A Gas RC car is a radio remote controlled model car that is powered by gas. The 'gas' used here is not like the gasoline used by typical American cars, but a special mix of fuel that includes oil, nitro-methane and methyl alcohol. These cars are also commonly referred to as Nitro RC cars or Nitro Gas RC cars.
So, why should you be interested in Gas RC cars when there are Electric RC cars available? Generally, Electric RC cars are cheaper and easier to maintain. But, a Gas RC car is far more powerful and can run for a much longer time compared to the Electric RC cars although they're a little more expensive than their electric counterparts to both own and maintain. So, while Electric RC cars are perfect for beginners, the Gas RC cars are better suited for serious hobbyists.
All RC cars and other remote controlled toys are meant to be realistic, but the Gas RC car takes this a step further with its sheer power, speeds, and maneuvers. It has an internal combustion engine powered by a special nitro gas fuel. Like all other IC engines, these come in two types, 2-stroke and 4-stroke. The engine is powered by a little tank of its special fuel! These cars should never be run on regular gasoline. The engine can be started with either a pull start cord or a starter box that is carried along.
There are certain factors that contribute to the high price of the Gas RC car. First, the complex internal combustion engine and its subsystems are expensive compared with the simple motor that is used in the Electric RC car. Unlike the electronic speed control (ESC) used in Electric RC cars, the mechanical servo-control used to control the speed in the Gas RC car is complex and costly. Also, the Electric RC car's battery is a simple one-time investment compared with recurring fuel costs that would be expected with Gas RC cars.The Gas RC cars, due to their nature, get more wear and tear adding to the maintenance cost. These cars can be purchased in various scales from 1/8 to 1/20 and beyond. Prices range from around 200 dollars to up to a few thousand dollars. Even at these high prices, they would not cost you a fortune like a real race car, but they will still help satisfy your suppressed racing desires. At speeds from 30 to 60 mph, they can really pump up your adrenaline!