How Much is a Gas Powered RC Car?
As an avid RC 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. These high-performance machines are incredible, hitting 50+ mph speeds across backyards and parking lots.
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?
Starting In Radio Controlled Cars
For me, it started small with some cheap, battery-powered RC cars when I was a kid. Eventually, I coveted the monster trucks and buggies screaming down my local track, longing for the flashy bodies and insane speed.
Saving up birthday money and mowing a few extra lawns finally got me a basic intro-level gas RC around age 15 for $275.
Not fancy, but it hit 35 mph off the shelves and taught me how to tune and maintain nitro engines.
The Cost Of Gas Powered Radio Controlled Cars
Nowadays as an adult with a bigger budget, you’d be looking at spending $500-800+ for a competitive mid-range gas buggy or short-course truck ready for backflips and races at the track.
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 RC8’s, Savages, Revo 3.3’s 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.
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.
I am a massive fan of anything that is remote controlled. This stems from my childhood when my Grandfather would take me to a local RC flying club and I would dream about having my own RC models someday.