Cool. You’ve figured out whether you want to race on-road or o;-road and have decided to do it with electric power or
nitro. What kind of car or truck do you want to race? ;ere are more categories to choose from than we list here, but these
are the biggies that you’ll find at the vast majority of tracks.
1/8 Nitro Truggy
Truck + buggy = truggy. Truggies are
essentially 1/8-scale buggies with
larger tires, “truck” bodies (they
don’t look much like trucks), and
a wider, longer stance. ;e bigger
footprint makes truggies easier to
drive than buggies.
F1 Cars, Motorcycles
If it has wheels, then there’s a
track somewhere that races it! ;e
“niche” classes are a lot of fun,
thanks in large part to the passion
and fellowship of its fans. Everybody
races 2WD buggy, but if you race F1,
bikes, etc., it’s like being in a special
club. If you’ve got two or more
buddies into a type of vehicle that
isn’t currently raced at your local
track, ask the operators to start a
class for you—most will be happy to
take your entry fees for a Traxxas
Stampede class, Tamiya Wild Willy
class…you name it.
1/8 Nitro Buggy
;is is, by far, the biggest class at
most big outdoor o;-road tracks.
For a lot of racers, the big 1/8-scale
buggies are the best vehicles for
o;-road racing and o;er the most
challenges. But as with all nitro
racing, you’ll want to have engine
tuning and operating experience
before you jump in.
1/8 Nitro On-Road
“;e F1 of RC racing.” RC racing
actually got its start with this class
back in the ’70s. Being competitive in
this arena requires significant tuning
skill, careful car preparation, and nitro
experience. It’s definitely a class you
move up to, not something you jump
into as your first racing experience.
But hey, no one’s going to stop you.
Nitro & Electric Touring Car
Touring cars became popular in the 1990s and 2000s as a “fun class” built on
sport cars, but tourers were quickly refined into serious racing machines. ;e
sedan-racing scene represents high-level competition at most tracks, and
may be more di;cult to break into if your track doesn’t o;er a beginner or
1/10 2WD & 4WD Electric Buggy
2WD buggy is, by far, the most popular form of RC racing. 2WD buggies teach
the fundamentals of racing, with acceleration, jumping, and braking a constant
test—but that’s part of the fun. 4 WD buggies take performance up a notch
(as well as cost and complexity), and many drivers race both classes. Today’s
competition kits work pretty well right out of the box, and can be tuned to
shave fractions of a second o; lap times, helping to expand your knowledge of
tuning and setup.
2WD & 4WD Short-Course Truck
Short-course (SC) trucks blew up when the Traxxas Slash arrived, and it’s still
a popular class. SC trucks are especially good for new racers because the full-fendered trucks are a lot more tolerant of car-to-car contact than open-wheel
buggies. ;e 2WD SC class is an easy entry to RC racing. Competition 4 WD
SC trucks tend to be closer to 1/8 buggies in terms of construction and price,
making the 4X4s more of an expert class.
2WD buggies are RC’s
most popular class.
Short-course truck is a fun
class for all skill levels.
Touring cars represent some of the fastest
and most precise racing in RC.
If you go gas,
nitro buggy is
the top class.
Truggies put down
a bigger footprint,
Nitro 1/8-scale 4 WD cars are
exciting and extremely fast, but they
aren’t recommended for beginners.
If it’s got wheels, then there’s a track
that races it.