You probably already know if you have a car nut in the house. From the time a child picks up a block, it becomes a speeding race car complete with ‘zoom-zoom’ and ‘vroom-vroom.’ If a cartoon, a book, or a movie has a car theme, it becomes an immediate favorite. 

 These are the kids who naturally gravitate to a fast, radio-controlled car by their early teens. Alas, an RC super-fast car will have to do until the magical age when they have a genuine driver’s license. In the meantime, check out the 11 fast RC cars in this review for the next special gift-giving occasion.

How to Pick the Best Super Fast RC Car

When it comes to fast radio-controlled (RC) cars, you probably already know whether your child is wishing and hoping for one of these speedy beauties. Each of the cars in this review is powered by brushless motors with various sizes of batteries and are controlled by 2.4GHz radios. Here are some factors to keep in mind when choosing the best model for your speedster.

1. Recommended Age

A few of these radio-controlled cars are for beginners as young as 6 years old. Most require a higher skill level and are for teenagers more than 14. Regardless of the age of the RC fast car driver, the speed of the cars makes adult supervision an absolute necessity.

2. Top Speed

Top speeds of these cars are impressive, but also potentially dangerous. While 30 mph might seem sedate to a driver of a full-sized car, it is truly awesome in a car 12 inches long. The speed is also difficult to control well. If the family cat or dog sees an RC car coming at them, there will be a lot of understandable panics. Walls, furniture, toes, and crawling siblings are all at risk. Outdoors is the only reliably safe place to drive a fast RC car. One thing to beware of is that many manufacturers list the actual speed rather than the scale speed because it seems faster.

3. sKILL LEVEL

Skill level is an essential part of judging a child’s readiness for handling a fast radio-controlled car. These cars all speed along at 30 mph and some can be modified to hit a speed of 100 mph. If the driver can’t control the care perfectly, serious injury to people, pets, and furniture will result. An adult should always be on hand to supervise children and teens when they drive. If the skill level is not listed by the manufacturer, the safe decision is to assume the car requires the maximum skill level of 10.

4. bATTERIES

There are a variety of batteries, both in size and type. Some cars come with no batteries at all; others include the base power modules. Changing the battery type and strength is the way the RC cars are powered up. Cars can go from 30 mph speeds up to 100 just by changing the battery strength. Without question, adults need to supervise these modifications.

5. pRODUCT dIMENSIONS

There is a considerable size difference among the fast RC cars. When combined with the speeds, a two-foot car can seem like a weapon. It is always wise to match the child to the size and power of the car.

6. wEIGHT

Weight is the third consideration when choosing a car. Size plus weight times speed can equal a car that is too powerful for some children.

The Winners

The following 11 RC cars have a variety of capabilities and designs. There is probably at least one which would fit your child to a Tee.

#1

Traxxas Ford GT

Best overall

This Traxxas offering is an officially licensed Traxxas Ford GT scale replica with 4WD 4-Tec 2.0 chassis. If your home driver likes authenticity, this car is a strong contender. A bonus is that the vehicle is waterproof XL-5 ESC with a Titan 12-turn motor with a watertight receiver box. This means no more worrying about the rain, the sprinkler, or tooling around the beach. Even the tires are upscale mounted on black chrome rims with replica brake discs and calipers. This 1/10 replica captures the magic of the flying buttress design of the car that won the Le Mans 24-hour race after a 50-year absence.

Recommended Ages: 14 +
Top Speed: 30+ mph
Skill Level: NL
Batteries: 8.4V NiMH or 2-cell LiPo battery and charger (sold separately)
Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 7.9 x 4.2 inches
Weight: 4 pounds

#2

Traxxas XO-1

Upgrade choice

Traxxas XO-1 is powerful, toy or not. It was the largest ever that thrust the car to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds. It can hit more than 100 mph with additional optional batteries. Right out of the package, the car will go more than 50 mph so it can hurt someone if mishandled. The XO has telemetry sensors, TQi 2.4 GHz radio with the wireless module and TSM stability management. Remember that you’ll need to order the batteries separately so you can enable the speed you desire by choosing the proper power source.

