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This custom-built R/C car could beat most production vehicles in a top-speed race

By Shawn Knight
Mar 28, 2014
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  1. Hobbies outside of computers and technology are aplenty. A few years back, I delved into R/C cars with a few friends and while I enjoyed tinkering with my car's internals to squeeze every last drop of performance out of it...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,754   +1,107

    Pretty cool, although I wonder how hard it is to build a car like this. Must be pretty tough or it would have been done before now. But on the other hand, compared to a car that has a person in it it would be far easier. No safety features or strong frame to protect a driver required. You could make it as light and dangerous as you wanted.
     
  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    Im more curious how you can control something like that at such a high speed. I mean if one little thing got out of place like even a small stone that would send the RC car flying.
     
  4. je29836

    je29836 TS Rookie Posts: 26

    That could give a mouse the ride of his life lol
     
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  5. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 752   +273

    The aerodynamics would help push the R/C to the ground (giving it more stability). Otherwise, I'm sure they did a sweep of the track so they wouldn't have a moment of liftoff :p
     
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    Hate to be blunt, but what's the point? If you can't control it at those speeds at all, that means it is not any better than a rocket, but the latter can go faster.
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

    Imagine it is just like trying to set some OCing record. What is the point of having something at x.xxxGhz if you can only boot it with liquid whatever? It is a hobby, that is all that is necessary.

    I played with build it yourself RC cars for many years growing up. Tried to revisit it a couple different times later in life. I still have a bit of the passion for doing it, but without a friend to share the hobby with it doesn't do much for me. I was also too poor to afford good enough components to go real fast.. Now I'm less poor, but have nobody that shares the hobby nearby.
     
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  8. There are RC Race tracks in most cities. Most guys there, and also the track/shop owners, are very friendly and like to promote the RC hobby.
     
  9. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 494   +126

    I have clocked my RC car at 65MPH back when it was built for speed, and it got there in like 5-6 seconds so pretty comparable to a modern card in acceleration.
     
  10. Oppenheimer001

    Oppenheimer001 TS Rookie

    Basically no practical application without a rail system component. Then you can call it high speed rail.

    If you have humans riding it, they are mere passengers without the ability to intervene in programming, correct or delete, steer or control the applied throttle, g forces and ultimate destination.

    That is called an automobile.

    People would not feel secure riding on a pro-programmed r/c vehicle without rails, as it could easily be hi-jacked.
     
  11. I want to race this "car that can beat most production vehicles in a top speed race", at top speed around the nurburgring, with me on my motorcycle.
    Seriously though, if you cannot sit in or on it, what's the f kin point? I'm sure I'm having more of a thrill at legal speeds sitting on my bike than this guy is with his controller.
     

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