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There are several factors that go into how fast an RC can drive and they almost never come out of the box as fast as they claim.

On a side note we just ordered our very own track timing kit so were going to be able to put these things to an actual test!

Battery Type:Most Ready to Run model trucks do in fact come with a battery, normally a Nimh. When you look at the outside of a box, say a Traxxas 4X4 it is going to say something like 65mpg top speed. What they don’t tell you in as obvious a way is that you have to fork out another 40 bucks to get the Lipo battery that is going to be able to run that speed.

Pay attention to what the required equipment is to reach the speeds you want. Lithium Polymer batteries are the new hotness in the RC world and come in a wide variety of cells. The more cells you go with the more speed you get, you will want to make sure what your speed controller can handle though before running out and buying a 4S lipo and torching your RC motor.

Gearing:Another thing most people who are first getting into the hobby typically don’t know about is in order to get a higher top speed you much change the gearing. There is a give and take when it comes to the type of gearing you choose to run. In exchange for higher top speed, you are going to sacrifice acceleration. In order to hit the top speeds most vehicles claim you are going to need to gear them to a point where you wont use it for much racing other than straight driving

Making The Right Call:As a general rule you can avoid disappointment if you don’t choose your RC solely on top speed. Think about other important things like how you are going to use it. In a lot of ways it is kind of like when you buy new cars, they often claim certain Miles Per Gallon but that is typically on some sort of closed course with a 60lb driver, no seats, and the wind at their back…well you get the point.

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Any RC enthusiast you talk to will tell you that this is a great hobby, maybe even the greatest. The truth is, it is a great hobby that takes work and the right attitude. If you think you are ready to take a ride into the world of RC, there are a few things you should know first.

It Takes Patience
Too many people get into hobbies thinking its going to be all fun and games from the minute you pick it up. I did that! I wanted to be on Team Associated the day after I bought my first RC haha! Obviously that dream has to come – I guess maybe they lost my phone #. But honestly, RC is a hobby that takes time and patience. You will not be good on your first day out. At least I’ve never seen anyone be just amazing their first day trying out an RC. But it will come with time and practice.
If you are going to do your own repair work and maintenance on your RC, it will take extra time, but can be well worth it. A lot of people end up loving this and it can become one of the most rewarding parts of the hobby. Our RC Maintenance Videos and RC Tutorial Videos will help a lot combined with time and patience. Once you begin maintaining and upgrading your RC, you will become familiar with the ins and outs and different parts of your car or truck.

It Takes Humility
Like Jeremy said in 3 Signs You Are Dealing With an RC Jerk, you will run into “that guy” who thinks he knows all and is the best in the world, has been racing since he was one and yada yada yada. Ignoring those comments is going to be a pain in the butt at first, but from what I’ve learned, if you don’t ignore them and you get frustrated and upset, then the a-hole wins. Instead, keep coming back and keep getting better. Use that as fuel for your fire as some say. That is a lot better than giving him what he wants by leaving or getting pissed.
Second part of this is – don’t become “that guy/girl” when you do start getting good and have experience. Instead, be friendly to the newcomers just like someone might have done for you. Offer them advice and help if they need it. We were all beginners at one point so give back to the people who helped you by helping someone else.

It Takes Time and Money
Like most hobbies, you will need to have spare time and some extra cash in your pocket to get into it. RC is one of those hobbies that can get expensive at times. We all go into a hobby intending to devote our spare time to it but sometimes things come and priorities get set and that is fine. But if you have invested money into it and want to be good and serious about RC, you are going to have to devote the time to it. Like I said, its not something you conquer in one day.

It Takes Toughness
The first part of this concept is physical toughness. Refer to our RC Truck video where Jeremy gets hit in the face with a truck. Ouch – rough, yet hilarious 🙂 .
The second part is mental toughness. Aside from the jerks at the track that you gotta be tough enough for, there might come a day when you crash your RC or someone else does or maybe its just time to let that old RC go. You may want to cry at this point. Be aware and stay strong.

It Takes Awesomeness
You’ve gotta be ready to deal with being awesome after you embark into the world of RC. You will meet a lot of cool people and will hopefully experience a variety of different rc car, trucks, buggies, truggies and the like. So be humble, patient, friendly, and awesome and you’ll be a good RC’er!

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