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7 Best Gas RC Cars

Best Gas RC Cars
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I’ve always wanted to say this…HIT THE GAS! 

A remote-controlled car allows kids to experience the thrill of driving, racing, and pulling off crazy stunts. And for the feeling of actually driving a real car (but smaller, and you’re not sitting in it…), gas or nitro-powered RC cars are the best you can get. Plus, they’re just so cool.

We’ve picked out the 11 best gas RC cars for any gearhead kid who wants to feel that power at their fingertips, whether it’s a sleek sports car, a versatile 4×4 ready to take on the world, or a behemoth of a monster truck. So whatever the terrain or the competition, there’s a winner to be found here.

No kid wants their RC car to be left on the grid, of course, so we’ve ensured that our recommendations are the best cars out, thereby eliminating any fake online reviews. So there’ll be nothing slowing down their nitro-fuelled adventures!

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Traxxas Revo 3.3: 4WD Powered Monster Truck (1/10 Scale), Green
ZRYYWAN RC Car 1/10 75CC Oil-Powered RC Crawler Truck, 4WD Two Speed Off Road Buggy Nitro Gas Power Remote Control Car 94166 Hobby Toys, 90KM/H Fast Petrol Engine Racing Car RC Vehicle …
Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3: Powered 4WD Maxx Monster Truck (1/10 Scale), Blue
Pros
Wheels have waterproof bearings for driving through mud or puddles
Comes with all tools needed to maintain the vehicle
Shock absorbent technology allows the car to withstand jumps over rough, bumpy terrain
Cons
The car is pretty heavy
The controls can be a little confusing at first
There is no reverse function
Price
Price not available
$299.99
$524.25
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Traxxas Revo 3.3: 4WD Powered Monster Truck (1/10 Scale), Green
Pros
Wheels have waterproof bearings for driving through mud or puddles
Cons
The car is pretty heavy
Price
Price not available
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Best for Speed
Gas RC Cars
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ZRYYWAN RC Car 1/10 75CC Oil-Powered RC Crawler Truck, 4WD Two Speed Off Road Buggy Nitro Gas Power Remote Control Car 94166 Hobby Toys, 90KM/H Fast Petrol Engine Racing Car RC Vehicle …
Pros
Comes with all tools needed to maintain the vehicle
Cons
The controls can be a little confusing at first
Price
$299.99
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Best for Off-Road
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Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3: Powered 4WD Maxx Monster Truck (1/10 Scale), Blue
Pros
Shock absorbent technology allows the car to withstand jumps over rough, bumpy terrain
Cons
There is no reverse function
Price
$524.25
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1. HSP 4WD RC Car (Best Budget Option)

HSP 4WD RC Car 1:10 On Road Touring Drift High Speed Nitro Power Vehicle Racing Car 94102 Blue

A great option for both beginners and experienced RC car fanatics, this HSP 4WD RC Car would be a unique addition to any collection. Designed for showing off skills, each of the four-wheel-drive tires is made for drifting. Since all wheels are hard, it provides extra protection for any potential dropping or rough play on uneven ground. This car can zoom up to 40 miles per hour, blowing away the competition and making your racer the best. 

Special v-tread tires allow for off-road and on-road adventures, adding to the list of terrain that you can explore. A highly responsive steering throttle and easy-to-use remote control make the driving experience even greater for your new RC car!

What we love:

  • Equipped with a large capacity, leak-proof fuel tank for longer and safer usage
  • Comes with all tools needed to assemble and maintain the vehicle

We don’t like this as much:

  • The controls can be slightly confusing initially, so adult supervision may be necessary.

2. Traxxas Revo 4WD Nitro-Powered Monster Truck (Best Quality Option)

Traxxas Revo 3.3: 4WD Powered Monster Truck (1/10 Scale), Green

Rocketing in at high speeds, the Traxxas Revo 4WD Nitro-Powered Monster Truck is your new secret weapon for winning races against all your friends and family. With high power and serious traction, this RC car is ready to travel with you on any terrain. 

