Intro to R/C Cars and Trucks

So you or someone you know is interested in getting into R/C cars but have no idea where to start. Real R/C cars are a step up from the Walmart brand remote control cars and have the features to prove it. These R/C units have more power, customizability, and longevity (to name a few) than their cheaper counterparts. With all those upgrades you may be asking yourself “What is the best R/C car for me or my kid”? Well, there are a few factors and different types of R/C cars that accommodate all types of r/c users from beginner to intermediate users. 

What kind of R/C Unit Is Best For You?

The first thing to think about when considering what type of R/C car you want is to think about how you want to use it. Are you looking for speed? Off road handling? A mixture of both? Let’s rank the cars from speed to terrain.

On Road Only-

These cars and trucks are made for one thing: Speed. They need to be on pavement or asphalt to be used, and will not work well on off road surfaces.

R/C Cars

Street Cars– These types of R/C cars are made for one thing: Speed. These cars look like the real thing but in a smaller package. Can only be used on pavement.

Street Cars

Drift Cars – Made with slick tires and can slide around curves. These cars are fast and fun but can take a while to get used to.

Drift Cars

Rally cars – Closest you can get to an R/C car that can handle street conditions and dirt tracks. Best for light off roading.


Blend Of Offroad and on road

These cars can handle any terrain you throw at them whether it’s on the track or off the beaten path.


Buggies –These r/c cars are what started the R/C car trend. They can handle dirt tracks and mild off road conditions, but won’t do well in high grass or rocky terrain. These bad boys will still handle well on the pavement and can reach higher speeds while allowing for user control.


(Truggies/ Stadium Trucks ) These trucks are a good blend of on and off-road handling. Can reach high speeds and handles dirt and grass well.

Off Road –

These cars, buggies, and trucks are good for off road and dirt paths. The tires and suspension are made to handle different terrains. 

R/C Trucks

Monster trucks- Great for any off-road terrain you can throw at it, but doesn’t handle well at high speeds. These bad boys are great for the monster truck lover in you.

Monster trucks

Rock Crawler- This is a buggy with a more intense suspension that can handle anything you throw at it. The only drawback? Lower speeds

Now that you have an idea of what kind of R/C unit you want there are a few other things that need to be discussed.

Other Things You’ll Need To Know

-Fuel and Power

There are two ways to make your remote control cars and trucks go. Batteries or a special gas blend for R/C cars and trucks.


-Gives R/C unit a quick “get up and go” or fast acceleration

-Low maintenance

-Can be recharged and have a longer life

-Limited run time

Gas or Nitro

-R/C Units have longer run times

-Can refuel your r/c car immediately

-Need to buy the gas



Brush Motor- Cost effective but don’t allow for as much power. Generally, last up to 6 months to a year with heavy R/C use.

Brushless – These motors put out more power and have a longer shelf life. They may cost a little bit more, but the return on your r/c car can be worth it.


Steering and controlling your car isn’t going to be easy at first. It will take practice and patience as you figure out the controls. You may take to it naturally, or you may need a little bit of time to get good at it.

So if you or a loved one want to get into the exciting world of r/c cars and trucks let our experts here at Nankin Hobby help! We will answer any questions or concerns you may have and get you paired up with the right R/C unit for you.