What profile and scale should you choose for your 4x4 remote control car?
Imagine how a car made for the road will suffer from driving on a pebbled surface and over mounds of earth. We know that the more the model resembles a real car, the more likely it is to be at home on the track and so the closer aesthetically the 4x4 models are to an off-roader, the more comfortable it will be on and off-road. Once this initial selection has been made, you will need to determine which type of vehicle will quench your thirst for a challenge. There are several types of 4x4 remote control cars, starting with the Short Course, generally used in the USA and Germany. In simple terms, it looks like a large pickup truck, like the Monster Truck, which is also big. This monster truck can scour the earth and is recognisable by its enormous wheels and shock absorbers that stop at nothing. When it comes to 4x4 remote control cars, the question of scale couldn't be more important! You will need to decide what size vehicle will best suit rough terrain and potholes. In the model product sheet, you will find the 1/18th or 1/4th ratios, for example. This means that the remote control car will be 18 times or 4 times smaller than the original model, i.e. scale 1. Scientific MHD recommends the 1/8th scale, as the car adapts well and absorbs shocks thanks to its robust and large size. It's important to have the right weight and be able to easily handle your 4X4 to overcome obstacles and maintain a good driving experience. Smaller scale remote control cars will have a harder time off-road, although a 1/10th scale car may do the trick and it's more convenient to transport.
Among the other 4x4 profiles, Buggies and Truggies are popular with enthusiasts. These models are especially suitable for beginners because of how they handle. Buggies are suitable for all roads, while Truggies are more suited with steep terrains. These two models are the most common and are fast, with top speeds ranging from 60km/h to 90km/h on average. Some of the competition vehicles can reach more than 100km/h!
Choosing between a fuel-powered or electric 4x4 remote control car.
Another question to ask when choosing your 4x4 remote control car is what type of power supply should I have for the engine? The internal combustion engine requires more maintenance and tuning time, as the engine is very similar to that of an actual car (you feel more like you're driving an actual car though!). Some parts will need to be cleaned. Mechanics will love taking their models apart, putting them back together and working with all the minor components and adjustments. There are kits available to build your own remote control car. Check out the GUNNER TRUGGY 6S and the GUNNER MONSTER 6S assembly kits on the Scientific MHD website. These fuel powered engines are usually more powerful unless you choose an electric car equipped with a high-performance 6S engine. Keep in mind that you are aiming for power and robustness for off-road use.
The second type of power supply is electric with a battery that can be recharged from the mains. Take into consideration the battery life range, and so the time you plan to spend using your vehicle will help you reach your decision.