Average RC Car Speed (with 27 examples)

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You can expect the average top speed of a hobby grade RC car to be around 35 mph. The following lists what factors affect top speed.

  • Power system
  • Battery
  • Gearing
  • Surface
  • Wheels
  • Aerodynamics

The average speed of an RC car has risen dramatically with the introduction of LiPo batteries and brushless motors. Before lithium batteries and brushless motors you had only one choice if you wanted to go fast, that was NITRO.

Today this is no longer the case as consistently all electric models outperform their nitro counterpart.

Next I will list 27 examples of how fast can RC cars go.

Traxxas TRX-49 mph(15 km/h)
HPI Mini Recon 15 mph(24km/h)
Traxxas Summit23 mph(32km/h)
Traxxas Stampede30 mph(48 km/h)
HPI Blitz 30 mph(48km/h)
Traxxas Bigfoot30 mph(48km/h)
Traxxas Slash Brushed30 mph(48 km/h)
HPI E-Firestorm31 mph(50km/h)
Traxxas Rustler35 mph(56km/h)
Traxxas Bandit35 mph(56km/h)
HPI Bullet Flux 39 mph(62km/h)
Traxxas T-Maxx Classic40 mph(64km/h)
HPI Trophy Truggy Flux42 mph(67km/h)
Losi ten-scte 45 mph(72km/h)
Traxxas Revo 3.3 (Nitro)45 mph(72km/h)
Traxxas T-Maxx 3.345 mph(72km/h)
Losi 8IGHT-E50 mph(80 km/h)
ARRMA KRATON 4s55 mph(88 km/h)
ARRMA KRATON 8s 55 mph(88 km/h)
HPI WR8 FLUX 60 mph(97km/h)
ARRMA KRATON 6s61 mph(98 km/h)
HPI Savage Flux 62 mph (100km/h) 
HPI Vorza Flux 64 mph (103km/h)
HPI Savage xs Flux 65 mph(104km/h)
Traxxas Rustler VXL w/TSM70 mph(112km/h)
HPI E-Firestorm Flux 77 mph(123 km/h)
Traxxas XO-1 100 mph (160km/h)
RC car Top speeds

You may wonder why some of them have a top speed of 100 mph and others top out at 30 mph. There are many factors that decide the speed of a model and I will explain them in the following paragraphs.

How Power System (ESC & Motor) Affects top speed

Power system has by far the biggest impact on top speed. More power = more speed. However more power does not always mean more speed if you can not put the power to the ground in a stable manner. Most often it is the high and short monster trucks that have this problem.

With the advent of brushless motors into the RC world many of the cars are so overpowered that the chassis can not handle the power. When using full power they either spin out or pop wheelies as shown in the video below.

Power systems are divided into 3 main categories.
Note: There is also gasoline but those cars are so rare and huge that I will not go into more detail about them.

We will take look at the same model with brushed, brushless motor and Nitro(glow) engine. This will illustrate how big of a difference it makes.

Traxxas Rustler BrushedTraxas Rustler BrushlessTraxxas Rustler Nitro
Top speed35 mph(56km/h)45 mph(72 km/h)
50 mph(80 km/h)
Battery7 cell NiMH(8.4v)7 cell NiMH(8.4v)
Top speed comparison

*With optional gearing and 3S LiPo.

How Battery Impacts Top Speed

The second biggest factor in top speed is which battery is used.

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