Recommended Ages: 16 +
Top Speed: 100 + mph with optional 3s LiPo batteries
Skill Level: 10, expert only
Batteries: Not included; must order separately
Product Dimensions: 27 x 11.6 x 5 inches
Weight: 14.45 pounds

#3

'70 Dodge Charger Jada Toys Fast & Furious

Best Budget Buy

The 1970 Dodge Charger replica based on the Fast & Furious movie franchise is made for the beginner. 70 Dodge Charger Jada Toys Fast & Furious may be for 6-year-olds, but it’s a real, fully functional radio-controlled vehicle with 2.4 GHz. The car has the same exterior styling as Dom and crew travel the world.

Recommended Ages: 6 +
Top Speed: NL
Skill Level: NL
Batteries: AAA batteries required
Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 3.2 x 3 inches
Weight: 10.4 ounces

#4

Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Pro

Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Pro is ready to drive right out of the package. The transmission has both forward and reverse directions. This allows the Lightning EPX PRO to get out of pile-ups by merely shifting into reverse mode. The car features an aluminum-capped oil filled shocks and adjustable independent suspension. Except for the sized-down scale, the Lightning EPX PRO drives like the real thing.

Recommended Ages: 14 +
Top Speed: NL
Skill Level: NL
Batteries: 7.4v 3500mAh LIPO 15C & charger (included); Radio requires 8 AA batteries (not included)
Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 8 x 4.5 inches
Weight: 6 pounds

#5

Traxxas Slash

This short-course racing truck is another Traxxas model that is made for challenging driving conditions. Whether you’re facing mud, water, or snow, the weather won’t interfere with drive time on the Traxxas Slash. The metal gear Magnum 272 transmission has Revo-Spec torque-control slipper clutch and hardened steel gears in the truck’s differential. The body is even pre-painted with bumpers that absorb impact. 

Recommended Ages: 14 +
Top Speed: 30 mph
Skill Level: NL
Batteries: 1 Lithium ion battery (included); 7-cell NiMH battery with iD technology and 4 amp 12-volt DC peak-detecting fast charger
Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 11.7 x 8.4 inches
Weight: 10.5 pounds

#6

Redcat Racing Shredder XTE

The Redcat Racing Shredder XTE is a 1/6-scale that comes fully assembled so you can drive it right out of the box. The chassis is 3mm 6061 aluminum with big-bore aluminum shocks. The truck has front, center, and rear differential with 17mm hex hub with big off-road tires. The 2.4GHz radio has waterproof electronics. Batteries and a charger do not come with the truck. They must be purchased separately.

Recommended Ages: 14 +
Top Speed: NL
Skill Level: NL
Batteries: LiPo batteries and LiPo charger (not included); 4 AA batteries required for radio
Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 17 x 9 inches
Weight: 14.99 pounds

#7

Everest-10 Rock Crawler

What is a Rock Crawler? Why it is a ready-to-run set of four large tires with a comparatively tiny truck on top. Yep! This Everest-10 Rock Crawler can do all it claims with its bead-lock crawling tires, four aluminum-capped oil-filled shocks, and a complete set of ball bearings. The bead lock wheels are removable give more grip to keep tires on the rim when crawling. The crawler has front and rear multi-link suspension and transmission.

Recommended Ages: 14 +
Top Speed: NL
Skill Level: NL
Batteries: 1 Lithium Ion battery (included)
Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 10.2 x 6.5 inches
Weight: 8.25 pounds

#8

TOZO C1142 Sommon Swift

If you’re in the market for an off-road, cross-country scale vehicle, the TOZO C1142 Sommon Swift may meet your expectations. This is a 1:24 full-scale vehicle with a radio range of up to 100 meters and a max speed of up to 30 mph. This is a high-speed stunt RC vehicle that sports a chassis that will take the punishment. Gears are full-metal, and the shell is explosion-proof PVC with an independent shock-proof system. This car is good on ground, sand, and grass.

Recommended Ages: 8 – 12
Top Speed: 30 mph
Skill Level: NL
Batteries: 1 nonstandard battery (included)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.7 x 8.3 inches
Weight: 1.1 pounds

#9

Traxxas Mustang GT

Ford’s Mustang franchise long ago achieved iconic status. Car lovers have a special place in their hearts for the Mustang and here’s a chance to own your own fully Ford licensed Traxxas Mustang GT in the form of a replica body with performance 4WD 4-Tec 2.0 chassis. Like its big brother, it’s low to the ground with a clearance of just 0.3 inches. Drivers will achieve true 30 + mph with waterproof XL-5 EXC, a Titan 12-Turn motor, and watertight receiver box for fun in any weather. The charger and battery are sold separately so that you can specify the speed you want or need.

