For those wanting to take a step up from electric (chargeable) RC cars there are Nitro cars. As the name suggests these vehicles are powered by nitro fuel and are generally faster and more powerful than their electric brothers. Within this guide I will go through and look at them in more detail showing you what there is to offer from small fast off road buggies to powerful trucks.
What is a Nitro RC Car?
A nitro RC car is an radio controlled car that is powered by nitro fuel. They are typically faster and more powerful than electric RC cars but slower than petrol powered cars.
Benefits of Nitro RC Cars
Faster than Electric Models
As you will see if you check out the electric RC car page there are loads of different models within typical truck and buggy designs. Each one offers a slightly different size car and a different set of specifications and features. No matter which nitro car you pick though it is going to be faster, more powerful and thus more exciting.
Cheaper than Petrol Models
While they are faster than electric one main advantage over petrol powered vehicles is that they are cheaper. They work in much the same way as petrol cars. The fuel simply needs to be put in the fuel tank but they are cheaper. To me they seem more like a toy with a petrol car being a genuine scaled down version of a real car. The benefit with this is that they are cheaper. In most cases and are a good stepping stone for those bored of electric cars but not yet ready for a petrol beast.
Huge Choice of Models
The choice is vast when it comes to nitro vehicles. Nitrotek which is a top online retailer has 39 models with Al’s Hobbies adding many more. These include buggy’s, trucks and a number of replica sports cars which are awesome. With ready to run (RTR) and self assembly kits available not forgetting on road, off road, 2WD, 4WD and every thing in between there is something for everyone no matter what their likes and wishes.
- Budget Size
- Scale and Size
- Vehicle Type (Car, Truck or Buggy)
- Motor: Brushed vs Brushless
- RTR or Self Build
- On-Road or Off-Road
- Top Speed
- 2WD vs 4WD
Where to Buy Nitro Cars?
There are a number of places where you can buy a nitro car. In the old days you would simply go to your local model shop. These days many have closed down mostly because the internet has taken over. Personally I am a fan of Nitrotek who have a number of nitro RC cars for sale.
When you are looking to buy a nitro car there are many considerations as we mentioned above. The great thing is that there is a model for every need. You could for example not have a large budget. You may have a massive budget. What ever you wants and needs there is a car for you. Even if you don’t want to shop with Nitotek there are a number of RC car retailers if you search online. Below are a number of the best nitro RC Cars available in the UK today. They cover all the considerations shown above. To view more details on each one click the link.
Top Nitro RC Cars
Whats the best Nitro RC Car to buy? – good question, lets have a look. There are so many that it is hard to know which ones are the best because everyone’s wants and needs are different. Therefore I have decided to show 10 great cars that will show you the wonders of Nitro cars. If you want to see more simply go to Nitrotek or Al’s Hobbies to see them all. Each one is chosen for a different reason – e.g. top nitro truck or buggy.
Meteor Nitro RC Car
If you are new to nitro cars and are not sure you want to spend much money then this model may be for you. It is the Meteor Nitro RC car which is a 1:16 scale buggy that is packed with features. It even comes with some fuel. Made by HSP this is one of very few nitro cars in this size.
It has an upgraded 2.4GHz radio with a .07 nitro engine. It has many other features including oil shocks and an aluminium chassis which is typical of any nitro car. Click below to see the full features list and specification. The really great thing about this vehicle is that it is affordable to most. This makes it an ideal vehicle for stepping up from electric cars into the nitro world – and perhaps in time onto petrol powered models. Specification
- Manufacturer: HSP
- Scale: 1:16
- Terrain: Off Road
- Build: Ready to Run
- Vehicle Type: Buggy
- Engine: .07 Nitro
- Dimensions: (L) 289 mm, (W) 191 mm, (H) 110 mm
Condor Nitro RC Buggy
The Condor Nitro RC Buggy is a perfect nitro vehicle for a beginner offering a free bottle of nitro fuel. This awesome looking buggy is officially off road although with wheels like that it can be driven anywhere.
It is 4WD as standard making any off road adventures a lot easier. This is a 1:10 scale vehicle which doesn’t tell you a great deal. It’s dimensions are 430mm long by 267 mm wide and 155 mm in height. It comes with a .18 nitro engine and is delivered in a ‘ready to run’ (RTR) condition.
If you are looking to step up from an electric vehicle then this car is a good choice. Priced at around £150 (at time of writing) this is a lovely started car. It is good for getting to know radio controlled cars and should be seen as a stepping stone to a petrol powered vehicle if that is what interests you. Specification
- Manufacturer: Acme Tech
- Scale: 1:10
- Terrain: Off Road
- Build: Ready to Run
- Drive: 4WD
- Vehicle Type: Buggy
- Engine: .18 Nitro
- Dimensions: (L) 430 mm, (W) 267 mm, (H) 155 mm
Barbarian NXL RC Nitro Monster Truck
One of the finest trucks for the money is the Barbarian NXL RC Nitro Monster Truck which as you can see looks stunning. Its looks are improved by the bright red and the flame across the side of the vehicle but there is far more ot this truck than that. It has several upgrades helping it to become a popular nitro truck.
One of the features of this truck that we love are the large wheels. These are a feature of monster trucks in general but these in particular do look good. The vehicle is made by Acme-Tech who are a well known manufacturer and offers high speeds and acceleration. It is a 1:8th scale off road truck with 4WD and 2.4 GHz controller. This is a lovely RC monster truck which offers some fantastic features for its price. It is available from Nitrotek who retail hundreds of models. To find out more and to see the full spec and features list click below.
Cyclone Subaru Style Nitro Remote Controlled Car
Made by Acme-Tech this is for all you speed junkies out there. The Cyclone is one of the fastest on road RC Cars. It is perfect for beginners as it features a simple gear box which allows for a speedy set up. It is 1:10th scale and comes with a .18 Nitro engine and a 2.4GHz radio.
With four wheel drive this car will be motoring around your street at high speeds. It is also available in a Mazda Style. It is 199 mm in width, 115 mm in height and 380 mm in length. If you are a Subaru fan and a newbie to RC cars then this model could be just what you are looking for. Check it out at Nitrotek.
Cyclone PRO Nitro Radio Control Car Subaru Style Version
Last but not least is the Cyclone PRO Nitro RC Car Subaru Style version (also available as a Mazda). It is made to an exceptional quality and standard. Upgraded with a new two speed gearbox and aluminium shock absorbers this car is packed with quality.
Made by Acme-Tech this 1:10 scale vehicle is delivered in a ready to run condition and offers some great on road fun. With four wheel drive and a .18 nitro engine this car can really perform. It is 115 mm in height, 380 mm in length and 199 mm in width. It is available to buy from around £150 from Nitrotek.
Commonly Asked Questions
What is the difference between nitro and petrol RC cars?
Nitro cars are powered by nitro fuel whereas petrol RC cars are powered by unleaded petrol that you would get from a petrol station. The are pros and cons to both but petrol cars are typically faster and more powerful.