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What kit versions are there for remote controlled cars?

Ramon Schneider
Zurich, on 02.05.2019
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Post-editing: Patrik Stainbrook
The world of remote controlled cars is a world of differences. Some people prefer them ready-made; others want to assemble them themselves. How will I know the difference?

As a newcomer to the remote controlled world, some of the vocabulary can get confusing pretty quickly. The same goes for the descriptions of different kits. Generally speaking, they fit into three categories: Ready to Race (RTR) for beginners, Almost Ready to Race (ARR) for the more experienced and kits for experts.

For beginners: Ready to Race (RTR)

A beginner with no experience of remote controlled cars? Then RTR is the perfect choice for you. RTR stands for Ready to Race. These models come with everything you need: the vehicle, a remote control, a battery and the appropriate charger. Unpack it, switch it on and off you go! The same applies to flying objects, except that the abbreviation is RTF: Ready to Fly.

RS4 Sport Ford Mustang RTR-X
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HPI RS4 Sport Ford Mustang RTR-X
Amx Ghost Dune Rtr (RTR Ready to Race)
46.50
Amewi Amx Ghost Dune Rtr (RTR Ready to Race)
SUMMIT RTR Brushed 2.4GHz mit  Licht 1/16 4WD Monster-Truck (RTR Ready to Race)
Traxxas SUMMIT RTR Brushed 2.4GHz mit Licht 1/16 4WD Monster-Truck (RTR Ready to Race)

Find all of our RTR models here.

For the more experienced: Almost Ready to Race (ARR)

If you have a bit of experience with remote controlled vehicles or have a few of them already, ARR (Almost Ready to Race) is a good fit. Unlike with RTR, you're only buying the vehicle and the electronics. The set doesn't include the remote control, battery or charger. You'll have to own them already or buy them separately. The benefits of ARR models are being able to use your preferred battery and favourite remote control. The abbreviation for flying objects is ARF (Almost Ready to Fly).

E-REVO 2.0 VXL TQi 4WD ARTR (ARR Almost Ready to Run)
Traxxas E-REVO 2.0 VXL TQi 4WD ARTR (ARR Almost Ready to Run)
Kraton 6S BLX 4WD - Monster Truck ARTR - Grün / Schwarz (ARR Almost Ready to Run)
ARRMA Kraton 6S BLX 4WD - Monster Truck ARTR - Grün / Schwarz (ARR Almost Ready to Run)
Mercedes Benz Arocs 3363 Full Options ARR (ARR Almost Ready to Run)
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Tamiya Mercedes Benz Arocs 3363 Full Options ARR (ARR Almost Ready to Run)

Find all of our ARR models here.

For experts: kits

Kit models consist of individual parts to assemble, often without any electronics. This is where your craftsmanship comes in. You'll need to already own the tools and accessories required. The chassis is also often unadorned so that you can customise your vehicle. As these assembly kits involve a lot of time and effort, you'll need some knowledge of remote controlled vehicles before you take on a project like this.

M1A2 Abrams US Full Opt. (Kit)
Tamiya M1A2 Abrams US Full Opt. (Kit)
EP Racing Buggy OPTIMA Kit (Kit)
Kyosho EP Racing Buggy OPTIMA Kit (Kit)
Ace1 (Kit)
Capo Racing Ace1 (Kit)

Find all of our kit models here.

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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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