GAS POWERED REMOTE
Gas or Nitro RC cars provide realism and speed and are recommended for
experienced hobbyists who want to experience something different from
electric cars. The most popular gas cars today are the cheap and fast
nitro touring cars, and BIG monster nitro RC trucks! First item to buy
is the car itself. There are plenty to choose from.
Touring cars have 4 wheel independent suspension, 4 wheel drive, and
2-speed transmissions capable of propelling car to speeds in excess
of 50 mph. Gas powered cars use 2-stroke engines. For 1/8 scale, .21
size engines are used. For 1/10 scale, .12 size engines are common.
Engines for these cars come either with a pull-start (PS) or non-pull
start. Pull-start engines have a built-in recoil starter to pull the
wire or rope to turn the engine's crankshaft. For non-pull start engines,
you will need to have a starter. The end of the starter is a rubber
wheel, which is "bumped" against the flywheel of the engine to turn
the crankshaft. Using a starter on a pull-start engine may damage the
Nitro fuels are specially blended fuel for RC gas cars. All RC car models
have guide books in which appropriate fuel for them is recommended.
It is also advisable to use a consistent fuel type for a car as it helps
the engine to give optimum performance. Chaging fuel types may disturb
the engine performance of the car.
Fuel is also classified according to nitro content. Higher the nitro
content more is the power. Fuel with only 10% nitro is good enough to
win races and is cheaper than fuel with 15 - 20% nitro. The nitro engines
use a glow plug (similar to a spark plug of a real engine). To start
the engine, this glow plug must be heated. A device called a glow driver
or igniter, powered by a 1.5v battery, is used to heat the glow plug.
The radio control unit is the electronics that control the speed and
direction of the car. A basic radio controller consists of transmitter,
receiver, servos and battery holder for the receiver, on/off switch,
servo horns and batteries.
Use of quick, quiet and easy to afford, build and drive electric vehicles
are still the most popular choice in R/C power for first-time modelers.
Equipped with a rechargeable Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) battery pack, a
vehicle with a stock motor will provide about 6-8 minutes of run time.
With multiple packs and a quick charger, an electric vehicle is ready
for hours of use.
Even after the preference to electric vehicles interest in gas vehicles
has grown enormously over the period of time. Vast improvements in glow
engine technology have simplified tuning and maintenance, enabling many
more modelers to enjoy the realistic sound and smell that goes along
with gas power's acceleration and speed. Buying a fail safe unit is
an inexpensive option that can save your gas car from damage.
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