The term radio controlled car ratio can refer to two things: it could be about car scales or the pulse proportional. Whichever you’re interested in learning, both explanations shall be provided anyhow.
Radio Controlled Car Ratio: 1:10 or Something Else?
These numbers don’t require you to perform mathematical equations in order to win a race so stop worrying. Rather, when a radio controlled car is described to be 1:10 or 1/10, this simply means that the radio controlled vehicle you’re holding is ten times smaller than an actual car. Keep in mind however that the majority of purpose-built racing vehicles do not possess accurate scaling.
Races are not only classified according to the radio controlled car ratio but also according to the track condition and engine or motor type. Examples of standard radio controlled car races are as follows:
1:12, Electric, and On-Road – For this race, your car must have an electric engine, with a 1:12 scale, and be suitable for on-the-road use. On-the-road use is simpler to navigate in than off-track conditions, and this is why most on-road radio controlled cars, regardless of their ratio or scale, are not as tough or durable as off-road RC cars. Electric radio controlled car models are also simpler to use because their engines stay cleaner longer and are easier to maintain than fuel-powered cars. Rear wheel Drive Cam Am-bodied cars are an example of the type of radio controlled cars eligible for this type of race.
1:10, Nitro, Off-Road – As for this race, the type of car qualified to join should have a 1:10 scale, using a nitro engine, and be able to negotiate off-road conditions. Novices will not be particularly suited for this race category because of two reasons: off-road conditions will require more driving experience; secondly, nitro cars are harder to maneuver because they’re heavier; and thirdly, nitro engines are more difficult to maintain than electric models.
At times, races may also have space and noise requirements so a 1:10 radio controlled model can’t always expect to qualify for all races that are for cars with a 1:10 scale. The IFMAR, the world’s leading authority in RC car racing, provides clear-cut rules for races. If the race you’re considering joining isn’t part of the IFMAR calendar, simply discuss any problems you may have with the racing coordinators.
Radio Controlled Car Ratio: Pulse Proportional
Also known as the Galloping Ghost, the pulse proportional of your radio controlled car, for a simpler definition, makes it easier for your car to complete turns and generally leads to better racing performance.
We hope you learned what you needed to know about RC car ratio. Good luck at the race: ka-chow!