There is always a beginning. No matter what you do, there will be a starting point from which you either decided to continue or to stop. When you first discover the world of remote-controlled cars, you probably had a million questions. You might have sought answers at a local hobby retailer or on the Internet. Perhaps you even clicked into one of the sites in this review. No matter how you found your answers, if you have stuck with the hobby, you almost certainly have figured out that there will always be questions. The more you learn, the more you realize how much you still don t know.

This article is for all RC car owners who have curious minds or are struggling to decipher some of the industry lingo used at hobby shops and websites. Listed below are some of the most common frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to RC cars that the sites included in this review have seen. Answers are also conveniently provided for your reading enjoyment and hobby fulfillment.

What does  RTR  mean?

When you see an item marked  RTR  it simply means that the item is ready-to-run right out of the box. Some brands of RC cars and trucks come to the retail outlet practically prebuilt. If you re brimming with excitement to drive your new toy (and let s face it, who isn t?), ready-to-run models are for you. These items normally require little or no assembly

Do RTR cars come with a radio controller?

Yes they will most likely come with a radio controller.

What is the run time for electric RC cars?

Most hobby retailers and RC car manufacturers indicate that 7 to 10 minutes is the maximum run time for electric cars before they need recharging. There are battery upgrades available, however, that can bump your run time up to more than 10 minutes.

What are the main differences between electric, gas and nitro RC cars?

If you want to have an RC car that you can use both indoors and outdoors, then you should go with an electric powered model. Most first-timers are pointed toward these models because they are generally easy to build and control. Gas powered cars have grown in popularity mainly because of the explosive acceleration it gives an RC car. Nitro is short for the fuel additive nitromethane. It essentially improves your engine's high speed performance, making nitro power the choice for speed lovers.

What s the main difference between on-road and off-road cars?

There are several differences between on-road cars and off-road cars (often called  buggies ), but basically it all boils down to one thing: suspension. On-road models just don t have enough suspension components to safely handle rough terrain like dirt tracks or rocky hills. Off-road buggies also have knobby tires especially for these situations. The advantages of an on-road car, however, are that they tend to be faster and can be run on just about any smooth surface.

Hopefully we ve answered at least one or two of your questions, but as indicated above, you ll always have more.

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