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How Much Does it Cost for Gas-Powered RC Cars?

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How Much Does it Cost for Gas-Powered RC Cars?

As an avid remote control car enthusiast, I get a lot of questions from friends and family about how much it costs to get into the gas-powered side of the hobby. They can cost anywhere from $100 right up to thousands!

But the price scares some people away. So let’s break it down – just how much should you expect to spend on a gas-powered RC car?

Traxxas Nitro Powered Truggy


Cheap Radio-Controlled Cars For Those Getting Started

For me, it started small with some cheap, battery-powered RC cars when I was a kid. But as soon as I was able to see my first nitro gas remote powered remote control cars, I was hooked!

Saving up birthday money and mowing a few extra lawns finally got me a basic intro-level gas RC around for around $275. This was bought used from my local hobby shop.

It was a HPI Savage and was in pretty rough shape. It was like having my very own RC Monster Truck and was one of the most robust trucks I have ever had.


More Expensive Gas-Powered Radio Controlled Cars

If you have a bigger budget, you’d be looking at spending $500-800+ for a competitive top-range gas buggy or short-course truck ready for backflips and bashing.

Top-of-the-line models from Traxxas, Losi, and Kyosho can run almost $1,500 in ready-to-run condition. That’s some serious cash! Then tack on the ongoing costs for fuel, tools, spare parts, and other racing expenses. It’s easy to see costs spiral up to several thousand dollars when you catch the gas RC bug.

But for those with some existing experience looking to try gas power, an older used setup is a smart budget choice.

Scouring eBay and Facebook Marketplace deals pop up on solid RC8s, Savages, Revo 3.3 and more in the $300-400 range. As long as you set aside a repair fund for occasional engine rebuilds or electrical issues, buying used can make gas RC accessible. If you like to tinker with real road cars and gasoline engines then you would enjoy this hobby.

I have an article that helps go over which is better electrical vs gas-powered rc cars, you should read that if you are confused as to what you should buy.

So while fast professional-grade gas cars require some major investment, there are options across the pricing spectrum.

Just prepare your wallet for the long haul when you crave the sound, speed, and thrill of gas power! It’s an addicting (and expensive) hobby but brings me tons of adrenaline and fun with friends at the track.