How To Get Started In RC Racing

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RC racing can be one of the most exciting aspects of the radio-controlled hobby, but it can also be intimidating for a first-time racer. It's difficult to know what you'll need and how to prepare. So, if you're interested in RC racing but don't know where to begin, this blog covers six top tips that should help you get started.


  1. What Is RC Racing?
  2. Top 6 Tips To Enter RC Racing
  3. Watch and Learn The Basics of RC Racing

What is RC Racing?

In the world of radio-controlled cars, RC car racing is a relatively new sport. It is where the cars and tracks are small, and the drivers are not inside but rather outside, controlling their vehicles with remotes. 

You can begin racing RC cars at any age or level of experience. Participating in a race is a great way to learn more about Radio Control if you are new to the hobby. This famous hobby provides a track day unlike any other, and there is no doubt that these miniature cars provide full-size fun.

Tips To Note Before You Enter An RC Race

If you have decided to compete in an RC car race, you will need a guide. And in this section, we will provide you with all of the information you will need before entering your first RC car race.

Tip #1: Prepare Your Tyres

As the temperature or humidity changes during the day, grip conditions can also alter significantly from day to day. Usually, we recommend that you run on a slick tyre, which comes in different compounds and is softer compared to other ones. The attack is to apply an additive onto the tyres, bake them with tyre warmers, which warms up your tyres, and you can also set them up to a hundred degrees depending on your desire.

It is commonly known that tires are the most important aspect of setup, so getting these right is critical if you want to start competing.

As the temperature or humidity changes during the day, grip conditions can also alter significantly from day to day. Typically, we advise running on slick tyres, which come in a variety of compounds and are softer than other types. The attack involves applying an additive to the tyres and heating them using tyre warmers. Depending on your preferences and the track, you can also adjust the temperature by up to 100 degrees.

Keep a variety of tread patterns and different compounds in your pit box. You will find this to be very beneficial.

Tip #2: Choose The Correct Motor

There are numerous motors to select from. There are gears where you can change the ratio to get the best performance out of the motor. The motor in each car will have a different ratio, and some classes will have a predetermined ratio you must follow. 

Our goal is to achieve top speed simply to obtain a large pinion to suit the spur, but not to go too large because the larger the pinion gear, the more strain the motor is under. Some cars can actually have a cooling fan installed at the back of the engine to help keep the cooling down.

Tip #3: Keep The Wires Neat

Keep your wires as close to the battery as possible! Pull the positive and negative wires towards the centre of the battery while strapped into the car, then curve them towards the battery's terminals. You can use cable wires, and some racers go so far as to cut or shorten the cables that connect to the receiver, which makes for a neat job.

Tip #4: Check Your Battery

When you start racing your car, the most important thing is to make sure your battery is properly plugged in. Most racers will use paint or tape to indicate the correct location for your connectors. For those that use DS, you can simply plug it in and turn it off from within.

Connecting them in series would simply increase the voltage while having no effect on the capacity. The RC cars' moving power is provided by batteries. When properly cared for, they produce maximum power and have longer run times.

It is a pretty good idea to charge your batteries the night before a race. Charge an extra battery if you are racing an electric vehicle so that when you arrive at the track, you are prepared to perform some practice runs after registering and setting up your pit.

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Tip #5: Make Adjustments

Starting with a simple setup and learning from there is the way to go! However, the more tweaks you make, the better you get at setting up your RC car.

>Every car has a unique configuration, but you may alter other things, such as your camber, which determines how much your wheels float in and out, or the tiny blocks that are placed beneath the car and can be used to set your toe.

You can make all sorts of adjustments to the body, shock oil, ride height, or camber. And when you first begin to make adjustments, pay close attention to the impact they have had and note it down. Remember, overdoing it will slow down any vehicle.

Tip #6: Oil Your Shocks

Using shock oil helps to promote the longevity of your vehicle.

Shock oil can add an extra layer of protection to cars that occasionally leave competitions in a state of disrepair. For maximum protection, you must choose the appropriate shock oil for your RC car.

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All in all, the better prepared you are, the better off you will be, and the better time you will have on the track. Preparation is key! Make sure your RC car arrives at the track in the best possible condition, and don't forget to enjoy the first of many races!

Watch and Learn The Basics of RC Racing

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