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Cheap Nitro Cars
Photo: 1/10 HPI Racing Nitro Drift
Fast Cheap RC Cars
Photo: 1/10 CEN CTR 5.0 V2 has a top speed of 90mph out of the box.

Super Cheap Nitro RC Cars for Sale

The CEN CTR 90mph is available for only $299 ready to run at NitroRCX (click on image below).

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Cheap and Fast Nitro RC Cars

Welcome to your online guide to cheap and fast rc cars. These toy cars with nitrogen powered engines typically reach speeds of 40mph out of the box.

The 1/10 Kyosho Fazer chassis is one of the cheapest nitro powered radio control car that is perfect for newcomers. Comes ready-to-run for around $249 USD with Aston Martin DBR9 or Porsche 911 GT3 bodies.

Cheap Nitro RC Cars

Photo: HPI Nitro RS4 RTR 3 Evo Mustang. Credit: HPIRacing.com

The 1/10 HPI Nitro RS4 RTR 3 Evo chassis with the Chevy 67 Corvette, 66 Ford Mustang, Plymouth Hemi Cuda, Nissan Greddy 350Z and Subaru Imprezza is also a great kit for beginners who want to try nitro.

Nitro RC Cars ebookTo learn more about how nitro rc cars work,  download the free "Secrets of Nitro RC Cars" in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. 23 pages of tips.

Simply click on the image and download the small file (392KB).

Hope you like the information on this website and in the free ebook. If so, please help spread the word and share it with your friends.

Enjoy the hobby!

Joel M.

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Cheap Nitro Cars

  1. Kyosho Porsche 911 Fazer - $249
  2. HPI Nitro Firestorm - $259
  3. Associated GT2 - $289
  4. HPI Nitro 3 Drift - $289
  5. HPI Nitro RS4 Evo 3 - $294

Full list of cheap nitro cars.

Cheap and Fast RC Cars

  1. Schumacher Riot 2 (40mph)
  2. Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3 (45mph)
  3. HPI Nitro Firestorm (45mph)
  4. HPI Nitro RS4 Evo 3 (50mph)
  5. Traxxas Slayer 3.3 (50mph)
  6. Traxxas Nitro Rustler (65mph)
  7. Traxxas Jato 3.3 (65mph)
  8. Traxxas Nitro 4-TEC 3.3. (70mph)
  9. CEN CT5 Dual Speed (73mph)
  10. Schumacher Fusion 28 (80mph)
  11. CEN CTR 5.0 (90mph)

You can buy at online hobby shops.

Frequently Asked Questions

How fast are nitro cars?

Most are in the 30 - 40mph range. But there are models that go 60mph to 90mph.

How much do nitro rc cars cost?

Well known brands sell ready to run models starting at around $249 USD. There are cheaper, lesser known brands but I would recommend sticking with Kyosho and HPI.

How do nitro-powered rc cars work? 

These are powered by 2-stroke engines running on specially blended hobby fuel. Engine connects to a transmission via a clutch. Download the free "Secrets of Nitro RC Cars" ebook for more information.

Nitro rc cars with reverse?

This is not so common. Some that come to mind are the Savage X 4.6 monster truck and the OFNA Hyper One Seven touring sedan.

How to choose an rc car?

Stick to well known brands such as Traxxas, Losi, Associated, Kyosho, HPI, CEN, OFNA, Xray, Tamiya, Serpent and Mugen.

Nitro On-Road

Picture of 70mph rc cars.
70 mph RC Cars


Associated Nitro TC3
Associated Nitro TC3

HPI Nitro RS4
HPI Nitro RS4

Nitro Off-Road

Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3 R/C Truck
Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3

Traxxas T Maxx
Traxxas T Maxx

HPI Savage 25
HPI Savage 25

CEN Genesis and HPI Savage

Off-Road Buggies

HPI Baja Gas RC Buggy
1/5 HPI Baja (Gas)

Gas Powered Buggies GP
1/8 Gas Powered Buggies

Traxxas Nitro Revo 3.3
Traxxas Nitro Revo 3.3

Cheap Nitro RC Car Driven Fast by 10 Year Old Girl

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More Information

Below are somewhat old information but might still be useful for your reference. Especially if you're thinking of buying second hand models.

If you are looking for fast but cheap nitro cars, read the nitro rc touring cars buying guide. It is a side by side comparison of popular ready-to-run models: Traxxas Nitro 4-Tec, Associated Nitro TC3 vs. HPI RS4 3 vs. OFNA Nitro Z10.

For models with the fastest top speeds, read the side-by-side comparison of 60mph nitro rc cars.

Below are quick links to reviews of recommended models. Click on the hyperlinks to read the reviews of each nitro rc car. 

Nitro TC3 Gas Car Review Team Associated Nitro TC3
Engine: Force .12
Speed: 40 mph
Scale: 1/10th Nitro Touring
OFNA LD3 Gas Car Review OFNA LD3 RTR
Engine: Force .12
Speed: 40 mph
Scale: 1/10th Nitro Touring

OFNA Nitro Z10 Gas Car Review

Engine: .12 OFNA Pull Start
Speed: 40+ mph
Scale: 1/10th Nitro Touring

OFNA Mercedes

NEO Nitro Razor Nitro Touring

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Electric vs. Nitro

Both are lots of fun. I prefer nitro. You just can't beat the sound, smell and realism.

Nitro vs Electric RC Cars

With nitro can races last for 1 hour :)

1/10 Scale Nitro F1 RC Car
Custom built homemade nitro powered Formula One r/c car.

Articles, Reviews and Tips

  1. RC Cars - Gas vs. Electric
  2. How to Tune Nitro Engines
  3. Tuning Tips for Nitro RC Cars
  4. Nitro Engine Tuning Tips by Josh Cyrul
  5. Nitro Engines Database
  6. RC Nitro Touring Cars Buying Guide
  7. Cheap Nitro RC Cars Guide
  8. Gas vs. electric
  9. RC Nitro Engine Tips
  10. CEN CT5 vs Traxxas Nitro 4TEC 3.3. vs HPI Nitro RS4 Evo 3
  11. Micro Nitros
  12. Nitro RC Trucks - Best for 2005
  13. Sports Cars vs RC Cars
  14. Nitro RC Car Models

Sports Cars Versus RC Cars

If you are looking for sports cars, you might enjoy this site. Here, real import cars are compared with very fast remote control R/C cars. You might be surprised at the performance results.

Porsche 911
The 381 bhp Porsche 911 GT3 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. But the race tuned 70+ mph CEN remote controlled nitro r/c car can do it faster!

Porsche 911
Porsche 911 R/C Model

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