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A Brief History Of Rc Cars

Radio controlled cars first appeared some sixty years ago in the 1940s but the technology at the time was crude and, although cars could be run at speeds of up to 70 mph, it was only possible to run them round and round in a circle on a tether.

By the late 1960s however technology had advanced considerably and miniature solid state radio control systems became available. This meant that cars could be controlled from a control transmitter unit with remotely controlled servo-assisted steering, throttle and brakes. Radio controlled models could now be run on a race track rather than simply in a circle and the precision of control available meant that they could be run in much the same way as a real vehicle.

Despite the advances in technology during the 1960s, it was not until 1976 that the first commercially available cars were seen. Produced by Tamiya (a Japanese company with a reputation for supplying detailed plastic model kits), these early cars were very crude in mechanical terms and somewhat expensive but, nevertheless, they sold well.

Over the coming years Tamiya concentrated its attention on the mechanics of these early models and, by the mid 1980s, they were producing some extremely popular models such as the Grasshopper, Hornet, Blackfoot and Clodbuster with more powerful engines, working suspension systems and textured tyres.

This was really the start of the hobby radio controlled car as we know it today and quickly brought other producers into the market. These included Schumacher Racing (a British company which replaced the then standard solid axle with a ball differential, allowing cars to be finely tuned for different track conditions) and Associated Electrics (a California based company which introduced the model that quickly dominated the off-road racing market - the RC10 off-road electric car).

The 1980s saw a major shift away from what many described as "toy" cars towards truly precision crafted models of the very highest standards. Traditional manufacturing materials were dispensed with as were many of the established production methods. Chassis were now made from high-grade anodized aluminium alloy, which was also used in the manufacture of oil-filled, machined and tunable shock absorbers. Many components normally pressed from plastic were also replaced with high-impact nylon, including such things as suspension control arms and wheels.

Today's interest in off-road 4 wheel drive vehicles was also sparked during the 1980s with the introduction by Schumacher of the Competition All Terrain (CAT) vehicle which won the off-road world championship in 5 out of the 10 years following its introduction.

Competition is of course the driving force behind any market today, including the market for radio controlled cars, and for several years a strong rivalry between Associated Electrics and Team Losi (founded by Gil Losi Jr., a racetrack owner from California) led to a rapid development of high quality models, both technically and in terms of the range of cars available.

Today Associate Electric and Team Losi are still major players in the market and have been joined by others such as the US-based Traxxas company and the Japanese-based company of Kyosho. As these major players continue to compete against each other, and others join the market, so the market for radio controlled cars will go from strength to strength in the years ahead.

