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How to make homemade remote control car plus electric RC cars?

Updated on September 5, 2011

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Homemade remote controlled cars are a great way for people to enjoy the excitement and speed of racing cars. Most kids grow up with various radio-controlled and remote-controlled electric cars that can navigate easily from a distance.

Here is one of my articles I published a few days back providing some tips on How to make a Remote Controlled Robot Car? This article includes tips for making a remote controlled toy car from scratch including components required to build one that are chassis, remote control kit, batteries, motors, and wheels.

Remote control toy cars are sold in many toy stores and are extremely affordable fun cars but it does not reach anywhere near the full capacity of electric cars. For hobbyists who want to get the most from an electric car including the speed and extreme performance, there are several types available.

When it comes to remote control cars, there are two types, gas cars and electric cars. The gas-powered cars use much smaller engines to power the vehicle. Electric cars use electric motors and tiny on-board batteries to power the vehicle. While some electric cars may only be fired with three times the overall AA, AAA batteries, C or D, electric cars use more intermediate and advanced electric motors with rechargeable battery packs that can be sold with or without electric car body. Obviously, the basic vehicles will be virtually intact and will require simple installation. Some high value electric cars are part of superior quality sold by some online manufacturers, which require a lot of time and adjustment to make.

If building RC toy cars is your hobby, you have landed on the correct page.
If building RC toy cars is your hobby, you have landed on the correct page.
Remote controlled cars for kids and everyone.
Remote controlled cars for kids and everyone.
How to make an electric car reference chart
How to make an electric car reference chart
How to build an electric model car reference chart
How to build an electric model car reference chart

- Who Killed The Electric Car?

For the most part, fully loaded electric cars perform for about 6 to 8 minutes only. Highest speed for these electric cars is about 20 - 30 mph. Believe me, this is quite fast for such small vehicles. Most electric car enthusiasts buy two packages of rechargeable battery and a 15-minute worth charger. With this setup, a hobbyist can easily use another battery when the first battery finishes off.

In addition to the electric motor and the battery, the other major part is the electric car chassis. The chassis is a frame where other parts of the vehicle are attached. Most electric cars are in 1/8 or 1/10 scale. In certain cases, a person can easily exchange a body part with a different scale. For this, you have to trim away the body partly to suit the customer needs. The body should include the hood, accessories, and the overall outer structure. It is important to note that the vehicles should be built with high quality aluminum or graphite chassis for better strength and heat resistance properties.

Good strong tires are another piece of equipment that most of the intermediate electric cars require. Some very basic electric cars require a set to be bought separately. Replacement of tires depends on the load of your vehicle and on which type of terrain you are driving the vehicle.

The electronic speed control is another major part of the electric car. Finally, the radio control unit is usually in the form of a small steering wheel and a lever or a button for acceleration and braking to control the car. These devices can operate from a respectable distance, however, for maximum effectiveness, you should be able to see and monitor your vehicle from a short distance.

For more information, read my next hub: How to build an electric car for sale?

A sample of a homemade electric car.
A sample of a homemade electric car.

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    • DancingRedFeather profile image

      DancingRedFeather 7 years ago

      So very interesting..I have been always interested in mechanics and tinkered in cars all my life. I wonder how much the electric cost will be when the electric car takes over..

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      artrush73 7 years ago

      I always wanted to make an electric car. thanks for explanation. You have a great hub :)

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Pretty cool! I think my brother would love this.

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you, it a great hub.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot DancingRedFeather, artrush73, Veronica Allen, and agusfanani for your feedback, views, and comments.

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      Fortunate 7 years ago

      This is hub I must bookmark.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for bookmarking this hub Fortunate.

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      someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      What would really peak my interest in an all electric car is one that would never need to be charged intermittently.In other words an electric motor/generator,that not only drives the car ,but also provides the energy to run the electric motor.It would still need a battery but the battery would be there to start the system running and to supply any extra power needed for the cars accessories such as a radio,lights,etc.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wow this is a really wonderful idea. Why do not you make a hub on that. I bet this will give you life long hits. If that type of care is built up which does not have any need to charge on a frequent basis just weekly or monthly, that would be really great. I think if this type of long-lasting battery is manufactured for electric cars, it will be really costly but then also will be sold away instantly to electric car owners.

