Electric RC Cars Guide

About Electric RC Cars

Electric RC Cars

Electric RC Cars

For those looking to get into remote controlled cars as a hobby or simply want to buy someone a fun gift there are electric RC cars. These are cars that are powered by a chargeable battery that can propel the car around your front room, driveway or even your garden with ease. They are great fun to play with and can offer an easy entry into the overall hobby which is a lot larger – see Nitro Cars and Petrol RC Cars.

If you are looking to buy a fun gift for your son, daughter, niece of nephew for christmas or simply want a new hobby then the electric remote controlled cars are just the ticket. On this page we look at a number of the best starting with the ready to run (RTR) models covering everything from 1:24 scale down to 1:8 scale. We then look at the self assembly models as well as the parts to a car and the benefits. There is a lot on this page that we hope will help people buy the right car for whatever their needs are. Let us get started.

Recommended Electric RC Cars – Ready to Run

Below are a number of ready to run electric RC cars with one covering each scale. There are many more available from our recommenede merchant. You can learn more about that by clicking here.

1:24 Scale – Bigfoot Electric RC Truck – RTR Abaddon

Bigfoot Electric RC Truck Adaddon

Bigfoot Electric RC Truck Adaddon

The Bigfoot 1/24 Electric RC Truck is one of the smallest in the electric RC car world. It is a 1:24 scale with dimensions of 165mm long by 128mm wide and 70mm tall. As you can see it looks great especially with its monster truck tyres which can give amazing grip. This four-wheel drive off road vehicle will be easy to control no matter where you drive it.

This is the perfect car for children to begin their interest or for any adult just dipping their toes into the RC world. It has an easy to charge 4.8v 220mAh battery (charger is included) and a brushed motor. It is only 172g which helps make it really easy to control which also helps make it ideal for beginners.

Everyone must start somewhere and for those who aren’t sure or want something smaller and easier to maintain this is most definitely the car.

 

1:18 Scale – Lizard 4WD Electric RC Trophy Truck

Lizard 4WD Electric RC Trophy Truck

Lizard 4WD Electric RC Trophy Truck

For those after a slightly larger model there is the 1:18th scale car called the Lizard 4WD Electric RC Trophy Truck which has to go down as the most interestingly names car available. While it looks great there is far more to this vehicle than just looks. It is a four-wheel drive ready to run car powered by a brushed RC370 motor and a 7.2V 1100mAh battery.

The dimensions are 295mm long by 168mm wide and 115mm tall. Bigger than the previous vehicle this model is just as nippy on both on and off-road as well as the living room carpet if needs must. It looks great with its quirky shell and moves really well for a car of this size. It is another great starter car for those looking to get into RC Cars. It also makes a great addiction to any car collection. We recommend you look at our full review for a lot more detail.

 

1:16 Scale – Hunter Truggy – Electric Radio Controlled Cars 2.4GHz

Hunter Truggy – Electric Radio Controlled Cars 2.4GHz

Hunter Truggy – Electric Radio Controlled Cars 2.4GHz

If you are looking for a four-wheel drive (4WD) electric powered car that can travel off-road as well as on then this is a good place to start. This 1:16 Scale car is the Hunter Truggy – Electric Radio-Controlled Car which as you can see looks great. For those looking to start the hobby or those looking to increase their collection this car is a good way to do it.

This is a great car coming as it does adjustable suspension, aluminium suspension towers, oil shocks, waterproof ESC and a high precision waterproof receiver and servo. It has a RC 380 Engine (this is a brushed engine) which for the size of car is really quite powerful and on top of all that it looks great.

As 1:16 doesn’t really tell you to much the dimensions are 280mm long by 191mm wide and 110mm high. It is a lovely little RC vehicle which has so much to it. Check out our full review for further details.

1:12 Scale – HSP 1:12 Scale 2WD Electric RC Buggy – Brushed Version

HSP 2WD Electric RC Buggy – Brushed Version

HSP 2WD Electric RC Buggy – Brushed Version

If you are looking for an affordable low cost RC Car to start your hobby with then this is a great option. It is the 1:12 scale HSP 2WD Electric RC Car which comes with a good number of features considering the price.

As well as being two wheel drive this buggy has a powerful Li-Po battery and a brushed motor helping to make it fast and fun. It has a 2.4Ghz transmitter so other peoples cars will not interrupt your fun. It also has suspension perfect for all your off-road adventures. This is a cheap electric rc car but that shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing. It is a great value for money vehicle that will give you hours of fun.

Check out our full review but let me just say you cannot go far wrong with this buggy. It has everything you could want from a chargeable remote controlled car. Please note this car is ready to run.

