Why Choose an all Terrain Remote Control Car?

When new to the remote control world it can be hard to know exactly what model to buy. You don’t know the difference between a 1:5 petrol powered RC monster truck and a 1:24 electric powered buggy. One important thing to consider is what terrain of vehicle would be best. In this post I want to explain why when you are new to radio control cars the best vehicle is an all terrain remote control car.

What is an all Terrain Remote Control Car?

An all terrain remote control car is a car (truck, buggy or truggy) that can drive on any terrain. This includes roads, driveways, grass gardens and dirt tracks. These vehicles are other wise known as off road vehicles.

On road cars are limited because they can drive on road but cannot in any way drive off road as the terrain is too rough. Think of a standard family car trying to drive cross country.

Off road or all terrain rc cars on the other hand are designed to drive on rough ground such as dirt tracks but can still drive on road. Consider a 4×4 that can drive across a farm – they can still drive on roads like any other car. That in a nutshell is why you should buy a off road RC vehicle.


Top All Terrain Remote Control Cars

To understand this more fully lets look at a few examples. Below are three of the top off road vehicles covering a number of different power sources (Electric, Nitro and Petrol) as well as a number of different vehicle types (Buggy, Truck & Monster Trucks).

Off Road Electric RC Car – Bug Crusher Electric RC Monster Truck

Our first offering is the Bug Crusher Electric RC Monster Truck. This vehicle is more than just good looks. It is a ready to run model with four wheel drive that can take on any terrain.

As you can see from the picture the wheels are huge with great grips perfect for powering it round the local track especially when combined with its brushed RC 540 motor.

At just over £100 this is a great vehicle for getting into the hobby. The easy to charge battery makes setting it up easy and quick. What more could you possibly want?

The Bug Crusher is 400mm long by 160mm in height and 300mm in width with a weight of 1530gs.

For more check it out at Nitrotek one of the leading RC car retailers in the UK.

Please note: Requires 8x AA batteries for the controller.


  • Manufacturer: Hi Speed
  • Build: RTR
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Terrain: Off Road
  • Radio: 2.4 GHz
  • Type: Electric Monster Truck
  • Motor: Brushed RC 540
  • Length: 400mm
  • Height: 160mm
  • Width: 300mm
  • Battery: 7.2V 2000mAH

Off Road Nitro RC Buggy – Backwash Nitro Radio Controlled Buggy

The Backwash Nitro RC Buggy is a fantastic choice for driving off road. It is race ready and comes with several upgrades already installed.

It has a sleek green and blue design, awesome suspension and large wheels with top notch grip ideal for those race track corners.

It is an ideal vehicle for anyone no matter their experience level. Costing around £200 from Nitrotek it is well priced for what it offers.

Great looking and fast this buggy has it all. You will be the envy of any race track competitors. You my even be the envy of your road depending on where you choose to race it.


  • Manufacturer: Hi Speed
  • Build: RTR
  • Drive: 4WD
  • Terrain: Off Road
  • Radio: 2.4 GHz
  • Type: Buggy
  • Motor: .18 Nitro
  • Length: 400mm
  • Height: 160mm
  • Width: 250mm
  • Batteries: 8x AA for Controller


Off Road Petrol RC Truck – Marauder Petrol RC Desert Truck

This is one of the finest (and most affordable) petrol RC trucks on the market today available from Nitrotek.

This is their largest and quite possibly their most powerful of any vehicle. Looking at the picture it is easy to believe. This truck is a monster.

This truck is an all terrain petrol RC car with everything you could want – Except maybe four wheel drive although that is available as an upgrade.

With big tyres, a 2.4GHz radio controller and a 20-30 minute run time this truck is going to give you amazing fun where-ever you choose to drive it.

Please Note: This petrol truck as been chosen because of its value for money. It is available for under £460 which compared to a top spec is less than half the price. We have chosen this as it is an ideal way for anyone to get into RC cars without breaking the bank.


  • Manufacturer: FS Racing
  • Build: RTR
  • Drive: 2WD (Upgrade available)
  • Terrain: All Terrain (Off Road)
  • Radio: 2.4 GHz
  • Type: Truck
  • Length: 800mm
  • Height: 300mm
  • Width: 430mm
  • Run Time: 20-30 Minutes


Take Away

So what exactly is the takeaway of this article? Simply. If you buy an on-road remote control car you can drive it on road. If you buy an off road remote control car you can drive it anywhere you like – on road and off it. It doesn’t matter what power source the vehicle has. Off road means anywhere and that makes the car better value and much more fun. Isn’t that what its all about?



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