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RC drag cars and trucks — including those made for the popular No-Prep Street Outlaw racing category — are specifically engineered to deliver bursts of incredible speed and acceleration. RC drag racing competitions usually take place on surfaces that simulate normal street conditions and feature bracketed elimination rounds. Two RC drag cars line up behind the starting lights and go on green. The winner is the one that arrives first at the end of the drag strip. RC cars built for drag racing can reach exceptional speeds, especially with the right RC drag kit. RC drag cars and trucks can be highly customizable with specially designed RC drag wheels, chassis and RC drag components. The best performing RC cars for drag racing are those that are best able to hold their grip on the surface and avoid pulling to the side. Exciting electric powered drag racing models are available from Tower Hobbies® in the Losi® and Team Associated® brands, in a variety of RC scale sizes and most in the Ready-to-Run completion level (rolling chassis are available for serious competitors).
RC drag cars are on-road radio control vehicles that are specifically designed for drag racing use. They go very fast over short distances, with the drivers following as straight a line as possible given the racing conditions.
RC drag racing competitions usually take place on surfaces that simulate a normal street. When two remote control drag cars race, it’s largely a contest to see which can accelerate the fastest down a measured length of that surface. Radio control drag car races are organized like the real events into a series of tournament-style elimination brackets.
In each round, two RC drag cars line up behind the starting lights. Their drivers punch the throttle when the light turns green, and the car that gets to the finish line first wins. The winner moves on to compete again. The loser is eliminated from the competition. These face-offs continue until only one drag race champion remains.
You can experience the fun and flavor of drag racing inexpensively with ready-to-run (RTR) RC drag cars like the 1/28 scale Associated DR28. But if you’re serious about competing, check out the many RC drag cars available from Tower Hobbies in larger scales with higher performance capabilities. You can find them in ready-to-run, kit, and rolling chassis completion levels. Most use electric power, although RC drag cars designed for nitro engines are also available.
Most of the RC drag cars that are made for competition can reach speeds of about 60 to 70 mph. If the drag car has been modified, it might even be able to top 100 mph!
Despite this incredible speed, some people believe it’s easy to race radio control drag cars. After all, you just point your car in a straight line and punch the throttle, right? Well, it’s not quite that simple. In RC drag racing, every second counts. To have the competitive advantage, an RC drag car must avoid any tendency to pull to one side or the other. Its tires must also keep a tight grip on the track. Being able to set up and tune your car well is as critical as having sharp driving skills.
RC drag cars have tons of power, but they’re also two-wheel drive. Maximum power must get to the rear tires where it can produce the most traction and speed. If the vehicle’s suspension isn’t set up correctly, power can be wasted by simply spinning the tires.
Your choice of tire compound makes a difference, too. Using the right compound for the race-day ground temperature can increase traction and shave precious seconds off of your times. The more you race, the more you learn about mastering all of these details — and the more likely it is that your RC drag car will have the winning edge.
One of the fastest-growing segments of RC racing, called No Prep Drag Racing, features 1/10 scale radio control drag cars. The cars compete on a 132-foot long, 1/10 scale version of full-scale drag racing’s quarter mile strip. If the surface is flat, it’s suitable for racing — no special preparations are made to increase traction.
That makes organizing a No Prep Drag Racing event relatively easy for RC drag car owners who want to meet and compete. Finding a location is pretty easy. Space behind a warehouse in a quiet industrial area provides an ideal setting. The structure of the competition is the same as any other drag race, with bracketed elimination rounds that lead to a single champion.
No Prep Drag Racing is easy to understand and has an undisputed winner at the end. With just one pass on the strip — about three seconds of drive time — each driver has a 50-50 chance of advancing or going home. There are no second chances. It’s RC racing fun at its finest!
The Losi brand at Tower Hobbies offers several 1/10 scale RC drag cars for No Prep racing, including the ’69 Camaro 22S Drag Car and ’68 Ford F10 22S Drag Truck. Both are ready to run and meet the rules and regulations for No Prep Drag Races right out of the box. Officially licensed scale looks provide the perfect complement to their competitive performance.
If you’re an experienced RC driver who’d like to create a custom RC drag race car, Losi takes No Prep drag car design to the next level with the 1/10 scale 22S 2WD No Prep Drag Car Roller. This factory-built rolling chassis comes loaded with option parts in a truly innovative design. Choose the electronics and body you want to race with and fly down the dragstrip in style!
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