Nitro gas powered RC cars are faster, more durable, and best of all, more energy efficient than other types of RC cars! But with so many products and options, it can be tricky to find the right one. We’ve selected the 8 best based on our testing, and these 8 gas powered RC cars are fun, fast, and offer great value.
HPI Racing Trophy Buggy
If you are thinking of joining the fast growing rallycross buggies racing class, the HPI Racing Trophy 3.5 buggy is one of the best nitro gas powered RC cars and the perfect way to get into nitro 1/8 buggies!
The HPI Racing Trophy 3.5 buggy is race-bred and ready for track action – it comes with a powerful race-legal Nitro Star F3.5 (.21 cubic inch) HPI engine, HB Proto design racing tires, oil-filled shocks, turnbuckles and plenty of tuning adjustment possibilities.
Our tips for using the HPI Racing Trophy 3.5 buggy:
- Replace glow plugs after every 3/4 – 1 gallon of fuel used.
- You will need Nitro Fuel .
Traxxas T-Maxx 4WD Monster Truck
The Traxxas T-Maxx 4WD is the gold standard of Monster Trucks, and has been named “Best Nitro Truck” for four years in a row. It is powered by Traxxas’s proven and reliable TRX 2.5 racing engine and a new, fast EZ-Start electric starting system.
The Traxxas T-Maxx comes with hot new body graphics and low-profile 3.8″ Maxx Chevron tires mounted on mirror-chrome Split-Spoke wheels that deliver agile handling and nonstop forward bite for maximum performance in any terrain, even in rough and steep terrain – we tested it in dirt, sand, grass and slippery surfaces and it runs well.
Our tips for using the Traxxas T-Maxx 4WD:
- The truck’s components are 100% compatible with all current and previous T-Maxx models.
- You’ll need 8 AA batteries and at least a quart of fuel to get running.
Traxxas Revo 3.3 Monster Truck
The Traxxas Revo is a combination of monster innovation, monster versatility and supreme size.
This monster truck’s big dimensions makes it well-equipped with superb all-terrain ability, although it is not built for racing. It’s superior suspension and heavy-duty transmission enables it to back out of any tight spot with a quick flip of a switch, or take on the most brutal off-road pounding.
Our tips for using the Traxxas Revo 3.3 Monster Truck:
- This is not a monster truck that first timers will find easy to control. You should have experience in driving remote controlled monster trucks.
Redcat Racing Volcano S30 Truck
The Redcat Racing S30 Truck is equipped with a 3.0cc SH – 18 2 – stroke nitro engine and is ready to heat up the neighborhood up to 40 miles per hour. Eight aluminum capped oil filled coil over shocks and independent suspension offer rock solid performance as the soft compound monster truck tires trample even the toughest terrains.
Our tips for using the Redcat Racing Volcano S30 truck:
- Replace the plastic switch as it is flimsy.
- This truck does well with flips, crashes and serious jumps.
Traxxas Jato 2WD Stadium Truck
The Traxxas Jato TRX 3.3 racing engine provides stunning acceleration and face-distorting top speed up to 60mph in 4.2 seconds and 65mph top speed, while the Traxxas Stability Management allows arrow-straight acceleration on slippery surfaces, without fishtailing, spinouts, or loss of control.
Our tips for using the Traxxas Jato Stadium Truck:
- While the Traxxas Jato is suitable for harsh terrains, it has a low level of control and stability and does not come built with the safety like the other nitro gas powered cars and trucks.
Traxxas Nitro Rustler
The Traxxas Nitro Rustler is fast – it hits up to 50 miles per hour and is limited only by the racetrack chosen. You get a lot of racing performance here, which is very surprising for a heavy-duty truck.
Despite the size, the body is lightweight and has a very low profile. It comes with the powerful TRX 2.5 engine which allow the truck to accelerate rapidly, and the Alias tires measuring about 2.8″ inches provide excellent traction even during sharp turns, important for a nitro RC truck that can hit these kinds of speeds.
Our tips for using the Traxxas Nitro Rustler:
- The Traxxas Nitro Rustler is also one of the easiest nitro trucks to work on. Changing parts, wheels and switching gears can be done easily.
- You will need Nitro Fuel .
Redcat Monsoon XTR Nitro Truggy
The 1/8 scale Redcat Monsoon XTR Nitro Truggy nitro powered truggy is a versatile vehicle designed for both racing and bashing. It comes with a 4.57cc .28 SH big block engine that provides tons of power for huge acceleration and top speed performance up to 50 miles per hour, and a specially designed composite dual disc brake that gives the Monsoon XTR the high levels of control needed to quickly maneuver corners and other off road obstacles.
The Redcat Monsoon XTR is 1:8 scale so it’s a little closer to the real car it’s modeled after, and driving this truggy feels a lot like the handling of a real 4WD truck. This high performance truggy includes 3 sealed differentials, adjustable suspension, aluminum bodied oil filled adjustable shocks, powerful engine, and front and rear sway bars.
Our tips for using the Redcat Monsoon XTR truggy:
- The Redcat Monsoon XTR is not suitable for beginners.
- You must remove the body to refuel.
Redcat Racing Shockwave Nitro Buggy
The Redcat Racing Shockwave Nitro Buggy is a great first gas powered RC car. It has a decent power and there are a good amount of upgrades that can be done including upgrading the engine, shocks, aluminum parts, and many other parts.
This buggy comes with a nitro 2.67cc Vertex engine, aluminum capped shocks and composite disc brakes. It requires a proper break in of a new motor, so don’t go off racing right out of the box.