassis to keep up with this damage. Most sprint cars have a chassis that are made of plastic composites.
Good chassis do not bend or flex when pressured. Make sure that it can absorb damage without compromising the car’s performance. Foam bumpers are a plus to protect against impacts.
2. Suspension. A good suspension system is necessary for the car to absorb punishment from crashes and falls. Different radio controlled sprint cars have different suspension systems. It is best to look for those that can be modified and tuned to your desires. Also, they should be able to absorb curb attacks and keep the car running smoothly.
3. Radio Equipment. Make sure that the radio equipment for your sprint car is top notch. Check for response and coverage. The car should react instantaneously to the controller and should be relatively free from external radio interference. The controller itself should allow smooth handling of the car. Avoid cheap equipment that sticks when used.
4. Performance. Take the sprint car for a test drive before purchasing it. Mark its speed, (mid-range sprint cars go for about 20 mph) for benchmarking. Speed may not really be an issue, so you don’t really have to go for the expensive speed devils, but it is also important to note. Take close note of its handling, however.
To test for this, give the car a run on a smooth surface first. Test left and right steering response (they should be calibrated equally). Check the braking and reversing as well. Note if you notice any gear skipping as a result of the experiment try running the car on a slightly rough surface to get a feel for its suspension. Make sure that the car still runs smoothly.