Building Your Own Remote Control Car

Remote control toys for kids are normally different from the adults version. The kids models are smaller and are in the toy category while the adults version are in the hobby category. The kids models have AA batteries while the adults versions have larger battery types for the battery powered models. Adults remote toys also have gasoline or nitro methane powered systems.

If you are just enjoy racing, then average rated and priced parts should be enough. But if you intend to race and win, then you might have to buy more expensive parts for your rc car. You will also have to decide whether you will use the battery or gas powered models.

When choosing gas, you can opt for nitro methane which is a heavier fuel but provides faster speeds to the car. The nitro remote control cars have a good advantage over other types because they are very fast. However, they might have problems with too many sharp turns.

The Right Components

When building your remote control car, look for the right kind of components in relation to your goals. There are wheels that are very light but still quite strong and these would vary a lot in price. The easiest option would be to buy a kit where you just need to assemble the parts. But these would still be limited to a set speed and type of car without much input from yourself. To upgrade any model, you will have to check whether the car can be upgraded and then search out for the appropriate parts.

Here is a brief list of parts/components that you will need for building a remote control car. The list is not exhaustive but it is a good starting point:

  • Chassis – There are numerous models available which you can buy via hobby stores.

Here is a you-tube video of a chassis being made in a garage. Hope this gives you an idea of how to do this and the work involved. Here is is:

  • Electronic Speed Controller – Details on Wikipedia, click here.
  • Motor (Preferably brushless)
  • Servo – Details on PCB Heaven, click here.
  • Wheels
  • Tires
  • Mounting for the motor
  • Transmitter
  • Receiver
  • Shock absorbers
  • Differentials
  • Body – Here is a classic video of how you can build your own car body at home (Don’t mind the loud music). Here it is:

Of course, if you are just a beginner, it’s easier to just buy a kit. But after a while, you could try to build your own designed rc car. And ultimately, you will learn a great deal from this experience.