Unleash your inner child with these awesome R/C cars (and tanks)
Remote-control cars are brilliant things for enthusiasts both young and old. When I was a child, I had a remote-control Jaguar XKR and it was one of the coolest things going, because it meant I could race my dad with his remote control Peugeot 206 WRC. That was over 10 years ago and remote control cars are still things I want.
However, remote control cars have move on since the 2000s, with many being able to have fully detailed interiors, ridiculously powerful motors and some even have the capability to have fully programmable features such as LED lighting and sounds!
Now, you can get all sorts of wonderful R/C cars, ranging from supercars, off-road buggies and even tanks! Yeah, you can get remote control planes and boats, but those are worth their own piece. Let's look at some cool R/C land vehicles you can buy right now.
Tamiya is know for making some of the best R/C cars in the industry and the Grasshopper is a great way of getting into the brand. The Grasshopper is a basic buggy design with chunky tires and strong enough bodywork to withstand some high-speed impacts. Expect to pay about £140.
Tamiya Lunch Box
Tamiya's Lunch Box is probably one of the most iconic R/C cars, and it's been on sale for many years. The Lunch Box is a monster truck which means you can drive it all over the garden and not worry about it getting stuck. If don't have a garden, don't worry as it's pretty fast on pavement too. The pack we found on Amazon comes with batteries and a fast charger. It'll set you back £180.
Heng Long Tiger I
If you're anything like me, you like the idea of having your own tank but can't seem to find the space to keep a full-size one. However, you can buy R/C tanks and this Tiger I seems like a good deal. It has smoke and sound effects so you can pretend you're in the battlefield with this monster. Also, if you look deep enough on YouTube, you can find videos of weaponised R/C tanks... how cool is that?! If you want one of these, expect to pay around £110-120.
Heng Long Challenger 2
Much like the Tiger I, the Challenger 2 is an iconic battle tank and can be yours in R/C form. The Challenger 2 is the main battle tank used by the British Army and can be seen all around the world, whereas the Tiger I is mainly seen in museums or at reenactments. The Challenger 2 is a little more expensive, coming in at £157, but has loads of customisation features and is full of detail.
Traxxas Land Rover Defender
Traxxas make some of the best R/C cars out there, with their cars rivalling stuff from Tamiya. The Traxxas Land Rover Defender might just be one of the coolest R/C cars you can buy because it'll tackle almost anything you throw at it. If the pictures are anything to go by, it'll be fine in water, climbing rocks and the like. Yeah, it's expensive coming in at £476 but I reckon it's worth it. Get yours here.
Traxxas Ford GT
A R/C car list wouldn't be complete without a supercar. Traxxas offers a highly detailed version of the latest Ford GT complete with a fully adjustable chassis, all-wheel drive and a top speed of over 30mph. That's right, this R/C car can break some speed limits on public roads. I know you want one, and I want one too but, it'll cost £360 but some places have it on sale at £320.