Genuine basketball enthusiasts are aware of the significant role played by Wilt Chamberlain in the sport. If you wish to be able to have more fun with your radio controlled cars, knowing the history of RC cars will enable you to better appreciate what you have now.
Tamiya Is Number One
This Japanese toy company was better known for producing plastic or die cast toys. In 1976, however, Tamiya was the first to produce toy cars that were defined as “suitable” for remote control. The prototypes of RC cars were crudely built, but they still sold rapidly.
Afterwards, Tamiya was able to improve and innovate by focusing less on scaling and more on the toys’ radio control feature. The new RC cars produced by the Japanese toy giant were better looking, tougher, customizable, easy to repair, and with more powerful engines. These RC cars sparked worldwide interest in the hobby. Classic products from the Tamiya RC car product line include the Blackfoot and the Hornet.
Schumacher (Not Michael)
The UK firm Schumacher made a splash in 1980 by introducing the use of ball differentials in RC cars. This improvement allowed RC car hobbyists to enjoy quicker and smoother maneuvering on and off the track. In 1986, it produced the all-powerful Competition All Terrain (CAT) vehicle, a recipient of numerous World Championships.
Associated Electrics Powers Out
In 1984, this company, based in Costa Mesa, California, manufactured the RC10 off-road electric racer. It was the first RC car that Associated Electrics produced which did not use nitromethane-powered engines and was not for on-road use. An RC car that’s built to last and endure, the RC10 had a sleeker design, was made from non-corrosive, aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, and with powerful shock absorbers and differential featuring. Its design and features quickly made it the electric king of off-road competition.
Gil Losi Jr. was born to a racing family which owned the famous Ranch Pit Shop R/C racetrack in California. Upon establishing Team Losi, Gil created the JRX-2, a buggy that was immediately set in competition against the RC car of Associated Electrics. Team Losi’s also credited for being the first to use all-natural rubber tires and creating a whole new RC car category: the 1/18 scale Mini-T electric vehicles for off-road use.
Other important RC car manufacturers are the U.S. based Traxxas and the Japanese firm Kyosho.
These fine old companies continue to dominate the racing scene up to the present. Racing any of their cars will instantly make you part of the great history of the RC car industry.