Welcome! I thought I’d lay down some basic tips for how to drive an RC car for newbs, and seeing as I’ve done it for years and even won a few things, I think I can handle it.
- Throw that cheap, 20$ RC car away!
I know it’s gonna be hard. You grew up on these. It’s literally all you’ve known. But I have some news for you, there’s more, better, faster, and more expensive ones for you. I can’t put into words how bad these are, as they are actually really terrible if you want to get into some form of RC car racing.
2. Do you research!
You can’t buy any RC car and expect it to be accepted! RC car racing is a lot like NASCAR or Formula one, with it being, basically, a one make race. If you have an armature league or team you want to join, you’ll have to get a car for your competition. Currently I run in the Ten80 national competition, which requires on road Redcat EPX-10s. But of course you’ll want to go faster and with that comes modifications. Go slowly, know what you’re getting, and make sure that IT WILL FIT. You don’t want to wait a month for a Carbon Fiber chassis for a different car. Going back to doing your research, make sure that the mods you’ll do are Legal in the competition, as you don’t want to do work on a car that isn’t accepted.
3. Be prepared for everything
Anything and everything can happen. Drive shafts can snap, wheels can come off, and parts can straight up shatter. All of those, not being good, means that you should have a good set of spare parts. Along with spare parts, you have to have all types of tires. In my area, most races in my league take place on asphalt but, in a fun turn of events, when I went to nationals, we races on the slickest of slick surfaces, a basketball court! Using our slick tires, our car slide around a lot but a few other teams had stickier, grooved tires which, in the end, worked out quite well. So basically what I’m saying is have a tire for every occasion. Well, unless you just want to do it for fun.
4. Take it slow at first!
You want to be fast, go slow! I know it’s a contradictory statement but believe me, you’ll want to go slow. Learn the track, learn the limits of the car, keep it in one piece. Along with that, the faster looking car (wheels spinning, drifting, etc) isn’t always the fastest car. So slowly build up, your speed. In the end, you’ll be faster than everyone else.
5. LEARN TO DRIFT
You do not understand how much I stress drifting. Sure, it looks cool but that is definitely not the point. It can help, in lots of situations. Some hair-pin turns are much, much, much easier and hey, as an added benefit, it looks cool. Also, if you don’t know how to control over-steer, you’ll find yourself in a sticky situation, which, ya know, isn’t good. But, like I said, it looks pretty dang cool, plus it’s pretty fun.
The throttle and steering aren’t toggle switches, so don’t treat them like one. Use slow, clean motions to not jerk the car, which results in oversteer, and AH! An example! Try playing any Gran Turismo game on the standard controls. Not the easiest thing to do, is it. So take things slow and calmly, and clean.
And that’s the piece, hope you like it!