When a pilot drives an RC car for the first time, it is more than likely that he will end up hooked on the fascinating world of radio control and consider the option of getting his own vehicle. But what is your surprise to discover that in addition to electric RC cars there are also - and for a longer time, in fact - so-called gasoline RC cars. The difference between the two is very clear. The first has an electric motor while the second uses an internal combustion engine. Things get complicated when it's time to find out the advantages and possible disadvantages of driving an electric RC vehicle and a gasoline one. Here is a comparison between electric RC cars and gasoline RC cars that can help.

Type of motor

The most striking feature of gasoline radio-controlled cars is found in the heat engine they have. Although it seems, at first, that this engine is powered by gasoline or diesel as it happens in real vehicles today, in reality, the fuel is nitro - a combination of nitromethane, methanol, and oil. And if filling the tank of a real car is as simple as going to the nearest gas station, in the case of scale vehicles we need to have basic notions of mechanics and know-how to carbureted.

That is, take into account how the weather can affect our vehicle as well as the amount of air and fuel it must contain. For its part, the motor of an electric remote control car is sufficient for the electricity generated by the battery that it has inside. Here we find two types of motor: the motor with brushes (brushed) and the motor without a brush (brushless). In practice, the difference between one and the other resides in the vehicle's controllability, the former being simpler than the latter.


As the engines are different, it is logical that the speed also varies. Traditionally, gasoline-powered RC cars have been considered the fastest scale vehicles, although in recent years electric radio-controlled vehicles capable of reaching the high speeds of the former have been developed. Electric RC cars also have higher acceleration peaks. Autonomy in terms of the time spent driving an RC car, thermal motor vehicles win over those with an electric motor. With just a 5-liter bottle of nitro fuel, you can roll your vehicle for hours. The autonomy of electric RC cars depends, however, on the energy that the battery is capable of storing, which is usually between 7 and 30 minutes, hence the essential requirement to carry 2 batteries.


And once you've equipped the car with fuel or multiple batteries, it's time to get running. In the case of RC cars with internal combustion engines, after having properly carbureted them, it is time to practice filming. What does it mean? That your vehicle must consume at least 3 fuel tanks while idling, thus ensuring that all parts fit correctly. Skipping this step will reduce the life of your radio control motor. For their part, electric RC cars are ideal for those newcomers to the world of remote control driving. Both the motor and the fact of equipping a single steering servo facilitate driving. And forget about waiting to run. Your vehicle will be ready after putting in the battery.


Finally, take into account where these vehicles should be driven. Those with a heat engine require a lot of asphalt, while the electric ones can be driven both on asphalt and on land. And if you thought dust is harmful to your electric RC car, internal combustion vehicles actually require more maintenance. In these, the exhaust pipe is usually impregnated with oil and ends up getting dirty.

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