I collect a lot of information when researching for “O;beat RC.” I find all sorts of hidden gems of radio- controlled weirdness, many of which go on to become full-fledged columns. I also end up with quite a few leftover scraps of content that don’t quite have enough about them to fill an entire write-up. I file these away for later use, and sometimes a column like this one springs to life. I present to you the top
five weirdest land-based RC vehicles I have ever seen.
RC Jet Cars
My general category of “jet cars” includes any land-based
vehicle powered by either model rocket engines or a turbine jet.
As great as this idea sounds, these cars are surprisingly di;cult to find –
and I think I know why. As an experienced RC car veteran once told me, “If
you’re going to build a rocket car, take lots of pictures. ;ey don’t tend to
look very nice for long.” Yes, when you strap a rocket to … well, anything ...
you stand a very high chance of catastrophic failure. As such, most RC jet
cars are either shelf queens or scrap.
Still, there are quite a few notable jet car examples out there, including
a good number of jet dragsters. ;eir chassis layout is much better
suited to handle the high speeds of rockets and jets, and I’d say
they usually look cooler as well. Although most custom
jet cars are set up to use model jet turbine engines,
there are a few quality examples out there
designed to accept one-time-use model
rocket engines. Whether or not
they accept a 200mph+ impact
with a curb is a completely
Whether powered by a jet
turbine or simply a model
rocket engine, these high-speed land missiles tend to
get very hot!