One of the major factors considered by many people when selecting an RC car to purchase is speed. Almost everyone wants an RC car that is very fast and can compete in races. Except you want to use your car for rock crawling, you may not be interested in the top speed.
Many fast RC cars are available in the market today, and most of these cars can reach a top speed of about 50 mph. The top fastest RC cars in the world are the Traxxas XO-1, Traxxas E-Revo, Traxxas 4-Tec 2.0, Traxxas Slash 4×4 VXL, and JLB Racing Cheetah RC Brushless Off-Road Truck.
The speed of a car is sometimes the measure of its performance. If an RC car is very fast, it is considered good, and if it is slow, it is said to be not good. Sometimes this is true, and at other times it is not.
How Fast Do RC Cars Go?
The speed of an RC car is determined by its inner components and parts. This is the reason RC cars have different top speeds. The motor, engine, electronic speed controller (ESC), and battery determine how fast an RC car can go. Different companies use different parts; hence, it is impossible to give an average speed of RC cars.
RC cars designed for racing usually have a top speed of 30 to 100 mph; RC cars for off-roading have a top speed of 30 to 50 mph. RC cars for rock crawling have a top speed of 20 to 40 mph. RC monster trucks usually have the same top speed as rock crawlers, although a few can reach 50 mph.
Top 5 Fastest RC Cars
This is what many people are interested in, knowing the top five fastest RC cars in the world. You should know that these cars are very fast because of their designs, and they are also among the most expensive remote-controlled cars in the world.
The fastest RC car in the world is the Traxxas XO-1; it is also the fastest out-of-the-box RC car. This means that you do not need to upgrade any parts of the car for it to be fast. After purchasing and assembling it, it will reach its top speed. The top speed of this car is 100 mph.
The major reasons this RC car is exceptionally fast are due to the Mamba monster ESC, the sealed differentials, the optimized aerodynamics, hard-anodized shocks, speed-rated tires, steel-spline dual driveshafts, the standard downforce splinters, and the Traxxas link app.
The brushless motor used in the Traxxas XO-1 is referred to as the Big Block, the nickname implying the strength, durability, and speed of the motor. It is powered by 2 3S 5000mAh LiPo batteries and features a 2.4GHz radio system. The length of this RC car is 27 inches, the width is 11.81 inches, the height is 5 inches, and it weighs 8.6 pounds without the batteries.
The Traxxas XO-1 features a wireless module that allows you to connect the RC car to your mobile phone through the Traxxas Link app. The Traxxas Link app accepts and records real-time data as the RC car operates. You can view the speed, RPM, battery voltage, and temperature of the RC car. You can even customize the dashboard to suit your taste.
The tires are equipped with a special feature of Traxxas, called TSM or Traxxas Stability Management, that allows you to control the RC car on slippery surfaces like smooth concrete, snow, ice, or loose dirt.
This Traxxas is also a 1/4 RC car, making this a very decent size RC.
Unlike the Traxxas XO-I, the E-Revo is a monster truck with a top speed of over 70 mph. Its innovative design and engineering quality unleash an impressive array of technology, speed, and performance that's unmatched by any other monster truck, making it a really fast RC car.
This RC monster truck is 23.05 inches long, 18.32 inches wide, 8.7 inches high, and weighs 4 pounds. The length of the wheelbase is 14.94 inches, and the ground clearance is 2.9 inches.
The Traxxas E-Revo features a 2200 kV sensorless brushless motor that weighs 406 grams, is 2.97 inches long, and is 1.65 inches wide. The motor uses 6.5-millimeter bullet connectors. It also features a 2.4GHz high-output radio system that has a five-channel micro-receiver.
This RC car has aggressive all-terrain tires, a clipless body mounting system, an adjustable rear wing, a tough internal frame, and tough skid plates. It also has heavy-duty 4-gear differentials, steel drive cups, a 5-millimeter aluminum motor plate, and a fixed-gear mesh system.
With the VXL-6s power system, this RC monster truck can drive through the toughest and most rugged terrains without underperforming. The Traxxas E-Revo is ideal for off-roading, stunts, rock crawling, and other dangerous activities.
Traxxas 4-Tec 2.0
For the ultimate high-speed driving experience, you should have the Traxxas 4-Tec 2.0; it has a top speed of over 70 mph. The interesting fact about this RC car is that you get to choose the body, the charger, and the battery. So, when you purchase it, you have the chassis with all the internal components, except the battery.
The Traxxas 4-Tec 2.0 comes fully assembled with a 2.4GHz radio system, a velineon brushless power system, and instructions on the choice of body, battery, and charger. It is impressive that you can customize your RC car without replacing any of the original parts.
You can also choose the performance you want; this means you get to choose how fast you want the RC car to go. With a 3000mAh NiMH battery, a 29-T pinion, and 70-T spur, the car will reach a top speed of 35+ mph. With a 5800mAh 2s LiPo battery, a 35-T pinion, and 55-T spur, the car will reach a top speed of 50+ mph. With a 5000mAh 3s LiPo battery, a 35-T pinion, and 55-T spur, the car will reach a top speed of 70+ mph.
Traxxas Slash 4×4 VXL
The Traxxas Slash 4×4 VXL is another RC monster truck on the list of the fastest RC cars in the world, and it has a top speed of 60+ mph. This RC car features a brushless velineon motor that is waterproof and a 2.4GHz radio system. This monster truck is 22.36 inches long, 11.65 inches wide, 8.42 inches high, and weighs is 3 pounds.
Similar to the Traxxas 4-Tec 2.0, you can also decide the top speed of this RC monster truck. With a 3000mAh NiMH battery, a 13-T pinion, and 54-T spur, the car will reach a top speed of 35+ mph. With a 5800mAh 2s LiPo battery, a 19-T pinion, and 54-T spur, the car will reach a top speed of 40+ mph. With a 5000mAh 3s LiPo battery, a 19-T pinion, and 54-T spur, the car will reach a top speed of 60+ mph.
The feature that allows you to decide the top speed makes it ideal for every level of RC operator, from beginners to professionals. With a change in some parts, you can alter the speed to meet your purpose. You can also change the tires to suit the terrain you are operating in. Another feature is the all-wheel-drive on this model.
JLB Racing Cheetah RC Brushless Off-Road Truck
This is one of the fastest RC cars you can purchase; it is 23 inches long, 16.25 inches wide, 11 inches high, weighs 8.58 pounds and has a top speed of 62 mph. It features a brushless 2500Kv waterproof motor, a brushless 120A electronic speed control, and waterproof metal gear servos.
The tires are designed from a clear thread, so it has improved traction when riding on any terrain. The RC car features a 2.4GHz radio system, a large shock absorber, stable double wheels, and a 2.4G remote control. The total runtime of this RC car is about 20 minutes.
Surprisingly, four of the fastest RC cars in the world are manufactured by Traxxas; this only proves how outstanding Traxxas products are. Different RC cars have different top speeds, and the purpose you have and the terrain you will operate the RC car are the major determinants of the most appropriate speed.
Shawn Manaher loves to play with new toys and dive into new hobbies. As a serial entrepreneur, work definitely comes first but there is always room for hobbies.