The truck features advanced technology, such as a transmitter with Traxxas Link wireless modules, telemetry sensors for a smoother ride, and TSM stability control that helps you drive over bumps and hills. With the same power as its forward drive, the Traxxas Revo can drive backward, allowing you to get out of tight spots and ensure an easy win!

What we love:

  • New geode wheels provide a wider, taller stance that improves the overall driving ability
  • Wheels are equipped with waterproof bearings for driving through mud or puddles 

We don’t like this as much:

  • The car is pretty heavy, which may be tricky for younger drivers to carry

3. HSP RC High-Speed Off-Road RC Truck

HSP RC Car 1:10 High Speed Off Road RC Truck Nitro Power 4wd Remote Control Car for Adults

High-powered and ready to ride, the HSP RC High-Speed Off-Road RC Truck is modeled after a monster truck, which means big and powerful. What more could you want? Equipped with a .18 CXP engine which allows your car to travel at speeds of up to 60 km/h, your competitors will all be surprised as you leave them in your dust. 

Designed with a thick aluminum chassis and independent suspension built-in with twin shock absorbers, this monster truck is resistant to any falling, breaking, or other injuries from racing. The truck will stay stable and secure even on tough terrain, coming out of it all in one piece. Shock absorbers and oil-filled shock-absorbing springs also provide stability and room for error while driving.

What we love:

  • The remote-control range can go up to 338 feet, allowing you to travel far and fast all at once
  • Steering is very responsive, creating power and sharpness on even the quickest of turns

We don’t like this as much:

  • We wish the pull start were made of a thicker material. 

4. Exceed RC Hyper Speed Beginner Version 

Exceed RC 1/10 2.4Ghz Hyper Speed Beginner Version .18 Engine Nitro Powered Off Road Buggy Fire Blue ***Starter KIT Required***

Ideal for beginners interested in the RC Car scene, the Exceed RC 1/10 2.4Ghz Hyper Speed Beginner Version .18 Engine Nitro Powered Off-Road is a perfect model to get you started. Learning how to direct your RC car is easier with a simple design and controls. 

Inside the car, there is an assembled chassis, a VX18 High-Torque and Pull Start Engine with a Carburetor, making your car ready for anything, as well as providing extra power to conquer any race. The tires are made of thick rubber with a traction texture, providing a strong grip in uneven conditions such as mud or gravel. The RC car can also handle pushback from wind and other obstacles with a tuned pipe and air filter.

What we love:

  • Built to withstand crashes and accidents, making it foolproof for beginners
  • Very aerodynamic and compact enough to tuck it away on a shelf when not in use

We don’t like this as much:

  • Giving the RC a once-over with a screwdriver before first use is recommended, ensuring that all screws are tight.

5. Traxxas T-Maxx Nitro-Powered 4WD Monster Truck

Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3: Powered 4WD Maxx Monster Truck (1/10 Scale), Blue

Painted in a powerful dark blue, the Traxxas 4WD Monster Truck is an impressive statement for any RC car racer. Tall and thick, this car is ready to leave its mark on your opponents. Delivering massive power, and heavy torque, and equipped with 4-wheel drive, you can take this car on any terrain and still drive with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, blowing your competition out of the water. 

The RC also has a TQi 2.4GHz Transmitter with Traxxas Link wireless module, making it easy to steer and direct your car around even the hardest obstacles. Ready to drive right out of the box, this monster truck comes with a NiMH receiver pack, an E-Z start battery, chargers, a spare glow plug, and even more tools for fast driving.

What we love:

  • Made with all-terrain tires on mirror chrome hurricane wheels, setting this truck apart from all others
  • Shock absorbent technology allows the car to withstand jumps over rough, bumpy terrain!

We don’t like this as much:

  • There is no reverse function, so getting used to sharp turns takes a bit of a learning curve.

6. HSP RC Nitro Power High-Speed RC Car

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This HSP RC Truck 1:10 Nitro Power High-Speed RC Car is the perfect fit for the toughest RC drivers. Fuelled by Nitro power, this RC is designed for experienced drivers, prepared for anything along the way. A .18 CXP engine speeds this truck up to 60 km an hour, allowing for high-powered racing and playtime. 

