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The Great Debate: RTR Vs. RC Kits

The Great Debate: RTR Vs. RC Kits


     Remote control cars have been a favorite hobby for both kids and adults for many years. The thrill of racing these miniature machines against others or performing stunts is unmatched. However, when it comes to choosing a remote control car, there is a great debate between two options: kits versus ready-to-run (RTR) cars. In this blog, we will explore the differences between these two types of remote control cars and help you decide which one is best for you.


     Remote control car kits come with all the individual components that you need to assemble the car yourself. This includes the chassis, battery, motor, electronic speed controller, and remote control. Kits are often preferred by experienced hobbyists who enjoy the challenge of building their own cars and customizing them to their liking. Kits can range in difficulty from easy to advanced, with some requiring more skill and experience to assemble.

     One of the main advantages of building a remote control car from a kit is the ability to customize the car to your exact specifications. This can include choosing your own paint colors, adding upgraded parts, and fine-tuning the car's performance to your liking. Building a kit car can also be a fun and rewarding experience, as it allows you to see the car come to life before your eyes.

    However, building a remote control car from a kit can also be time-consuming and requires a certain level of technical knowledge. Especially if you are planning on putting your vehicle under a lot of stress like extreme drifting or even taking it offroad. If you are new to the hobby or simply looking for a car that you can start using right away, a kit car may not be the best option.


     Ready-To-Run (RTR) remote control cars come fully assembled and ready to use right out of the box. These include well-known brands like Traxxas, Losi, HPI, Redcat Racing, and more. RTR cars are often preferred by beginners or those who simply want a car that they can start using immediately without any assembly or technical knowledge. RTR cars typically come with a pre-installed motor, electronic speed controller, and remote control.

     One of the main advantages of RTR cars is their convenience. You can take them out of the box and start using them right away. This makes them a great option for kids or anyone who wants to start racing or performing stunts without spending hours assembling a car.

     However, RTR cars are typically less customizable than kit cars. While you can still add accessories and upgrades, you may not have as much control over the car's performance as you would with a kit car. Additionally, RTR cars may not be as durable as kit cars, as they are often made with cheaper materials to keep costs low.

     So, which one is better?

     Ultimately, the decision between a kit car and an RTR car comes down to personal preference and experience. If you are an experienced hobbyist who enjoys building and customizing cars, a kit car may be the best option for you. However, if you are new to the hobby or simply looking for a convenient and easy-to-use car, an RTR car may be a better choice.

     It is also worth considering your budget when making this decision. Kit cars can be more expensive than RTR cars, as they often require additional accessories and upgrades to reach their full potential. RTR cars, on the other hand, are typically more affordable, making them a great option for beginners or those on a budget.

     In conclusion, the debate between kit cars and RTR cars will likely continue for years to come. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, and the choice ultimately comes down to personal preference and experience. Whether you decide to build a custom kit car or opt for the convenience of an RTR car, remote control car racing and stunts are sure to provide hours of entertainment and excitement.

-Mike Tippitz

Mike is the Founder and CEO of The Toyz. He has a passion for anything with a remote and a control including cars, trucks, drones, planes, boats and more. When he's not writing about RC toys, you can find him traveling, exercising, or playing with his 7 year old Labrador Retriever named Zip.


A huge thank you to Mike for collaborating with us to promote our shop and his website! We look forward to working together in the future!! 

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