Recommended Ages: 14 +
Top Speed: 30+ mph
Skill Level: Beginner
Batteries: Charger and battery sold separately
Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 7.9 x 5.1 inches
Weight: 3 pounds

Super Fast RC Car

FAQs: All you need to know

Q What does RC scale mean?

A Many of the radio-controlled vehicles are miniatures of the full-scale cars, trucks, boats, and aircraft. The box will have the scale of the model printed on it. The scale is a ratio such as 1:10 that lets you know that your model is one-tenth, or 10 percent, the size of the original. The scale may have a lot to do with the advertised speed of the vehicle.

Q How can I make my RC car faster?

A There are several ways to increase the speed of the car you have that may work better and cost less than purchasing another, more powerful one.

  1. Adjust the gear ratio
  2. Change the tires 
  3. Reduce the weight 
  4. Upgrade the motor 
  5. Upgrade the batteries 
  6. Practice your skills to the max! 
As you can see, there are tweaks and hacks that can make your RC car faster and more responsive that don’t need to cost a fortune. All the above methods have the added benefit of you getting to know your car better and increase your skill.
 

Q Are these fast RC cars safe for kids? 

A The fast RC class of vehicles is made for teens and older. Younger kids may be too challenged to be successful or really enjoy the fast RC car. It’s probably unfair to give a 10-year-old an RC car that can hit speeds of 100 mph. The fun they imagine having rarely occurred before crashes and bumps do their best to smash that fancy new car.

Q Can we make our own RC car? 

A The educational website Instructables.com  has a series of simple steps to build your own inexpensive RC car. Going through these steps will instruct a driver better than hours of practice. Knowing why and how an RC car works is a snap when you’ve gone through each step yourself.

Q How do you learn to drive an RC car? 

A RCDriver has an article called RC Driving 101  that will start kids and their parents on the right foot. Why guess when you can learn the right way the first time?

Q Can I learn to fix an RC car? 

A Instructables  has a great guide for teaching you how you can repair your RC vehicle yourself.

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for Super-fast RC Car lovers

Make Your Own Simple RC Storage Rack

If you have RC cars, you’re going to need a rack to keep them safe between drives. Here is an easy rack to build from RCCrawler.com.

RC Storage Rack

DIY Accessories

If you like to make things, try these directions for creating your own accessories for your RC car or truck

DIY Accessories

Make your own RC obstacle course/race track

Dude Perfect demonstrates some awesome indoor and outdoor tracks you can do at home.

RC Hacks

Here are some simple, do-it-yourself hacks to make your RC car or truck your own.

DIY RC HACKS

Top 10 Tips and Tricks for RC fast car driving

Traxxas Support has a YouTube video that shows new drivers their top tips for success.

 




Choosing a brushless motor for your RC car

If you are thinking of upgrading your RC car’s motor, HobbyPartz.com can clue you in on what to look for and what to avoid.


How Not to Be a Newbie

If you don’t want to advertise your newbie status, take these bits of advice  from RC Driver to look and feel more experienced than you might be right now.

 
RC Tips and Tricks
Choosing a Brushless Motor for your RC Car

Quick Decision

Traxxas Ford GT – Best Overall
Traxxas Ford GT is the officially licensed Ford GT scale replica with all the bells and whistles of the original automobile.

Traxxas XO-1 – Upgrade Choice
Traxxas XO-1 gives you power, speed, and even Bluetooth control for the mechanics.

’70 Dodge Charger Jada Toys Fast & Furious – Best Budget Buy
Fast & Furious ’70 Dodge Charger is a great beginner’s fast RC car for those six years and older.

RC Car for toddler

All-terrain RC vehicles let kids explore rocks, grass, slopes and sometimes even mud and dirt, but some models are a lot more impressive than others.

Gary B.

Gary B.

Gary is a father of two, self-identified RC fanboy, and part-time guitar plucker. When he's not racing his collection of remote-controlled vehicles or strumming away, we bend his arm and get him to write with precision and expertise on a range of mechanical and electrical toys.

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