Ever wonder what the scale numbers actually mean and how big the car actually is? Keep reading and you’ll find out!
The size of a 1/10 RC car is –
- 448-549 mm L x 196-367 mm W x 106-232 mm H.
- Dimensions in Inches – 17.5-21.6″ L x 7.8-14.4″ x 4.2-9.1″.
- Weight: 1.45-5.1 kg or 3.2-11.2 lbs.
|Size in mm||448-549 mm||196-367 mm||106-232 mm|
|Size in inches||17.5-21.6″||7.8-14.4″||4.2-9.1″|
As you can see from the table the dimensions vary dramatically. Next we will Discuss why.
RC Car Scales Definition
RC car scale compares the model to the full size vehicle that it is based on. The reason why not all 1/10 scale RC cars are the same size is that a full size Monster truck is much larger than a full size road car. Therefore the length varies from 448 mm to 549 mm.
1/10 means it is 10 times smaller than the real thing. Although this is more of a rough estimate you can compare 1/10 cars from different manufacturers and they are about the same size.
1/8 scale cars are slightly larger and more robust than their 1/10 scale counterparts.
1/10 Scale Short Course Truck Size, Weight.
Short course trucks are very popular, nearly all major manufacturers have one or more short course trucks in their selection. Traxxas has a huge selection of 11 cars you can choose from in the 1/10 category.
In the next example, we will look at Traxxas Slash and see how big the most popular 1/10 Scale Short course truck is.
|Size in mm||568 mm||296 mm||214 mm||335 mm|
|Size in inches||22.36″||11.65″||8.4″||13.2″|
Traxxas slash weighs 2.16 kg or 4.76 lbs without batteries and 2.44 kg or 5.37 lbs with a 2S 5000 mAh LiPo battery.
View 1/10 scale short course trucks trucks on Amazon.
1/10 Scale Monster Truck Size and Weight
Monster trucks are great if you don’t have a smooth surface to drive on. What they lack in handling they make up in insane jumps and wheelies.
In the next example we will look at Traxxas Maxx and see how big the most popular 1/10 Scale Monster truck is
|Size in mm||549 mm||367 mm||232 mm||329 mm|
|Size in inches||21.6″||14.5″||9.12″||12.96″|
Traxxas Maxx weighs 4.4 kg or 9.7 lbs without batteries and 4.86kg or 10.71 lbs with a 4S 5000 mAh LiPo battery.
View 1/10 scale monster trucks on Amazon.
1/10 Scale Stadium Truck Size and Weight
Stadium trucks are a mix between a buggy and a monster truck. They have a lower ground clearance compared to monster trucks and because of this they handle much better and wont roll over as easy. Traditionally they are 2WD but many manufacturers have a 4×4 version as-well.
In the next example we will look at Traxxas Rustler and see how big the most popular 1/10 Scale Stadium truck is
|Size in mm||445 mm||311 mm||178 mm||289 mm|
|Size in inches||17.5″||12.25″||7″||11.37″|
Traxxas Rustler weighs 1.69kg or 3.72 lbs without batteries and 1.97kg or 4.34 lbs with a 2S 5000 mAh LiPo battery.
View 1/10 scale stadium trucks on Amazon.
1/10 Scale Buggy Size and Weight
Buggies are the best handling off-road vehicles. They often have the highest top speed as-well. They are great if you have a smooth clay or dirt track with moderate jumps. Best to avoid tall grass as the ground clearance is low.
In the next example we will look at Traxxas Bandit and see how big the most popular 1/10 Buggy is
|Size in mm||413 mm||250 mm||178 mm||286 mm|
|Size in inches||16.25″||9.84″||7″||11.25″|
Traxxas Bandit weighs 1.36kg or 3 lbs without batteries and 1.64kg or 3.61 lbs with a 2S 5000 mAh LiPo battery.
View 1/10 scale buggy on Amazon.
1/10 Scale On Road Car Size and Weight
On road cars are best if you have a smooth tarmac road or a parking lot to drive on. On road handling is superior to all other types of RC cars. Ground clearance is very low so the surface must be good.
In the next example we will look at Traxxas Mustang GT (based on 4-tec 2.0 chassis) and see how big the most popular 1/10 on road car is
|Size in mm||460 mm||196 mm||129 mm||256 mm|
|Size in inches||18.1″||7.7″||5″||10.1″|
Traxxas Mustang GT weighs 1.45kg or 3.19 lbs without batteries and 1.73kg or 3.81 lbs with a 2S 5000 mAh LiPo battery.
How Fast is a 1/10 Scale RC car?
The speed depends on many different variables as I discuss in my article about average RC car speeds.
The top speed for a mid-spec 1/10 Scale RC car is 45 mph(72 km/h).
Top-spec 1/10 RC cars are one of the fastest cars on the market. Traxxas Rustler VXL w/TSM will do more than 70 mph(114 km/h).
What Size is 1/10 Scale In Inches?
There is no way to directly convert 1/10 Scale into inches since the scale compares the vehicle to the real life counterpart.
However, 1/10 scale is roughly 20 inches. This means that the vehicle is 20 inches long. This will represent most vehicle types somewhat accurately.