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Crawler, Drifter, Buggy: what’s the difference?

Ramon Schneider
Zurich, on 24.04.2019
Support: Tino Kälin
Translation: Patrik Stainbrook
The world of remote controlled cars is a world of differences. Some bet on speed, others on off-road capability. Which one suits you?

RC cars are available in any way you could imagine. There are monster trucks, trucks and even tanks. However, the four most popular categories are crawlers, racers, drifters and buggies. But are they really that different? You bet they are.

Crawler

When it comes to driving, Crawlers come the closest to real cars. They’re extremely flexible when it comes to terrain, and their gear reduction makes them on any inclination. Their all-wheel drive helps them to cross even rough terrain effortlessly. Compared to the other RC cars, however, Crawlers are rather slow.

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Racers

Racers, or flat trackers, are the [fastest vehicles] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aKaezb_3Dg) on show here. Thanks to their aerodynamic surface and the small distance between them and the ground, these RC cars are extremely manoeuvrable. They are therefore ideal for competitions on dedicated racetracks.

Depending on the model, these vehicles have two-wheel or all-wheel drive, which transmits the power via belts or a cardan shaft. Depending on the weather or the state of the ground, you can mount different tyres on these models. Nothing will be able to hold a candle to your speed.

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XO-1 (RTR Ready to Race)
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Drifters

The construction of drifters is almost identical to that of flat trackers. They also have a smooth underbody and use either a belt or a cardan drive. However, drifters are powered by their rear wheels. The biggest difference lies in the tyres. Flat trackers rely on speed and therefore on soft tyres. Drifters, on the other hand, want [little traction] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y-xdXw6iWc) and therefore use hard rubber or plastic for their tyres.

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Tamiya TT-02D Drift Spec Chassis (Construction set)
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Buggy/Truggy

With Buggies and Truggies, the fun lies particularly in [«bashing»] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4wOjeINxrg) others. These things were designed with violence in mind. No matter if it’s on the streets, a lawn, in the dirt or on a boulder. You’ll mow down anything in your way thanks to their large tyres and more than forgiving suspension. They’re not the slowest cars either. Depending on the battery, you can drive at up to 100 km/h.

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Ramon Schneider
Ramon Schneider
Junior Editor, Zurich
Riding my motorbike makes me feel free, fishing brings out my inner hunter, using my camera gets me creative. I make my money messing around with toys all day.

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