RC Car tips and guide to remote control cars and radio controlled trucks.

RC Car Models for 2012

Newest kits for 2012 with estimated sale price in USD. Though list is not complete, some interesting statistics. 130 new electric powered models versus only 22 for nitro. Photos and videos of the best models in each class.

1/10, 1/12 and 1/14 Scale RC Trucks

Tamiya Suzuki Jimny Wheeler RC

Tamiya is well known for producing fun rc vehicles. With licensed bodies of Mercedes, Nissan, Suzuki, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Video: Tamiya Fun Vehicles

Photos and details of Tamiya rc cars from 2010 - 2012 here.

  

Company

Model

Kit or RTR

Est. Price

Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Bush Devil II XB
Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 CC-01 XB
Suzuki Jimny Wheelie XB
Mud Blaster II XB
Blackfoot II XB
Nissan Titan DT-02 XB
Mitsubishi Montero Wheelie XB
Volkswagen Type 2 T1 XB
Desert Fielder TA-02T
Suzuki Jimny Wheelie
Bullhead
Mitsubishi Pajero Metaltop CC-01
Nissan Titan DT-02
Toyota 4x4 Pick-Up Bruiser
Bush Devil II WT-01
XR311 Combat Support Vehicle
Volkswagen Type 2 T1
Fuel Tank Trailer
MAN TGX 18.540 4x2 XLX Red
RTR
RTR
RTR
RTR
RTR
RTR
RTR
RTR
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
$289
$354
$314
$319
na
$279
$264
$327
$209
$238
$379
$239
$174
na
$136
na
$174
$419
$429

 

1/8 Nitro Buggy 4WD

1/8 Nitro Buggy 4wd - Kyosho Inferno MP9 TKI

3.5cc two-stroke nitro engines propel these 4-wheel drive racing machines to over 40mph in the dirt. Intro and guide to 1/8 off-road gas buggies.

Video: Kyosho Inferno MP9 TKI3

 

Company

Model

Kit or RTR

Est. Price

Agama
Durango
Duratrax
ElectrixRC (ECX)
Kyosho
OFNA
Serpent
Serpent
Serpent
A8 USA Edition
DNX408 V2
835B
Revenge Type N
Inferno MP9 TKI3
Hyper SS
S811 Cobra 2.0
S811 Cobra Sport
S811 Cobra Team Edition
Kit
Kit
RTR
RTR
Kit
RTR
Kit
Kit
Kit
$549
$499
$349
$349
$899
$399
$579
$389
na

 

1/8 Electric Buggy 4WD

1/8 Electric Buggy Associated RC8.2e RTR

Powerful 2000kV brushless motors and 2S (7.4v) or 4S (14.8v) lipo batteries allow eBuggies to reach 40mph in just 1.5 seconds.

Video: Associated RC8.2e Race Spec RTR

 

Company

Model

Kit or RTR

Est. Price

Associated
Associated
Axial
ElectrixRC (ECX)
Kyosho
Serpent
Tekno RC
RC8.2e Race Spec
RC8.2e
EXO Terra Buggy
Revenge Type E
MP9e
S811e Sport
EB48
RTR
RTR
RTR
RTR
Kit
Kit
Kit
na
$499
$419
$399
na
na
na

 

1/`10 Electric Buggy 4WD

1/10 Electric Buggy 4wd - Durango DEX 410 v3

New racing models from Associated, Durango, and Yokomo. Tamiya coming out with a very new design, the DB02.

Video: Durango DEX410v3

 

Company

Model

Kit or RTR

Est. Price

Associated
Durango
Durango
HPI
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Yokomo
B44.2 Factory Team
DEX410R V3
DEX410 V3
Coyote Desert Buggy
DB02 Leonis
Super Hotshot 2012
Avante 2011 Black Special
B-Max4 2012
Kit
Kit
Kit
RTR
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
$239
$299
$399
$279
$314
$294
na
$625

 

1/`10 Electric Buggy 2WD

1/10 Electric Buggy 2wd Kyosho Ultima RB6

Models such as the Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle are for fun, while others, like the Schumacher Cougar SVR, are for racing.

Video: Kyosho Ultima RB6

 

Company

Model

Kit or RTR

Est. Price

Durango
Kyosho
Kyosho
Kyosho
Schumacher
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
DEX210
Sand Master
NEXXT
Kyosho Ultima RB6
Cougar SVR
Wild One 2012
Fast Attack Vehicle Shark
Fast Attack Vehicle Shark XB
Street Rover XB
Fast Attack Vehicle XB
RTR
RTR
RTR
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
RTR
RTR
RTR
na
$134
$149
$449
$299
$219
$169
$319
$329
na

 

1/`10 Electric Touring

1/10 Electric Touring Cars - Tamiya Toyota Celica TT01E

The Tamiya TT-01E kits are cheap and realistic. Good entry level cars. For racing, buy the Associated TC6.1, Hot Bodies TCXX, Serpent S411, Spec-R R1, Tamiya 417, XRay T4 and Yokomo BD7.

