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How to build an RC car track

How to build an RC car track
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So, you've just bought the RC car of your dreams and now you're looking for somewhere to race it, but now you're realizing that remote controlled car tracks are somewhat rare? No worries, just make your own. It's not going to be quite that simple, and you'll need ample space to fit a decent sized track, but if you have a big garden or access to an open field, then we can teach you how to build an RC car track.

The main reason to build an RC car track is to race against your friends, so you can all throw down your choice from the best remote controlled cars to see which one truly reigns supreme. if you've already spent a decent amount of money on your new RC car (and your friends have too) then you should try to get the most out of it. You can only race it around the parking lot or down the street so many times before you yearn for something more. Something with corners, jumps, and obstacles. It's time to build an RC car track and prove your racing merit.

1.  Road vs rally tracks

Different RC cars are built for different surfaces. If you only own a licensed-design sports car with low clearance, you'll want to focus on smooth, solid surfaces. Some quick options for surfaces may be on a driveway, basketball court or, if you're desperate, on the street in front of your house. If you've spent the money on a RC rally car, you will not be satisfied unless you find a decent-sized dirt patch. The lumpier and more uneven it is, the better.

2. Design the track

Now that you've decided which track will best fit your car; it's time to chart out a course. First, have a blueprint drawn up so that the project doesn't become more work than it needs to. As far as size goes, you won't need more than a 20-foot by 20-floor area. You can chart out the obvious oval course or focus on hard turns to make it more challenging. If you are racing on a hard surface, you can easily chart out the borders of the track using chalk or tape. 

On a soft track, you can purchase small garden wall dividers from any home improvement store or even use a garden hose to keep the RC cars on the track. Depending on how many racers are involved, the track should be within 5 to 7 feet wide.

3. Add jumps and obstacles

It's time to start building. Obviously, if your car is a cheaper model, you won't want to test its durability and have it go off jumps. Mid-grade remote control cars can fly right over jumps and without being damaged. To add a challenge on a dirt track, build an overpass jump but cut out the middle so that the cars have to scale the jump or fall and be left behind. 

On hard surfaces, find a few level skateboard ramps and place them a few feet from each other so that each car can land on the declined ramp to help its shocks last longer. If you really want to put in the extra work, add texture to the course with cut areas of Astroturf or carpet in patches.

Now it's time to race your RC cars. Whether you have spent $2,000 or $20 on your car, you want to get the most out of it. Building a track will give you an added level of fun and competitiveness that will keep your excitement with this hobby fresh.