A group of RC car enthusiasts are developing a new kind of RC car, which they hope will break the world RC car speed record. The X3 electric RC car uses a 29.6 volt brushless motor with a pair of Thunder Power RC 4 cell 3300mAh LiPoly batteries to achieve speeds faster than many full scale cars are capable of.
The current world speed record for an RC car is 134.4 miles per hour (216.3 kilometers per hour). A test run of the X3 has been clocked at a speed of 83 miles per hour, but design changes are underway to improve upon this. The motor has a theoretical maximum speed of 274 miles per hour, but friction limits the actual speed that the RC car can achieve. An aerodynamic body is designed to minimize air friction and increase the speed of the RC car to its design goal of 200 miles per hour.
At such incredible speeds, a human driver cannot possibly control the RC car sufficiently. This is why a pair of aerodynamic fins and a gyroscope have been added to the RC car’s body. Without control input, the RC car can speed down a large length of pavement in a perfectly straight line.
The designers also replaced the rubber tires usually used by RC cars with lightweight foam. Unlike the rubber wheels which generate large amounts of heat, the foam wheels can be used at high speeds without danger of disintegrating.
You can read more about the X3 electric RC car at its creators blog.
Learn more about Thunder Power RC by visiting the Thunder Power RC Web site.