Modified Tamiya Grasshopper in Action

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Tamiya 110 The Grasshopper Buggy Black Edition EP RC Car Kit w ESC 84416
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Tamiya America Inc Grasshopper 2WD Off Road Kit TAM58346 $99.99
Time Remaining: 18d 9h 42m
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Tamiya 1 10 Scale Grasshopper 2WD Offroad Buggy Racer R C Kit TAM58346
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Time Remaining: 15d 16h 53m
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Time Remaining: 4d 17h 37m
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Tamiya 1 10 RC The Grasshopper RWD Radio Controlled Car Model Kit Off Road 58346
Tamiya 1 10 RC The Grasshopper RWD Radio Controlled Car Model Kit Off Road 58346 $104.10
Time Remaining: 6d 9h 38m
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TAMIYA 110 THE GRASSHOPPER R C 1984 ORIGINAL RC KYOSHO SPEEDWORKS RARE VINTAGE
TAMIYA 110 THE GRASSHOPPER R C 1984 ORIGINAL RC KYOSHO SPEEDWORKS RARE VINTAGE $195.00
Time Remaining: 8d 12h 21m
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Vintage front strut for Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Mugen Manx hop up $29.00
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Tamiya The Grasshopper II Radio Controlled Car $75.00
Time Remaining: 21d 16h 40m
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Time Remaining: 26d 3h 36m
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Time Remaining: 23d 18h 46m
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Time Remaining: 12d 19h 42m
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TAMIYA HORNET GRASSHOPPER CHASSIS TUB FRAME 0335050 NEW BLACK 2 SUPER
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Tamiya Grasshopper R C Off Road Buggy Kit TAM58346
Tamiya Grasshopper R C Off Road Buggy Kit TAM58346 $104.99
Time Remaining: 25d 21m
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Tamiya The Grasshopper 58043 Sealed Bearing Kit
Tamiya The Grasshopper 58043 Sealed Bearing Kit $10.99
Time Remaining: 24d 10h 51m
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Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper HD steering KIT complete new THE BEST SET ON EBAY
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Time Remaining: 1d 7h 3m
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Tamiya 1 10 The Grasshopper Kit 5843 New Built Vintage From 1984
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Time Remaining: 23d 15h 2m
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Time Remaining: 20d 21h 16m
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Vintage Tamiya Grasshopper 2 Super G Box And Manual
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Time Remaining: 20d 10h 37m
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NEW Tamiya 1 10 Expert Built Series RTR SETNo46 The Grass Hopper 24G 57746
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Time Remaining: 13d 23h 42m
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TAMIYA HORNET BLACK METALLIC EDITION BODY AND DECAL SHEET GRASSHOPPER 2 SUPER
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Time Remaining: 26d 21h 25m
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NEW Tamiya Grasshopper 2WD Off Road Racer RC Buggy Kit 58346 FREE SHIPPING
NEW Tamiya Grasshopper 2WD Off Road Racer RC Buggy Kit 58346 FREE SHIPPING $119.88
Time Remaining: 7d 17h 3m
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Tamiya 1 10 2WD Off Road Electric Grasshopper Buggie Assembly Kit TAM58346
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Time Remaining: 22d 18h 21m
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Time Remaining: 11d 12h 34m
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New Tamiya F103 CARBON REINFORCED FRONT UPRIGHT Upgrade for Grasshopper Hornet
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Time Remaining: 28d 12h 5m
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TRB RC Precision Ball Bearing Kit 10 YE Rubber Sealed Tamiya Grasshopper
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Time Remaining: 20d 19h 7m
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Tamiya RC Hornet Grasshopper Frog 110 Scale GENUINE REAR TIRES 9805034
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Time Remaining: 15d 14h 6m
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Time Remaining: 8d 18h 25m
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Tamiya Hornet Rear Sway Bar Stabilizer Grasshopper Mugen Manx Vintage RC
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Time Remaining: 6d 18h 18m
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Time Remaining: 8d 5h 29m
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Time Remaining: 26d 21h 35m
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER REAR TIRES SAND SCORCHER 9805081 NEW HORNET
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Time Remaining: 18d 8h 32m
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Tamiya Grasshopper With Aluminum Upgrade RTR Futaba New Hornet
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Time Remaining: 24d 19h
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Bolink Lowering Kit BL 5279 Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Manx Vintage RC Part
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Time Remaining: 5d 16h 15m
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Vintage Parma 13277 Aluminum Nerf Bars Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper RC Part
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Time Remaining: 28d 1h 5m
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER VINTAGE ORIGINAL RTR USED
TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER VINTAGE ORIGINAL RTR USED $75.00
Time Remaining: 24d 19h 33m
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TAMIYA HORNET FRONT TIRES SAND SCORCHER 9805033 NEW FROG GRASSHOPPER
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Time Remaining: 25d 23h 52m
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Time Remaining: 14d 10h 42m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Tires Front FROG HORNET TG17
NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Tires Front FROG HORNET TG17 $6.49
Time Remaining: 25d 22h 25m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Wheels Front FROG GRASSHOPPER TH23
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Time Remaining: 17d 18h 31m
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Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car New
Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car New $99.98
Time Remaining: 23d 17h 25m
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Vintage Original Tamiya Grasshopper 58043
Vintage Original Tamiya Grasshopper 58043 $115.00
Time Remaining: 27d 12h 49m
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER BODY AND DECAL SHEET 0335062 9495468 HORNET GRASSHOPPER 2
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Time Remaining: 26d 15h 34m
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Time Remaining: 4d 22h 5m

TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER BLACK EDITION BODY Z MAN PARTS AND DECAL SHEET HORNET
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Time Remaining: 18d 9h 40m
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Time Remaining: 3d 3h 16m
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Time Remaining: 3d 20h 3m
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Vintage You G Nerf Bars Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Manx Cyclone
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Time Remaining: 7d 7h 28m
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Parma 1 10th Scale Tamiya Grasshopper Clear Body PAR10257
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Time Remaining: 10d 18h 19m
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Time Remaining: 29d 20h 51m
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Time Remaining: 22d 2h 54m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Tires Rear SAND SCORCHER TG18
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Time Remaining: 25d 19h 15m
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Time Remaining: 4d 16h 45m
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TAMIYA RC Car 58346 The GRASSHOPPER Kit 1 10 $70.43
Time Remaining: 17d 2h 59m
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Time Remaining: 1d 16h 51m
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Time Remaining: 14d 12h 4m
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Time Remaining: 28d 14h 29m
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Time Remaining: 20d 18h 27m
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The Grasshopper 2005 Re release Off Road Racer 2WD Buggy Kit RC Tamiya 58346
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Time Remaining: 25d 19h 15m
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TAMIYA R C THE HORNET BLACK METALLIC SPECIAL LIMITED Grasshopper
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Time Remaining: 19d 4h 39m
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Tamiya Grasshopper Body Set New
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Time Remaining: 10d 22h 24m
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TAMIYA ALLOY RIM SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET FIGHTING BUGGY SUPERCHAMP
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NIP TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER HORNET CHASSIS TUB FRAME 0335050 NEW BLACK NIB
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