 

1:10 Scale – Bug Crusher Electric RC Monster Truck

Bug Crusher Electric RC Monster Truck

Bug Crusher Electric RC Monster Truck

When it comes to a 1:10 scale there really is only one we want to talk about – the Bug Crusher Electric RC Monster Truck which as you can see looks awesome. This truck takes your hobby to the next level without breaking the bank. This car is fantastically affordable. It is delivered ready to run but is fully upgradeable. In fact, this truck doesn’t just look great but is filled with quality throughout.

This truck includes a 2.4Ghz controller, aluminium centre drive shaft, aluminium capped oil filled shocks, performance differentials, aluminium radio tray and so much more – you get the point, don’t you? It is 400mm long by 160mm tall by 300mm wide. It is four-wheel drive powered by a brushed RC540 motor. Oh and just for the record it weighs in at 1530g. If you want to know more about this electric RC truck, then check out our full review where we offer you even more detail and the chance to buy.

1:9 Scale – Circuit Thrash – 1:9 Scale RC Monster Truck – Brushless Version

Circuit Thrash RC Monster Tuck

Circuit Thrash RC Monster Tuck

One of the two models available the this is the Circuit Thrash 1:9 Scale RC monster Truck that comes with a brushless motor. This makes it a little more powerful which is why we chose to recommend this particular model. They are very similar particularly in looks which as you can see are very impressive.

This is a upgraded version of the brushless version which you can also get through our recommended merchant. This has a 2700KV brushless motor a 35A brushless ESC with fan assisted heat sink. Along with all that it has a 7.4V 2200mAh 25C lithium polymer battery. The brushless motor gives a lot more power than the brushed version so for a few pounds more we would recommend this model. It is of course up to you.

It has the pretty standard 2.4Ghz radio equipment that allows you to work your car without any interference from anyone else’s equipment. It is a full assembled ready to run model that only requires 4x AAA batteries for the radio equipment.

Just for the record it is two-wheel drive (2WD) and is officially classified as an off-road vehicle. Just look at those wheel treads. Of course, it can still be used on road. Check out our full review for more detail.

1:8 Scale – Werewolf Brushless Electric RC Buggy

Werewolf Brushless Electric RC Buggy

Werewolf Brushless Electric RC Buggy

The Werewolf Brushless Electric RC Buggy is the kind of vehicle everyone loves. It is a 1:8 Scale electric radio-controlled car that is brightly coloured and amazingly fast. It looks great which will get a lot of people’s attention but there is a lot more to it than just looks.

The car itself is 1:8th scale ready to run four-wheel drive car and as you can see from the picture it has stunning looks and wonderfully large wheels. This is an on-road vehicle which you can tell from the grip on the types amongst other things.

The buggy is 185mm in height, 505mm long and 310mm wide and weighs in at 3000g (3kgs). It has a brushless motor with a 11.1V Li-Po battery with charger and comes with a 2.4Ghz radio transmitter.

This car is recommended for ages 14 years and upwards.

Recommended Electric RC Cars – Self Build

1:10 Scale – Raptor RC Electric Truggy Brushed Version

Self Build Raptor RC Electric Truggy - Brushed Version

Self Build Raptor RC Electric Truggy – Brushed Version

The most affordable of all the self build electric cars is the Raptor RC Electric Truggy which is a powerful speed machine. As you can see it has monster wheels that help its performance and a brushed 540 motor to help propele it around the track. It is officially a four wheel drive (4WD) off-road vehicle but in our opinion it can also drive on road if all you have is a drive or garden.

The dimensions are 330mm wide by 140mm in height and 410mm long which probably makes a little more sense to you than just knowing it is a 1:10 scale. With its 2.4Ghz radio and its 7.2V Ni-Mh Tamiya battery you will get a great education in how these machines go together. The detailed instructions that are provided will help too.

There is not a great range of self build electric RC cars available but being the most affordable and so good looking we felt it was well worth including. Click on the link below for a full review.

1:8 Scale – GS Racing CLXE 1/8th Electric RC Buggy KIT

Another of the great self-build kits available is the GS Racing CLXE Electric RC Buggy Kit which results in the wonderful vehicle you can see in the picture. It comes with detailed instructions to allow you to put it together yourself and learn exactly how these things tick.

The vehicle is a 1/8th Scale off-road four-wheel drive buggy that has the speed and power you want from any electric vehicle. It looks great with its blue and white shell but offers far more. With this kit you get to learn how they come together as well as the fun of actually driving it once construction is complete.

If you are looking to learn how an electric RC car is put together we strongly recommend building one for yourself. There is no better way to learn in life that through personal experience and that is what an investment in this kit will give you.

Electric RC Cars – The Main Parts

 

Wheels
The most identifiable part of any car is the wheels. We all know what they are but perhaps do not realise how important they can be. If you buy an off-road car it is designed to go around dirt tracks. For this reason, you will want to ensure that it has good grip. This isn’t such a problem for on-road vehicles, but it is always good to have a car that is easy to control.

