Nitro RC Cars and Petrol RC Cars Guide
Welcome to SimplyRCCars, on this site you can learn about Nitro rc cars, petrol and drift radio controlled cars which are all on sale from different UK retailers as well as our reviews of many different remote control cars, trucks and buggies.
Whether you are new to this superb hobby or researching what to invest in next, please read what we have below and our other articles through this site. There are three main types of RC cars which are electric, nitro and petrol so have a read of our guide near the bottom on what the differences are.
Here are our favorite Nitro Vehicles -
Self Build Condor RC Buggy
First comes the self build nitro rc buggy kit that has been a best seller since it was released nearly2 years ago and a fantastic way to learn how nitro cars and buggies work. Customers who have reviewed this buggy kit have given is so many 5 out of 5’s, there is no hint of this falling from the top spot.
These a so much fun to build and come with everything you need to build, learn and race your new nitro buggy. If you enjoyed Lego as a kid, then you will love this as it takes a good few hours to build, then the racing fun begins.
Inside the box you receive, you get a detailed manual on how to put this nitro rc buggy together with very clear step by step photos’s, all the parts needed as well as all the tools, lastly grease and oil.
This nitro buggy is extremely fast, capable of off road racing with a strong alloy chassis, shaft driven 4WD system and oil filled shock absorbers. The engine is a powerful Team Infinity.
NB16 Nitro RC Buggy
As you may know, nitro cars come in a variety of differnet scales such as 1/8th, 1/10th and 1/16th scale which are classed as mini nitro’s such as this NB16 Mini Nitro Buggy.
This mini nitro is half the size of its 1/8th scale brothers and sisters but with the same fun and features, all built into a mini monster. You can race these around the garden as they are smaller, maybe the local pub or park. They are powerful, very fast and very cute to.
As mentioned, this NB16 nitro comes with a great range of features from aluminium oil filled shock absorbers, 4WD shaft driven system, Powerful GO .06 engine. See also Drift RC Cars like the Flying Fish drift rc car.
Electric Remote Control Cars
As you can tell , electric remote control cars on sale run on a battery and are the variety of models you would have had as a kid or if you are still young, maybe have had as a present from your parents.
They run on a battery as already mentioned and can come fully built or you can find several different self build model kits online. Have a look at our self build page for more information on what’s available.
When you first receive your model, you will need to charge up the battery for a while before you can use it. This is done by plugging it into a mains socket in your home, then once fully charged you area ready to race. There’s usually no other configuration to do, apart from adding batteries to receive and transmitter but you will find full instructions for your particular model in the box itself.
Electric radio controlled (as well as nitro rc cars be it cars, trucks or buggies are very fast and can come as on road or off road varieties so capable or running on concrete if they are on road, or off-road meaning they can take on grass, sand and dirt.
The running time as in how long the battery will last before it needs recharging will depend on the vehicle itself and the battery. Very quiet compared to nitro and petrol rc cars, you can play with these outdoors without disturbing your neighbours with any noise. Great for beginners, of pretty much any age so a good way to start to learn about rc cars in general.
Nitro RC Cars
Once you have learnt all you can about the electric cousins of this range of models, you can move upwards to nitro remote control cars which as you can tell by the name, run on nitro fuel instead of a rechargeable batter as electric models to.
If you have a gadget or technical background, these maybe more interesting to you as a starting point rather then electric models as they do require a certain amount of time to get them started and maintain and repair them as time goes on, just like you do with your family car you drive.
As mentioned, these run on nitro fuel and are just scaled down models of real cars including shock absorbers, an engine, carburettor, exhaust and so on. The fuel itself you purchase from your local model shop so always best to make sure you have some spare so you do not run out when your model shop is shut.
To get a nitro car started, you use what’s called a run in procedure which you can find more info on, on our running in procedure article. Basically though, you need to make sure the fuel flows through the engine and removes any remains from when they engine was made. It also lubricates the engine and runs it in so it works smoothly, without a proper running in procedure a nitro model will not work properly, will stall a lot and not give the optimum performance that it will give once it has been run in properly.
Nitro remote control vehicles are much noisier than electric models so running it in your neighbourhood is ok, but an open area such as the local park of some kind of flat open area is better. Best of all a custom built rc race track where you can meet other rc enthusiasts.
Petrol RC Cars
These are the big daddy of the RC Hobby area coming in at 1/8th scales as a normal scale size and instead of running on nitro fuel, run on actual unleaded petrol that your family car runs on. – View our Petrol RC Guide here.
I won’t get into to much depth here as many visitors to our site are looking for actual models and already have the knowledge. Saying that, it is worth knowing that they use a combination or 2 stoke oil and the unleaded petrol so fuel the vehicles. They require maintenance and repairs when the time comes so good for people who are already used to having nitro cars and gained experience.