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      sukhera143 7 years ago from Home

      Interesting.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks sukhera for taking your time reading it and finding this interesting hub on building a homemade electric remote car.

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      digvijay 7 years ago

      this is an exciting,interesting hub or article on remote control car

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot digvijay.....

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      scheng1 7 years ago

      I have never even thought that anyone can make remote control cars at home!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It is possible now scheng1 and it is worth a try but it takes a lot of time.

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      RC Nitro Carz 7 years ago

      When my son(11 years old) wanted to move up from toy remote control cars to hobby rc cars I wanted to get him an electric car to start. But he insisted that he only wanted a gas powered rc car. So that is what I got him. Take my advise if your child is under the age of 15 get him ELECTRIC. Gas is just to complicated.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much for your expert advice on RC Nitro Cars.

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      abhi 7 years ago

      i have to take participate in robo race plz suggest me to make a robo car

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      Keshav 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for the info sir but can you tell me how to build a voice enabled car. I mean a toy car or something which runs with voice commands. I will be really happy and thankful to you, if you would be able to assist me in this. Thank you sir.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is the second time I am receiving a request on how to build a car which runs on verbal commands. I will definitely write something on it. Thanks for the comment Keshav.

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      r2d2 6 years ago

      hellooooooooo

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      sam 6 years ago

      can you please show the methods to make the cars

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      RoseGardenAdvice 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Nice hub ... Thanks for the info on building electric cars.

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      Kyle246 6 years ago from United States

      good hub. It seems too complicated for me though lol :)

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @r2d2, sam, rosegardenadvice, and kyle for your comments and motivation.

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      Mr Rudi O'Neil 6 years ago

      Personally I would be really put off by the fact that you get such a paltry amount of time to use them, I mean, I'd want to be out for a couple of hours without having to go through the rigmarole of replacing the batteries every eight minutes.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes that's the problem and technology needs to overcome this. I think there should be RC toys that get powered by solar radiation. How's the idea Mr. O'Neil.

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      sattuvachan 6 years ago

      sir ,

      i wan't to make a remote controlled robot car but i have no idea about it ...

      i searched it a lot but even unable to understand it from your above work ..

      sir can you provide me some details regarding how to make a robot car having decent speed , and power ..

      if i use two simple motors than how many i should i use and if i use four motors than how many ic's should i use and what all stuff should i use ..

      waiting desperately for your reply !!! plzz help me ..!!

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      vineet 6 years ago

      hy can u tell me how to make a remote for the car.

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      funmontrealgirl 6 years ago from Montreal

      fun hub. always a fan of rc's

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      yamindsfdgdfhgfh 6 years ago

      all cars are nice, but what took my attention the most was the ferrari testa rossa, really nice car. However I'm shocked of it's result in voting, being only 6%!

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      kumar 6 years ago

      i need d circuit diagram and components list for rc cars

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      pankaj  6 years ago

      i want to make a wireless remote control car ,a front camera on it,which go through a long distance,in short:-

      give me an idea through which i hv'nt need to follow my car. from one place i want to drive my car for a long distance.wht kind of signal use to control this car. is it possible if use bluetooth,or wi-fi???

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      RC alien 5 years ago

      pretty cool man! but from where can i get a remote kit from sri lanka ( my country) it`s hard to find

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      prajwal 5 years ago

      i want how to do car

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      Jose hernandez 5 years ago

      I want to do a rc car

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      deepddon01 5 years ago

      Hey Please tell me COST for building dis one

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      ashwin 5 years ago

      dnt u think keeping a transformer attached to the dc motor can generate electricity which is enough to run the motors and led lamps.