Chassis
The chassis is basically the frame. You will not need to know too much about this but just be aware of it. If you are talking about a toy car, then the car will be sealed. If it is a ‘hobby grade’ electric RC car, then you will be able to get access to all the parts of the car by removing the shell etc. Just bear that in mind.

Motor
Motors can be either brushed or brushless. This refers to the internal workings of the motor which surprisingly either have little brushes or not. The motors that come without brushes are generally much more powerful although in electric RC vehicles a brushed motor can be plenty especially if the vehicle is on the smaller side.

Battery
Batteries are another aspect that is important to know something about. Before buying your remote controlled car it is important to know you are getting a good battery. The better the battery the longer the car will run for.

Servo
The servo is the little part found on the car that controls the steearing. When you turn the wheel on the controller it sends a message to the receiver which activates the servo to move the wheels. The car then turns just like the real thing.

Receiver
As we said above the receiver is the part of the car that receives input from the controller. It then sends the signal to the part of the car that needs to respond. This could be the servo or the motor.

Controller
The controller is what you hold in your hand. It allows you to travel forwards and backwards as well as turn the car left and right. You can choose forwards by pulling your finger back like you would fire a gun. To reverse you would push your finger in the oposite direction. The design allows the controller to be controlled with just one finger. You can then use your other hand to turn the wheel which controls whether the car turns to the right or left.

 

Benefits of Electric RC Cars

There are many benefits to buying an Electric RC Car. So many in fact that we have decided to list a few of the most important benefits so you can see just how amazing the chargeable variety of cars can be.

There are Many Models of Car Available
One of the best things about electric radio-controlled cars is that there are just so many to choose from. No matter your age, your sex, your taste or your experience with the cars in the past there will be something to suit your wants and needs.

Some people like to get a small 1:24 scale chargeable car. It may be a child’s first RC car. Others may have had one as a child but now grown up they want a slightly larger more powerful one to ensure their own son or daughter doesn’t beat them round their garden. Whatever your reason for wanting one there is sure to be a model for you.

Electric RC Car Prices are Competitive
Moving on from the point made above no matter what model you decide upon the prices are excellent. This is partly because of mass production but also because sales are so good that it pushes the prices down.

In fact, a low price helps bring the price down and keep it down. An affordable car will always prove popular driving further sales and so the circle continues. An affordable price is always going to be within reach of a child saving their pocket money. The same cannot be said for a petrol RC Car which is a lot more expensive.

Idea for a Newbie to the Hobby – Including Children
We all need a good hobby to give us some down time from the stresses of life. Even a child needs a favourite toy to play with. One that gives them something to occupy them once their homework is done. No matter what your age you need a hobby, and this is as good a hobby as any.

Progressing to Nitro and Petrol cars is an obvious one as you get older, but it doesn’t mean you have to. If you are happy with chargeable RC Cars, then that’s fine. There are plenty of them and they are affordable as we have mentioned above. If you get fun from them then that is all that matters.

Easy to Charge
One of the best things about the electric chargeable variety of remote-controlled car is that they are easy to charge. Actually, we should probably say they are safer too as there is no need to pour in fuel as you do with nitro and petrol-powered cars. Both fuels are a fire hazard so extra car needs to be taken. An electric car is simply charged by plugging it in at home to the mains. While this is could be a problem for some younger children an adult will of course help, and it is still far safer than a car with fuel. Once plugged in it sill charge just like a phone or shaver.

Includes Ready to Run and Self Build
As well as the sheer number of different models available on the market there is also a variety of types of car. There is the standard car for those who just want to open the box, charge the car and drive it round their garden. There are also self-build electric RC cars which hare fantastic for those who want to learn a little more about how they fit together and work.

Learning how a car like this works is a good way of learning more for when you progress to Nitro Cars and Petrol Cars. You are always going to be more confident with fuelling a car when you know what all the parts are and how they work. A self-build car will allow you to understand what a receiver, a servo and shocks are. It took me a while.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How do I charge my car?

Answer: Answer: Any car under the Electric RC Car umbrella is charged in the mains. This is as simple as plugging it in as you would a mobile phone of an electric shaver. Check the instructions to confirm the length of charge needed.

Question: What type of battery will my car have?

Answer: This varies from car to car. It is best to check before you buy. Anyone of our full reviews will mention this in the specification e.g. Rechargeable 4.8v 220mAh with UK charger.

Question: How big will my Electric RC Car be?

Answer: Electric RC Cars can vary in size. One indicator is the scale which can go from 1:8 scale meaning the car is an 8th of the full-size car right through to 1:24 scale. The larger the number the smaller the car.

The downside with this is that you cannot work out the exact size without knowing the size of the full-sized car. It is therefore best to check the dimensions which are available within our full reviews.

Question: Where can I find Electric RC Cars for Sale?

Answer: All of the cars that we have reviewed above are available to buy through our recommended online retailer. They have been in the industry for many years and supply a large variety of makes and models as well as offering great customer service including after sale service.