Racing Gas RC Cars

Many times, one gets to acknowledge that the person behind the machine is more important than the machine itself. History proves it! Many wars fought by small armies with inferior weapons were won solely by tactics and strategy. A race can be like a war in many ways. So, after you buy your dream Gas RC car, you must learn, practice and improve your techniques before you can achieve victory on the racetrack.

Technique is a personal skill and can very from racer to racer, but as in any trade, there are some common elements.

The first step is to prepare the car well. When there are options for certain subsystems such as shock absorbers, try out different types like oil filled and friction based to determine which works best for you. Also, use a stopwatch to time your practice laps with only one modification at a time to see what optimizes performance.

Secondly, gradually increase the test speeds for better control and lower the lap times. Never rush into full throttle in the beginning. Similarly, if you rush to cut corners at full speed, you may end up going a longer distance and increasing your lap time. Not only that, but the Gas RC car’s tires may attract dust and dirt in the less used outer curve of the track, lose precious friction, and unnecessarily stress the engine.

Thirdly, practice as much as you can, simulate a mock race with fellow racers before the real race, or even have a test track of your own. One thing you always need to remember is to keep your car and yourself safe and stable before racing.

The electronics and cooling system need attention. Avoid radio interference and make the handle and all buttons work freely.

At any racing venue, the excitement is everywhere with every participant busy with checking on last minute adjustments. With racing Gas RC Cars, one can really get the full rush of adrenaline that you would from Formula One races or Touring Car races.


There are many types of races such as On-road, Off-Road, and Touring. You should consider the following before choosing a race to participate in:

1. The level of your skill. A beginner should not race with the experts.
2. The model of your car should match the model of the race
3. The popularity of the model you own and the race you can participate in your area.
4. The maintenance, transit and camping of racer need to be considered for budget reasons
5. If you have not kept up with maintenance, you should not choose an off-road.

Good advice from clubs, experts, peers and the Internet is always available, but if you have a high skill level, you can look into official races such as these:

1. EFRA (European Federation of Radio-Operated Model Automobiles): This has around 30 European nations including Russia as members.


2. FAMAR (Fourth Association of Model Auto Racing): This association includes 6 Latin American nations and South Africa.

3. FEMCA (Far East Model Car Association): This represents 10 Asian countries including China, Australia, and New Zealand.

4. ROAR (Remotely Operated Auto Racers): USA and Canada’s racing organization.

There is also a world level RC car racing organization that is called IFMAR (International Federation of Model Auto Racing). The four regional blocks of RC car racing listed above all belong to this organization.