The Difference Between Nitro and Electric Powered RC Cars

The RCC racing industry has two major categories – the electric and gasoline-powered cars. These two options have significant differences, and that explains why there are different racing categories for both of them. Let’s take a closer look at each group.

Gasoline Powered RC Cars

As the name suggests, these little cars come complete with an engine, gas tank and exhaust system. They burn a gasoline-like fuel called nitro, and some even come with a remote starter like that of a diesel engine. When you hit the power button, the battery turns the crankshaft until the motor pulls fuel, breathing life into the motor.

Newer RC cars come preloaded with sensors that keep the driver updated on speed, temperature, and battery voltage on the remote’s display. The fuel tank lasts about 10 minutes of high-speed driving, but you can refill it in a couple of seconds using a squeeze bottle.

Electric Radio Controlled Cars

The electric car revolution has also hit the RCC world. This tech replaces the nitro-powered engine with an electric motor. Brushless and brushed motors are more powerful and efficient than gasoline-powered ones. And, they are generally easier to upgrade compared to nitro engines. The only catch with this category is charging times. However, that can be easily solved with fast charging and an extra battery.

Electric RC cars are available in on and off-road versions. Off-road models have a particular suspension system that can take punishment from rocks, gravel and muddy patches without any issues. On-road versions, on the other hand, are built for speed so you can expect faster acceleration and better handling on smooth surfaces such as pavements.

In conclusion, the choice of RC car depends on what’s popular in the places you go to a race. Most clubs allow only one type of engine to race at any given time, which can be an inconvenience if you have the wrong model.