the most known RC car that drives on water is the Traxxas Slash 4×4, but its not the only one that can go on water.
Today we will see RC cars that can do the same cool stuff like Traxxas Slash 4×4.
first, let me point out some information about Traxxas Slash 4×4.
Traxxas Slash 4×4 is an electric powered radio control car that can be run on land and on water. It uses a flexible waterproof high-output twin-port electronic speed control and Traxxas Power Cell 7.2 Volt NiMH battery packs.
What other RC cars can Hydroplane?
Of course, there are more than just one RC car that goes on water.
The commonly asked question is Can the Traxxas Maxx drive on water? and the answer is yes (but also No).
straight out of the box, with its stock tyres, the Traxxas Maxx will hydroplane for a second or so and then sink.
If you want it to really go on water you will need to put paddle tyres that help the car push forward rather than sink.
Here’s a list of 7 cars that can go on water (and we have videos):
1. Arrma Senton 3S BLX
2. Traxxas Stampede 4×4
3. ARRMA Kraton 6S
4. ARRMA Granite
5. Rustler 4×4 VXL
6. Kyosho Foxx
Kyosho Foxx also can go on water, but a bit slower than the others, so it looks like it’s going to sink any moment.
There are other cars that go on water, this is just a small list of the ones that do.
Using Paddle Tyres Gets The Car To Hydroplane
Paddle tyres are an optional part of the car that makes it possible for a car to Hydroplane on water.
Those are tyres that have a special shape that can push the water with them, and that makes it possible for your car to move on water.
How To Make An RC Car Go On Water In 3 Stages
- First, you need a fast RC car that reaches at least 20mph, but the faster ones are better.
- Second, you need to make your car as light as possible, this way it will go on water without sinking.
- Third, you need paddle Wheels that can touch the water and that can move quickly to push your car forward.
Some RC cars come with paddle tyres already installed, but some don’t. If your car doesn’t have paddle tyres you need to install them yourself.
How fast does an RC car have to go to drive on water?
About 20 mph.
The speed of your car is very important because if it goes too slow (below 15 mph), it will not push forward and it will simply sink.
If it goes between 15 and 25 mph, you can make it go on water and enjoy the ride, but not for too long because if your RC car is heavy, then the weight of the car will make it sink.
Between 20mph and 30mph is when you can really have fun with your RC car on water, drive it for long, steer, and wheelie.
If your car reaches at least 30 mph you can make it go on water easily and smoothly.
Should Your RC Car Be Waterproof To Go On Water?
It doesn’t matter if your car is waterproof or not since the RC car doesn’t get submerged completely in water.
The only big problem with being not waterproof is that you might short circuit the motor and battery pack, so just take some precautions to avoid this from happening such as using some kind of electrical insulation.
That being said, it sure is better if your RC car is waterproof.
Amphibious RC Car
Some RC Cars are specifically designed to go on land and also on water, you don’t need to modify them to get them to go on water. these cars are called amphibious RC cars.
They are sold stock with the paddle tyres, like the Pussan Car Toy, which is a toy-grade rc car.
The Traxxas Slash 4×4 is the most known RC car that goes on water but there are more cars like the Traxxas Stampede 4×4 and many others that can do it with some modifications.
Your car can also drive on water as long as it goes about 20mph, is lightweight and has paddle tyres.
You don’t need to modify your car in any way for it to go on water. For some cars this might require nothing more than putting the paddle tyres but in other cases you may have to put in a new motor or upgrade the gearbox.