RC buggy, monster truck or racing car: the biggest remote control cars from 70 euros


Large remote control cars can be tricky to handle, but have unbeatable advantages when used on unpaved surfaces. If you want to cross terrain at high speed, it is difficult to overtake a larger RTR model. RTR stands for Ready to run, so it is not a kit, but a complete set of the unpack and drive type. But there are also vehicles adapted for the circuit. In this guide we present the most popular RTR models with electric motors with a scale between 1: 6 and 1:10 from our price comparison. We show what buyers should pay attention to, how the offering is designed and what types of vehicles are particularly popular.

1: 6 to 1:10 scale RC cars

The widest range of large remote control vehicles is available in the 1:10 format. Here you will mainly find RC models from the buggy, monster truck or all-terrain vehicle categories. There are also some racing cars and some fun vehicles. One of the biggest cars in this category is the Reely Rat Max XL (test report) with LED light bars and a length of 60 centimeters. Monster trucks and off-road vehicles are similar in size. Strollers are slightly smaller at 45 centimeters. On average, vehicles weigh around 2 kilograms. 1:10 scale beginner vehicles are available from 40 euros. At the top, prices go up to 1000 euros.

On a scale of 1: 8, there are only all-wheel drive vehicles with pronounced off-road properties and a length of up to 64 centimeters. Prices vary from 90 to 900 euros. The heaviest all-terrain vehicle of this size weighs just over 6 kilograms. The range of vehicles in 1: 7 and 1: 6 scale is significantly smaller and also focuses on the off-road sector.

Great rc cars for mud and snow

Larger vehicles are generally better suited for use in difficult terrain. It should come as no surprise then that there are so many off-road vehicles among the great miniature remote control cars: from RC buggies and monster trucks to classic off-road vehicles. Another popular type of vehicle is the truggy, a hybrid of truck and buggy.

Due to the larger dimensions and higher ground clearance, a massive all-terrain vehicle can traverse meadows and hills and valleys better. In comparison, a 1:18 or 1:14 scale all-terrain vehicle gets stuck on the lawn much more often. In principle, the following applies: the larger the vehicle, the better the off-road mobility.

A distinction should be made between an RC car with an all-terrain vehicle look and a real crawler. An example of a fast speedster for off-road use is the Reely Rat Max XL (test report). The vehicle is very similar to the large V8 sedan from the movie Mad Max. The powerful brushless motor drives the vehicle at over 55 km / h. Thanks to the massive tires and suspension, it gets along well on meadows, gravel or sand. It is only on paved roads that the car has a tendency to overturn at high speed and during heavy steering maneuvers due to the soft suspension. But it is anything but detrimental to the pleasure.

Those who do not attach great importance to speed and prefer to drive skillfully through gravel pits and forest soils use the caterpillar. This type of RC model is characterized by particularly pronounced terrain characteristics. This type of RTR model does not go as fast but offers better off-road capability. This is ensured by all-wheel drive, huge wheels and pronounced shock absorbers, a differential with locked axles and portal frames. We show more about the different types of off-road vehicles in the RC off-road guide: remote controlled tracks, scalers and off-road from 25 euros.

Protection against humidity is an important criterion for a remote-controlled all-terrain vehicle. The chassis is rarely waterproof, as the ABS body can usually be removed in order to connect the battery or access the electronics. However, most larger off-roaders provide splash protection for components such as electronic cruise control, engine, friction clutch, and other sensitive components inside the vehicle. In our road tests with the Reely Rat Max XL (test report) a lot of mud and liquid got inside, but it did not damage the vehicle.

High speed: RC racers and dinghies

Remote control racing cars for on-road use are less in demand in this size, which is reflected in the smaller lineup. Fast runners are only available up to a scale of 1:10. Due to the low ground clearance road chassis and tires, they are mainly suitable for flat asphalt surfaces.

From 50 euros, there are models for beginners which are also suitable for children from 6 years old. However, these fall into the toy category and are not really fast at speeds of around 20 km / h. From 100 euros you can get a high-speed racing car that can reach speeds of up to 70 km / h. These are certainly not for children anymore.

So-called dinghies are a special category. These vehicles are especially popular in races in which drivers drift around the corners of a racetrack. The purpose of drifting is to let the vehicle slide into the curve. To do this, you voluntarily let out the stern so that you can then steer in a controlled manner. Drivers adjust the drift angle by quickly switching between the accelerator and the brake.

RC dinghies are not designed for high speed, but for efficient control of the power transmission from the wheels. Most of them use all-wheel drive. A distinction must be made between vehicles with a central gimbal and motor in the direction of travel and with a toothed belt for a motor perpendicular to the direction of travel.

Remote-controlled fun and utility vehicles

In addition to racing vehicles and off-road cars, there are also fun vehicles for beginners and children 3-6 years old in the scale of 1:10. These include cars that shoot rubber arrows, vehicles from movies like Transformers, and quads with minifigures. 1:10 scale utility vehicles mainly include forklifts and dump trucks. We tell you more about remote-controlled construction vehicles in the RC Utility Vehicles guide: Excavators, cranes and remote-controlled tractors from 10 euros.

Equipment and accessories

Before purchasing, you should make sure that a battery is included with the finished model. This cannot be taken for granted in a bigger and better RC car. It is the same for a charger. It looks better with the remote control, which is often included in the delivery. Only devices with a frequency of 2.4 GHz are used here. These offer the advantage of a long range of up to 100 meters, which is not susceptible to interference from other RC vehicles. Another advantage of high quality large branded RC cars is the ability to repair them with aftermarket parts.

For driving, remote controlled speedsters typically use a two, three or four cell (2S, 3S, 4S) LiPo (lithium polymer) battery with 3.7 volts per cell. Alternatively, Li-Ion (lithium-ion) batteries and, in some cases, NiMh (nickel metal hydride) batteries are also used. The run time of larger RC cars is typically 12-20 minutes. Practical life is highly dependent on battery capacity and engine performance. The bigger the vehicle, the more powerful the engine. This then increases the demand for energy.

A brushless electric drive is usually used in a high-quality off-road car or racing car from around 150 euros. Although they are more expensive than brushed motors, they have a significantly longer lifespan as they run almost wear-free. The power of a brushless motor is given in KV. This shows the engine speed at a voltage of 1 volt. It is not uncommon for high priced RC cars to have an aluminum chassis plate for added stability.


Big RC cars can be cumbersome, but they have a lot of advantages. Thanks to the higher ground clearance, they get along better, especially off-road. In addition, the driving experience is more like a real vehicle. In high-priced RC models, the technical equipment is of a higher quality and also allows for adjustments such as the exchange of components with spare parts.

The most popular are off-road vehicles such as buggies, monster trucks, or off-road vehicles in the scale of 1:10. A distinction must be made here between vehicles that can drive quickly on meadow or gravel and real tracks for difficult terrain. Off-road buggies with brushless electric motors are available for as little as 100 euros. In the on-road zone, drifters provide great racing pleasure on level racing tracks. While most of the more expensive RC vehicles are not suitable for children, there are also some cheap 1:10 scale fun vehicles for beginners.

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