Talk:Radio-controlled car

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Account of edit[edit]

edited the Nitro vs. Electric section to better reflect the choice. Encyclopedia articles should not promote one over the other -- Justin Mahn

Why was this article radically culled?[edit]

This article used to have much more depth and interest, for some reason it has been radically culled. Any good reason for this? TiHead 12:12, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

Improving this article[edit]

Who thinks this is in need of a re-roder and a reworking?

It's not too bad as is but could be much better. Perhaps we could have articles on each type of class. I'd happily take up rallycross as a sponsored driver. I know a fair bit about MT's so could do that if no-one more knowledgeable is about.

It seems atm I can't make a decent contrib without people making silly edits and I agree with last comment. I thought I might as well take this up on debate so we can all work it towards something decent. --Glypo 11:21, 13 April 2006 (UTC)

Can someone verify that a hobby-grade vehicle can cost $1500??StevesGroup (talk) 22:56, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

I can't verify this as I don't have the time to figure this out myself but a fully kitted out 1:8 pan car cost well over $2000 and they are not called the "F1 of R/C cars" for nothing considering its long history and its speed. Donnie Park (talk) 16:44, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Speed record[edit]

I originally though that Cliff Lett's record had been mistaken as official, and edited it. I eventually found this article confirming that it is legit. I thought I'd leave it here to avoid future confusion. — Soupisgoodfood 10:29, 19 May 2006 (UTC)

Slot car ancestry[edit]

It seems pretty obvious to me that hobby RC car racing has its roots in slot car racing, but there's no mention of slot cars at all in the article ... just a little inspiration for any potential "history of" editors. I'm too young to have ever gotten into slot car racing, but lots of the older racers at my local hobby shop still race them, and indeed got into RC racing when it was the "new thing". I'd love to do some research and elaborate in the article, but I'll be focusing on giving the RC10 series its own page, for the time being. Static3d 03:49, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

external links[edit]

can we discuss what external links this article should contain as it looks like people are just adding stuff in thats not really relavant to the article, see Wikipedia:External links--The penfool 09:25, 4 October 2006 (UTC) ps sorry i cant type.

right got rid of all these links cuz while they may be nice websites they dont belong here.--The penfool 09:16, 6 October 2006 (UTC) Can someone remove the external link to the artist. Totally superfluous. — Preceding unsigned comment added by StevesGroup (talkcontribs) 22:52, 27 March 2013 (UTC)



This article certainly is curtailed to make electric RC cars seem better than nitro. Parts of this article are most likely written or edited by individuals with electric RC cars trying to justify their purchase. I’m putting the Neutral point of view tag on this article.

Delete the NPOV. This article is neutral. In any case, fuel cars produces greenhouse gases (contamination, pollution). --Nopetro 21:31, 13 May 2007 (UTC)


"Delete the NPOV": Whoever you are, the production and waste of electronics generate plenty of pollution. Discussion of Fuel and Electric transportation pollutions do not belong in the scope of this article. At the very most, insert your concern as a link to a relevant article in the descriptions of Nitro vs. Electric in the article. You need to understand that advocation of your favorite form of RC--and discussion against your least favorite--is also out of the scope of this article.

Remove the Neutrality tag.[edit]

Please!StevesGroup 16:42, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

External link suggestion[edit]

I'd like to suggest (title "Beginning RC") as a link that explains the basics of radio controlled vehicles for readers who are 100% new to the hobby. However, as I own the site, I won't add it myself due to Wikipedia:Conflict of interest guidelines. Link was there previously (I now realize I should have suggested it, not added it), but removed inexplicably by, adding a site that required registration in its stead. TheJANG 08:11, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

Main Image[edit]

I have changed the main image to show a collection of cars by four different manufacturers. I hope no one minds, and this is not a reflection of the previous image. I will not take any offence if someone changes the image again, as long as its a badass car/collection.Sennen goroshi 17:44, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

Steering slider[edit]

What's this? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mazarin07 (talkcontribs) 07:39, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Compressed air engine[edit]

What about compressed air engines ?. There are more motors than electric or fuel engines. --Mac (talk) 15:08, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

edited: there are no radio controlled models which run on compressed air. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:33, 3 July 2009 (UTC)

On-road images[edit]

Except for the toy model, there are no proper on-road photos. Does someone have a good 1:10th electric or 1:8th nitro to put up there in place of one of the trucks or buggies? — Soupisgoodfood (talk) 09:32, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

