7 Interesting Facts about RC Cars That’ll Make You Look Smarter

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Don’t just be the coolest guy in your neighbourhood who owns and drives an RC car.

You can also be that guy who knows a thing or two about the history of the RC hobby.

Today’s blog won’t just give you a thing or two oddball historical facts related to
RC cars but seven of them. 

Knowing them will make you look smarter and more knowledgeable among your peers when they talk to you about RC cars.

Here we go.

1. First RC model engine ever

The very first record in the history of radio control shows the
inventor Nikola Tesla as the first person ever to demonstrate an RC model engine in 1898.

It was only in the 60s when engines for RC cars were mass produced by El-Gi (Elettronica Giocattoli).

Their very first RC car model sold in the UK in December 1966 was the 1:12 scale Ferrari 250LM.

2. 2.4GHz

No clear documents existed that could tell us who first invented the 2.4GHz band. But did you know that at its earliest days it was used to make radio-guided torpedoes hard to detect by enemies?

We also know that the Nomadio Sensor was the first radio control system to utilize the technology.

3. Ball Differentials

You can’t mention ball differential for RC cars without mentioning the British motor sport engineer, Cecil Schumacher. He started making ball differentials in 1979 and designed ones for RC use.

The first ball differentials were used in 1:12 scale on-road remote control cars.

4. CA Glue

The cyanoacrylate (CA) glue you are using to piece together or ensure strong retention dressings of the nuts and bolts of your RC vehicle was discovered by
Harry Coover Jr. in 1942.

CA glue or Super Glue was originally intended for use to create plastic gun sights during the Second World War. It was rejected.

Nine years later, Harry Coover Jr. and fellow Kodak researcher named Fred Joyner rediscovered the formulation and recognized its great commercial value.

The first CA glue was sold in 1958.

5. Silicone

Did you know that your RC car or monster truck is richly made of silicone-based materials? That’s right. The shock fluid and electric wire coverings are made of silicone.

6. ESC

The first electronic speed control (ESC) sold in the market in the 80s was the Novak NESC-1. It was a reliable, top-of-line device with built-in BEC circuit.

7. The First RC Car Racing Champ in the World

The first known RC car racing champion in the world is Butch Kroells (see picture at the right and the guy behind the champ smoking pipe on the driver’s stand. Yeah, they’re very cool those days).

The event was held in Thorp Raceway, Pomona, California in 1977.

There you have it guys! Hope you enjoy our blog post today.

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Thank you for reading. 

See you next time!