The best remote control cars 2018: from aerodynamic racers to hard core off-roaders

Top RC cars that will leave lesser vehicles stone dead last

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We can’t always get what we want, especially when it comes to cars. But when a remote control car like the Traxxas Ford GT 4TEC 2.0 4WD sets you back around 350 quid, rather than the 80,000 smackers for a real one, it’s good to know we have a compromise.

So what’s the best remote control car for you? Well that depends if you prefer the idea of a smooth drift on a neatly tarmacked road or the thrill of pelting your car through the jungle that is the field at the local park.

If you’re looking to head to your local RC racing club, you’ll probably need something like the drifting FTX Banzai 1/10th Scale 4WD RTR Brushed Electric Street Drift Car, but if you just want to head off-road to have some fun, a buggy like the Vatos Off Road High Speed Car, should serve you very well indeed. 

Of course, if you’re looking to get seriously into it, it’s probably worth you checking out the British Radio Car Association for the nitty gritty stuff. 

The best remote control car

1.Traxxas Ford GT 4TEC 2.0 4WD

A beautifully engineered car, 1/10th the size of the real one

Specifications
Best for: RC Enthusiasts
Type: Racing Drift RC
Engine: Electric
Reasons to buy
+Replica of the original model

Fully assembled and ready to race, the Traxxas Ford showcases the sleek and powerful design of the real thing. Traxxas have taken every care to include all the finer details – from the tail lights to the exhaust tips – and you can choose from a range of flashy colours including Liquid Blue, Liquid Red and Liquid Grey. The car will come to you ready to race, but bear in mind you’ll need to purchase the battery and charger separately. Thanks to the TQiTM 2.4GHz Radio System, XL-5® Electronic Speed Control and Titan® 12T 550 motor, we're pretty sure you'll have a great chance of a result on the track. 

Vatos Off Road High Speed Car

2. Vatos Off Road High Speed Car

Don’t control your remote control car, drive it

Specifications
Best for: Off road racing
Type: Off road buggy
Engine: Electric
Reasons to buy
+4 wheel drive with full suspension

This really cool off-roader won’t set you back anywhere near as much as our first pick, but then it’s not a showpiece. If you really want to drive your remote control car, then this Vatos shouldn’t fail to meet expectation. We’re talking 40km/h top speed, three stage differential gear, an independent suspension system and rubber tyres to withstand hours of off-roading. Best thing is, the battery lasts up to 40 minutes, giving you way more play time than the smooth machine up top. 

FTX Banzai 1/10th Scale 4WD RTR Brushed Electric Street Drift Car

3. FTX Banzai 1/10th Scale 4WD RTR Brushed Electric Street Drift Car

Set your foot firmly in the RC game with the FTX Banzai

Specifications
Best for: Drifting
Type: Drift car
Engine: Electric
Reasons to buy
+99% complete in the box

The FTX Banzai is a fantastic entry-level option. It comes 99% complete in the box, but there’s enough for you to play around with to feel like you’re really optimising this car’s performance when you’re out on the track. It’s the drifters that want to take note here; we’re not saying it’s going to be easy to get the hang of, but once you do, and you familiarise yourself with the adjustable suspension system and shock absorbers, you’ll be the smoothest racer on the track. 

TOZO C5031 Off road 4x4 RC Car

4.TOZO C5031 Off road 4x4 RC Car

Go-Go with TOZO, a high speed off road car

Specifications
Best for: Robust off roader
Type: Off road buggy
Engine: Electric
Reasons to buy
+Drive at night with its white and red LED lights

With a max speed of 30km/h the TOZO really goes, even when you’re off roading. It gives you 20 minutes of drive time, and with a 2.4Ghz Radio System, you’ve got 50m to play with when it comes to exploring the area. When you’re powering over rough ground, the independent shockproof system should prevent any potential damage caused by vibrations, while the three stage gear system ensures you can make the most out of the terrain. 

LEGO Technic Remote Control Tracked Racer

5. LEGO Technic Remote Control Tracked Racer

Love Lego? Love racing? Can’t decide what to do on a Saturday? Do both!

Specifications
Best for: Build your own RC
Engine: Electric
Reasons to buy
+Build two different cars with the same parts

Combine your loves of both Lego and remote control cars with the Lego Technic. Choose between building two designs– the sporty looking traced racer or the RC Off Road truck– and take it off road, where you can spin it, turn it and clamber over obstacles. You can drive forward, backward, left and right and perform 360 degree spins. Why not build your own obstacle course? And you can even race it with its speedy motor. 

Bugatti Veyron Remote Control Car

6.Bugatti Veyron Remote Control Car

Yeah, we know its not a real one, but it’s probably as close as you’re gonna get to owning one

Specifications
Best for: Great kids’ toy
Type: 2WD racing:**
Engine: Electric
Reasons to buy
+ A close 1:14 replica of the real thing 

You can pipe dream about owning a real one, but when it comes to it, this replica, sadly, is about as close as you’re going to get. With an RRP of just under £30, this is great first remote control car and with its xenon headlights, working rear lights and a decent max speed that should offer just the right blend of exhilaration and control, it will give you some serious kudos when you’re racing your mates, too.