Updated February 26, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best RC Nitro Cars

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Whether you're completely new to RC racing or you're looking to graduate from electric motors, you'll find these nitro cars to be fast and furious. They on a nitromethane fuel mixture that results in exceptional performance, and we've ranked them here by their top speed, handling, durability, and maximum running time. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best rc nitro car on Amazon.

10. Redcat Racing Monsoon Truggy

9. Redcat Racing Tornado Buggy

8. Redcat Racing Pro Series Hurricane

7. Traxxas Slayer Pro 4X4

6. Traxxas Revo

5. Traxxas T-Maxx Monster Truck

4. Traxxas Slash 2WD

3. HPI Racing Trophy 4.6 Buggy

2. Losi 1/8 4WD Buggy

1. Traxxas Jato 3.3

Editor's Notes

February 20, 2019:

Traxxas and Redcat hold a lot of the positions on this list, mainly due to the reliability each company has established over the years. There are plenty of small moving parts in these vehicles, and a lot can go wrong, so grabbing a model from an unproven name is a surefire way to spend more time tinkering and less time racing. The Jato made its way toward the top primarily thanks to its speed, but there are also a few fantastic options if you're planning to encounter more hazardous terrain, like the T-Maxx with its enormous and trustworthy wheels.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on February 26, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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