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      FARMAN 5 years ago

      YA GOOD AM I VERY HAPPY TO SEE THIS HEY TELL ME MAKING REMONT CAR

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      popsearcy 5 years ago

      This is very interesting!I am a current EET student and am wondering if you could help. My class has been given the task of rebuilding an rc model car so that it is push start and only tavels a desired distance in a stright line and stops on a line.. I am have trouble starting and am wonderin if you can be of assistance.If so please reply or feel free to cantact me via email popsearcy@yahoo.com

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      rajindra indunil 5 years ago

      improve our knowladge and some time enjoy r/c trucks,good finishing and so nice

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      vaibhav baldua 5 years ago

      i want to make an working 3D model of racing track on thermacol sheet

      help me out @ vaibhav.dude7890@gmail.com

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      rohan 5 years ago

      its nice

      and helpful can you give me more easy ideas on rohangrr.hubpages.com

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      b dude 5 years ago

      hey just really bored so who wants to come over to my place and have some fun o ya :)

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      rahul 5 years ago

      hey dude i need a 3 cc rc engine for my rc from where i can get it

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      Ansh 5 years ago

      hey

      i made my own wired remote control but i wanted to convert it into a wireless one can u suggest me how can i do that..!!

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      manohar 5 years ago

      hi i m beginer what to do i want make a remote car i read all how start ,,,,componant and..

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      MMMMMMMMM SI9DDHANTHCHAFE@YAHOOH.IN 5 years ago

      THIS ROBATIC CAR IS INTRESTING AND I ALSO MAKED FIVE SIX ROBATIC CAR I HAD GOT THIS CORRECT PAGE FOR LANDING IN RC .

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      gaurav rai 5 years ago

      i want to make a wireless remote

      control car ,a front camera on

      it,which go through a long

      distance,in short:-

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      sanyam 5 years ago

      i want to make a advanced car at home with cameras..one at front and one at back...microphone...horns..................................

      how can i make this type of remote control car????

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      arun 5 years ago

      hi i am arun i want to remodel my rc will u plz suggest me how to make my car more faster than now.......

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      Althaf Nihas Asking help for a Project 5 years ago

      Im a 3rd year student and im doing "Radio Controlled Car with Wireless Webcam" as a project. as a networking student i dont have much knowledge in EE stuff i went through lot of websites but i couldn't find a good resource since. you are going through all the comments i think u will read this and will help me.. not only the auther all the people are welcome to help please help me to get my childhood dream come true... Please sir,m'am

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      neha 5 years ago

      please show that how to built the car.... the procedure

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      giriprasad 5 years ago

      hiii friend am a basic gratutae plzzzzz tel some steps 2 make a remote car

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      rahul 5 years ago

      how can i make a mechanism to make motor running on both direction

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      aman 4 years ago

      can you please guide me for making a rc car

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      Subhag 4 years ago

      please tell me steps of making remote control car

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      Rajinder Soni 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Here is the link to the hub on how to make a remote control robot car https://hubpages.com/games-hobbies/How-to-make-a-R...

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      nidhi 4 years ago

      I want to know that how a car may be built if it has many components.........

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      dheeraj 4 years ago

      most car have circuit if any not any circuit

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      Rajinder Soni 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      What do you mean by this?

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      vamshi 4 years ago

      Hey man i want to make a wireless remote for a circuit can tell me how

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      chintan joshi 4 years ago

      sir actually,i have made many simple car working on motors but never got an idea to make RC remote controlled cars; and will u please suggest me from where can i get more electric stuff needed for such cars?

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      neeraj kumar 3 years ago

      actually i want to make rc remote control system .can u suggest

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      pankaj singh 3 years ago

      great experience

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      Aditya Pingle 3 years ago

      I want to make such ROC car that can be recharged by small solar panel. So please suggest some ideas.

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      rathod vimal 2 years ago

      i make smaall in then in use

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      sanchi 2 years ago

      I have to make a remote cotrol car but ,how

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      Johnd367 2 years ago

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      Harsh 2 years ago

      It's cool. But I wana make a car wid low weight n high efficiency dat it can cross hurdles easily..

      So can u suggest me something..

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