Video: 60+ mph touring car racing.

More information about radio control touring cars here.

 

Company

Model

Kit or RTR

Est. Price

Associated
Associated
Hot Bodies
Serpent
Spec-R
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
XRAY
Yokomo
TC6.1 Factory Team
TC4 Club Racer
TCXX
S411 Sport
R1
Volkswagen Golf24 TT-01E
Subaru BRZ R&D Sport TT-01E
Subaru BRZ TT-01E
Subaru Impreza WRX STI TT-01E
Opel Calibra V6 DTM TT-01E
Toyota Celica GT-Four 1990 TT-01E
Toyota Celica LB Turbo Gr.5 TT-01E
BMW 318i STW TT-01E
Ferrari 59XX TT-01E
Volkswagen Golf24 TT-01E XB
Subaru Impreza WRX Sti TT-01E XB
Toyota 86 TA06
Honda Accord Aero Custom FF03
FF03R
T4
BD7
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
RTR
RTR
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
$399
$150
$499
na
$289
$198
$199
$179
$149
na
$129
$154
$144
na
na
na
$326
$219
$362
$529
$560

 

1/`10 and 1/8 Nitro Touring

Nitro Touring RC Cars - Kyosho Inferno GT2

Nothing beats nitro powered touring cars when it comes to realism. Racing that lasts up to 1 hour.


Something new is the 1/8 touring class that is being promoted by Serpent with their Cobra GT.

Video: 1/8 nitro GT touring car racing.

  

Company

Model

Kit or RTR

Est. Price

Kyosho
Kyosho
Serpent
Serpent
XRAY
Aston Martin DBR9 Inferno GT2 Race Spec
Aston Martin DBR9 Gulf Inferno GT2
Cobra GT
S747
NT1 Pro
RTR
RTR
Kit
Kit
Kit
$549
na
$589
$549
na

 

1/10 Formula One R/C

1/10 Formula One RC Cars

F1 has always been the ultimate in motorsports. And in the r/c world, Formula One rc car racing is regaining popularity.

Cheap, realistic and easy maintenance are reasons to buy f1 rc cars.

Video: 25 Formula One Radio Control Cars Racing Together

Here is a website dedicated to F1 rc cars. Full of info.

  

Company

Model

Kit or RTR

Est. Price

Kyosho
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
Tamiya
TOP
TRG
Zen
Plazma Formula One
Lotus Type 102B F104W
F104W GP Edition
F104 Version 2
Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler 1997 XB
Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler 1997
Rebel R-F01
TRG112
ZFC012
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
RTR
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
na
$257
$259
$310
na
na
na
na
na

 

1/10 Drift Cars

Team Magic E4d MF Pro RC Drift Car

Drifting has come a long way. From basic touring cars with pvc tires, we now see a lot of rc cars designed specifically to drift.

Video: Drifting inside a garage.

  

Company

Model

Kit or RTR

Est. Price

3Racing
enRoute
HPI
Max Speed Technology
Max Speed Technology
Street Jam
Street Jam
Tamiya
Team Magic
Team Magic
Team Magic
Yokomo
Yokomo
Yokomo
Sakura D3 CS Sport
JXR V2-B
2012 Falken Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Sprint 2
FS-01D Front Motor
XXX VIP
OTA-R31D
OTA-Zeon Mark III
TA05-VDF II Limited Edition
E4D-MF Pro
E4D-MF Drift Spec Mercedes SLS
E4D-MF Drift Spec Mazda RX7
Drift Package DPM SSG
Drift Package DIB
Drift Package Type-C Special
Kit
Kit
RTR
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
Kit
RTR
RTR
Kit
Kit
Kit
$124
$474
$259
$458
$654
$378
$722
$539
$389
$337
$337
$571
$571
$507

 

Popular Class and Models

Class - Buggy (2wd, 4wd) is most popular with 38 new models. Followed by touring (27), trucks (19), drift (14), short course (14), F1 (9), rally (8), pan (5), monster trucks (4), mini (3), stadium (3), truggy (3), le mans (2), crawler (1), dragster (1) and short course buggy (1).

RC Cars 2012 Category - Electric vs Nitro Models


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