Nitro RC Cars Dead? | the future of these machines


If you’re in the market for a nitro powered RC car, then you’ve come to the right place.

Are Nitro RC Cars Going Away?

For those of you who are looking to get your hands on a nitro powered RC car, the apparent lack of them available for purchase may be discouraging for you.

However, nitro RC cars aren’t going away.

Electric RC cars got our hobby at a storm, and definitely more hobbyists are buying Electric cars, making nitro RC cars a niche, like crawlers.
I don’t think it means that nitro is dead, just that its getting smaller.

Nitro will always have its enthusiasts that will keep buying and running them.

Does Electric Kill Nitro? kind of

Are electric RC cars slowly killing off nitro RC cars? You could say so.

Electric is more common due to ease of production and how easily understandable they are for the general user.

However, nitro RC cars are still in demand, and they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

The reason that it may seem like electric is killing off nitro is that electric is more commonly bought and used, but nitro is still alive.

Why Do People Prefer Electric Over Nitro?

It seems that hobbyists prefer electric RC cars over nitros due to the additional costs and slightly more difficult maintenance that comes with owning a nitro powered RC car.

For an electric RC car, all you need to do is charge the battery. With a nitro RC car, the additional cost of purchasing nitro fuel can be too pricey for some people.

Furthermore, those of you less technical minded hobbyists may find the maintenance to be too much for you to handle.

Nitro RC cars are still very popular in races, and in fact, they are the most popular when racing instead of everyday use.

The reason for nitro powered RC cars’ popularity in remote controlled racing is due to the high speeds they reach while on the track. 

If you were to try and race a nitro RC car with an electrically powered one, you would find that there is almost no way to beat a nitro RC car with an electric one.

Why Do People Love Nitro?

If you prefer electric RC cars, you may be wondering why so many people choose nitro RC cars over the more common electrically powered one.

The reason behind the love that so many have for nitro powered RC cars is their speed, as well as the feel they give you. A nitro RC car has ‘soul’  – its loud, smokey and smells, making it much more sensual than electric.

If you’ve ever operated a nitro powered RC car, you know that the speed and power they possess is unparalleled in the electric RC car world. 

Nitro RC cars are a surefire way of ensuring that you beat the electrically powered competition in a big race.

Do Manufacturers Still Make New Nitro Models?

If you’re in the market to buy a fresh and new nitro RC car, then you may have seen the lack of supply and wondered if manufacturers still produce new nitro RC car models.

Yes, Manufacturers still produce new nitro powered RC car models. In fact, one of the biggest producers of nitro RC cars is Traxxas.

Regardless of any rumors, new nitro RC car models are still being produced, even though much more electric RC cars are being produced.

Is Nitro Only For Pro Hobbyists?

If you’re a beginner, nitro powered RC cars may look a bit daunting at first. 

Many beginners get scared off by the technicality of maintaining and assembling a nitro RC car, but we’re going to tell you something that may be a bit surprising to you.

Nitro RC cars are not just for pro hobbyists.

In fact, many beginners get into the hobby by watching nitro RC cars racing, and they become fascinated with how these RC cars function. The only real limitation there for you as a beginner is your willingness to learn how nitro RC cars work.

Even if you have no prior knowledge or experience with nitro RC cars and don’t have the time to dig into the inner workings of these RC cars, there are models that make it easier for beginners to get into the hobby.

One such model is the Redcat Racing Nitro Shockwave Buggy.


Nitro RC cars are slowly losing popularity, especially when new beginners getting into the hobby and they don’t want the hassle that comes with a nitro engine, making nitros a niche within RC cars.

But even though these smokey machines are losing popularity, I don’t think they will die because they are fabulous machines that will still be bought by RCs who like to get their hand dirty.