A Beginner’s Guide to RC Cars

Beginners need to know a lot of things when it comes to remote control cars. If they are the type who are interested in getting to know the hobby vehicles better, a little reading and possibly viewing videos that discusses about it will definitely help. On the other hand, if you’re the type that knows about RC cars but you are just yet to make your first purchase, then learning how it works would make each run so much easier. Either way, starting from the basics is definitely a must for any remote control car beginner.

Let’s start with the parts.

Knowing the actual mechanics of an rc vehicle is necessary when you want to own one. It will help you make good purchasing decisions and the ability to avoid mediocre models.

There are four main parts of an RC vehicle:


The transmitter is the actual control that you hold in your hands while you are driving. It makes use of radio frequencies to relay the steering and controls, thus, the name “remote control” cars.


This is like the side-kick of the transmitter, because one would be utterly useless of the other is broken or absent. It is the part that receives whatever steering the transmitter makes and distributes this to appropriate parts of the vehicle.


Consider the transmitter and the control as the nervous system and the motors act like the body. Well, that would be weird to compare but it’s pretty much like it. The motor is said to be the “heart” of a remote control vehicle, a complex and intricate part of the system. It basically contains the power and the ability of the rc car to function.

Power Source

All of the parts will be useless if the power source is down. Without it, starting the vehicle wouldn’t be possible. No power source, no run, no anything. The power source depends on what type of rc car you have. Electric rc cars use rechargeable batteries while nitro cars use real fuel combination.

2 Types

There are 2 types of remote control cars to choose from. The electric and nitro rc cars. AS what you may have understood previously, electric rc cars run with batteries, while the nitro rc runs with a real fuel. In terms of maintenance, electric rc car wins the comparison. Without the need for fuel, you wouldn’t have to worry about old fuel build-up that can be lethal to the engine. However, they don’t run as fast, but they are ideal for beginners.

The other type is the nitro rc car, which is something you want to have when your skills in handling rc cars improve. They are a favorite of rc car professional racers because it kinda feels like driving a real car.

Purchasing rc cars is pretty much like choosing a full-sized vehicle. It takes a lot of consideration such as engine quality, design, your needs, and the level of difficulty. As a beginner, it is always wise to purchase an RTR (ready to run) vehicle especially that you don’t have an experience in assembling the parts. Some components are too sensitive to force, that you need an experienced rc car user to do it for you. Eventually, you’ll learn how to do it and understand how good it is to have a remote control car.

How to Make Your RC Car Jump Using a Miniramp

There are fun and exciting activities that you can do with your RC car in the first few weeks of having it in your possession: changing the case, buying accessories, and practicing to control it with your friends. But there will really by burn-out days with your remote control car, and you simply get bored with it!

“What else to do?” you might say but what you don’t know is there’s still more to a regular rc car than meets the eye. Just a few adjustments and practice, then boom! You can make your remote contro car jump! The best thing is, I’m not exaggerating.

I did it with my own RC car few months back and it really did flip over high enough to achieve a jaw-dropping performance. I didn’t expect it can jump like that either.

So how to do it? Construct a miniramp!

Building a miniramp can brush of your RC boredome. This is an important tool to have if you want to practice rc car jumps. The size of the board depends on you, but it is preferable to consider the size of your car. The height of the ramp must be relative to the size of the car, so as not to damage any part because of excessive jumps.

There are two kinds of miniramps which are both perfect for any rc car. First, is a wooden miniramp which is quite simple to build and more common in homes and other for-private use. See the video below for the instruction:

The second one is the less popular, less durable, but more eco friendly. This is perfect for unexpected meet-ups with fellow rc car friends and you don’t have an available ramp to use. All you need is a closed box, a tape, and scissors.

Assuming you already have a ramp, all you need to do now is to practice.

The first thing you have to bear in mind is the amount of speed your remote control car should give for jumping success. If the speed is weak from the start, expect it to run backward as soon as it arrives at the curve part of the ramp.

RC Car Jump

Second, put a safety foam or any material that can safely catch the vehicle as it lands at the back of the miniramp. This is a must for first timers because they might apply too much speed to the vehicle and it may not land as expected. Eventually, you can remove this foam if you already feel confident about your skills.

safety foam for rc cars
You can do more things with ramp, and you can even invite your friends for some jumping party at your very backyard. Well, looks like RC cars is not a boring hobby at all.