With a thick aluminum chassis and independent suspension supported by twin shock absorbers at each corner, this RC is ready for the hardest of rides and prepared for all your exploration – even accidental tip-overs. A driving range of up to 338 feet and highly responsive steering allows for speedy and safe driving.

What we love:

  • Pretrimmed tires allow for safe, stable driving
  • The stealthy black color will make it a great collectible for any RC car fanatic

We don’t like this as much:

  • Learning to use the pull start properly is necessary to reduce any jams.

7. Traxxas Rustler 4×4 VXL, Brushless RC Truck

Traxxas Rustler 4x4 VXL, Brushless RC Truck, 65+ mph, Green

Stable and close to the ground, the Traxxas Rustler 4×4 VXL Brushless RC Truck is ready to glide across the track and leave all your opponents in the dust. Ready with a blue, yellow, and red design, this car is good-looking and runs like a dream. A Velineon 3S power system inside is great for increased speed, efficiency, and long run time, allowing for longer journeys and many races. 

A clipless body latching system is also included, made for secure body mounting, easy removal for maintenance, and straightforward installation. The car’s body is aerodynamic, making it swift and rollover protection, which ensures protection from falls and uses over time. Not only is this car ready for all your adventures on any terrain, but 2.8-inch black chrome wheels also make for easy clearance of any hills, steps, or obstacles in your way.

What we love:

  • Equipped with cooling fans near the motor to ensure long play and reduce chances of overheating
  • Fast and nimble, which provides a great ride, but also makes it possible for things such as flips and tricks

We don’t like this as much:

  • The battery and charger are not included and must be purchased separately.

What to look for in a gas RC car:

  1. Scale: RC cars range from 1/32 to 1/5 scale. Larger ones are more powerful but need more space.
  2. Engine Type: Choose between two-stroke (powerful, loud) and four-stroke (quiet, complex) engines.
  3. Fuel Type: Gasoline RC cars are usually cheaper to run than nitro fuel ones.
  4. Radio System: Ensure a robust connection between the RC car and controller for optimal control.
  5. Performance: Evaluate speed, handling, suspension quality, and off-road capabilities.
  6. Quality: Look for durable materials and good craftsmanship.
  7. Ease of Use: Consider if the car is ready-to-run or requires assembly and its maintenance needs.
  8. Parts Availability: Confirm readily available, reasonably priced spare parts for your chosen model.
  9. Cost: Factor in the purchase price and ongoing fuel and maintenance costs.
  10. Brand: Reputable brands often offer better customer service and spare parts availability.
  11. Safety: Look for fail-safe features to stop the car if it goes out of range or the controller battery dies.

How to use your gas/nitro RC car:

Here’s a guide to using the most common nitro/GAS RC cars:

  1. Fuel and Fueling: Fill the fuel tank with the appropriate nitro fuel, ensuring not to overfill.
  2. Starting the Engine: Prime the engine, set the throttle and brake to neutral, then use the pull-start or electric starter to start the engine, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Running and Control: Control the RC car using the transmitter/controller, gradually increasing speed as you gain confidence.
  4. Maintenance and Safety: Allow the engine to cool down before maintenance, clean the air filter regularly, check for fuel leaks, and perform recommended maintenance tasks.

Refer to the instructions provided with your nitro RC car for detailed guidance. Prioritize safety by wearing protective gear and following local regulations.

Finally

There aren’t many toys cooler than a gas RC car when it’s tearing around the neighborhood, and these monster trucks and 4x4s are ready to take on whatever kids can find for them to drive over (probably including rival RC cars!).

If they’re making you feel nostalgia for your own remote-controlled days of wonder, why not treat yourself to something a bit special with this VOLANTEXRC 4CH RC Plane F4U Corsair Remote Control Aircraft? Can you imagine anything better than controlling this as it swoops and soars through the skies?

And if that’s inspired you to find some kid-friendly planes, have a look at our 30 Best Airplane Toys for some recommendations.

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