• Apr 6, 2010
R/C cars in slow motion – Click above for the video after the jump

As Dave Chapelle irrefutably proved in 2004, everything is better in slow motion. Similarly, scale race cars are nearly always more interesting than the real deal, partially because any Joe can afford a WRC Subaru that runs off of glow fuel or electric power, and also because sliding a 1/10th remote-controlled car into a ditch is never really "game over" for the day. Plus, as Nissan Canada recently proved with its spot for the 2010 Sentra SE-R, it's hard to tell the little guys from the real deal on film.

So what happens when the you combine scale R/C cars and slow motion? Pure gold, friends. Aside from seeing their Lexan body shells deflect and bend under the bristling power of tiny motors, we also get our minds blown with just how real these things look. Throw in a slightly out-of-focus image, a perfectly designed course and good looking car, and you could nearly replicate your favorite WRC footage. Hop the jump to see for yourself.

[Source: Awdsome via YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a mashup from several peoples' videos. Respect due to the folks who did the original videos.

      The Suby clips are from Tamiya:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3iG_La-FSg

      Most of the track footage is from here:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvNwQEpsCpg

      Baja 5T truck footage is from:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAIMU5vRn8M
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy body flex!!

      Wouldn't it be cheaper to have more rigid bodies that don't break on every third landing? Or is it the opposite...where every 2nd landing a rigid body would break?


      In which case skip the body altogether and go naked!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You want a flexible body, along with semi-rigid suspension. Something's gonna break during impacts, would you rather it be the plastic $2 suspension bit or the $35 chassis plate?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Semi-flexible outer body is best - if it's rigid, any impact will break or bend it. But you want the body to hold its shape.

        OTOH, Buggies wear minimal bodes, mostly to keep dust & dirt off the internals. In this case, the body doesn't touch anything, so rigidity doesn't matter too much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        RC cars are made to last with a lot of abuse... A rigid body would be useless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice video!
      I found this video the other day and I think it's one of the best I've seen for R/C offroad action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiKRh9IRJyQ&playnext_from=TL&videos=EF3kBFDWxs4
      • 4 Years Ago
      That clip made me want to go buy an R/C car...dammit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now to dig up my back yard.

        The track brings back memories of that dirt racing game at the arcades. Nitro something not sure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        2004m3driver: "Now to dig up my back yard. "

        Thankfully (sort of), my yard is already in that kind of shape.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I used to be really big into the hobby... Now I want to go buy a sweet Traxxas E-Maxx.



        :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      Totally awesome!! If they could only make vehicles that could actually do this manufacturers would be rich!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's the background song & that is just simply Sub-Zero or Superb!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's Deadmau5 - Ghosts N Stuff

        Deadmau5 was the leading cause of the death of good electro house.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish good rc cars were cheaper (or heli's for that matter) i'd totally get into this sorta thing. would save me a lot in "reckless driving" tickets lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's actually kinda cool.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As an on-road RCer, I'm cringing every time I see the car hit water...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Deadmau5 FTW!

        Somehow slo-mo cameras make everything totally awesome....


        Love,
        The Jettawagon
      • 4 Years Ago
      i remembered having those r/c model cars...i had the greatest joy from building the car compared to actually playing/racing the thing. lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Size & fantasy alter our perception of physics."

      The porn industry and the RC hobby share something in common.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Never watched slowed down / slow-fly RC airplane footage?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Baja 5T (big truck at the end) looked so awesome, makes me want to build my own weed-wacker powered Baja R/C truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I'll go out and drive my HPI Savage (http://www.hpiracing.com/kits/kitMain.php?partNo=832). I love the smell of burning nitromethane.
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