I've got an 8th scale on-road. I'm not sure how I would add it though... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Hjjfffaa (talkcontribs) 00:59, 3 July 2009 (UTC)

Toy class advantages section.[edit]

The toy class section seems unorganized and strangely composed compared to the rest of the article. Instead of listing the general characteristics and how they are advantageous of toy class RC cars, it lists a few toy class vehicles and some tidbits about them (most of the irrelivent). Example:"A toy R/C Lincoln Navigator brought to market in 2005 featured scale detail, full interior, chrome "dub" spinner rims, working show car lights, and even a fully programmable, built-in mp3 player used to emulate a high-powered stereo system. ""The "Shell Shocker" is a spherical, paddle-driven, all-terrain vehicle whose configuration can be changed by radio control. It was inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise and is sold by Tyco R/C."

These two sentences have no mention of how the features are advantageous and instead read like a promotion or advertisement. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Splew (talkcontribs) 06:25, 25 December 2008 (UTC)


This whole article is a mess and needs to be re-done. Mainly because it is obviously aimed towards the American readers, prices in dollars, American terms (gas, fuellie)...etc. And as pointed out previously, is geared to make electric powered vehicles more appealing than nitro. And the lack of pictures showing the different styles of R/C cars, buggies, truggies, trucks etc available. Kev1980 (talk) 05:23, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

Article seems out of date[edit]

This article does not contain any references to recent (2005 and later) advances in RC car tech, nor does it mention or show any examples of modern RC cars since the HPI E-Savage (2007). It also seems to exclude a lot of information on Electric RC cars, and barely even mentions them at all. Finally, this article seems to be too narrow in the kinds (classes) of RC cars. The missing classes are: Buggies (1/10 Electric), Monster Trucks (1/10 scale Nitro, 1/8 Scale Nitro), Truggies (All), Pan-Chassis/Oval Cars (All), Touring Cars (1/8 Scale Nitro), Unusual vehicles (Axon Racing Razorback AGR, Custom indeterminate class vehicles), Short Course (All), Rock Crawlers (All). (talk) 22:43, 1 October 2009 (UTC) - Non-member user

  • Being worked on my me ATM, only for the major competition classes. Watch this space. Donnie Park (talk) 10:45, 2 May 2015 (UTC)

Technical information needed[edit]

This article badly needs a technical section. For instance, what are the battery voltages used? How much current/power is used at full throttle (battery vehicles)? What are the RC frequencies? 25MHz, 75MHz, and 2.4GHz? The servo's are all driven with PWM; what is the pulse rate? (2.8KHz in one I measured; what is the range?) What is the duty cycle range (20-85% I heard), but how does this vary by Tx/Rx/Servo mfr? What voltage are these PWM pulses? 5V? 3V? (What is min/max?) What is the failure mode for out-of range? What are typical ranges? How fast do the servo's slew? The electric cars all brake, right? What about the Tx? Two joysticks, each restricted to one axis? Do these vehicles go backwards or just stop when the joystick is pulled down? I assume these all have two different RF channels, one for throttle and one for steering? Are there other channels used (back telemetry -reading speed, fuel remaining, etc.)? I was hoping to find answers here, alas. (talk) 01:25, 30 November 2009 (UTC)

In case: when it needs some repair, The circuit and PCB layout diagrams are essential, — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:29, 18 April 2017 (UTC)

Repeat vandalism by unidentified IPs[edit]

I was looking at the edit history for this article and noticed that several anonymous IPs have been repeatedly vandalizing the page in the past month. Would it be possible to get the page semi-protected until the problem is resolved?

Pocket PC 2000 (talk) 22:31, 9 January 2012 (UTC)

"R/C" vs. "RC"[edit]

Why does this article use "R/C"? Radio-controlled model uses "RC". --Mortense (talk) 18:05, 4 August 2012 (UTC)


Much of this tripe needs revising, how is El-Gi (Elettronica Giocattoli) the first R/C car brand in 1966 when 1/8 scale pan-cars came into existence in the US by then? No wonder why most of the general public associate R/C cars with running them randomly in empty car parks. Donnie Park (talk) 18:45, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

IFMAR section[edit]

why is there no information on IFMAR? Considering the page itself does not have any info or headings regarding IFMAR, id suggest adding on to the "modern developments section" including information about the modern day racing scene and its IFMAR schedule.Connorfulbright (talk) 22:29, 22 October 2017 (UTC)9/22/17 Connor Fulbright