RC is used to describe remote control and radio controller. Remote controlled cars first came about the 1960s. The first produced cars that went on sale were by an Italian company Giocattoli Elettronica (El-Gi). The first car that went on sale was the Ferrari 250LM. The cars were imported to Britain and were available to the public in December 1966.
The 70s saw more companies jump on the band wagon including the British company Mardave which produced and sold nitro or gas powered cars to the locals in Leicester in the early 70s. The technology evolved and engines went from single to double-piston and then in 1974 the very first electric remote controlled cars hit the stores.
The 80s saw an explosion of these cars and more people cottoned on to them and bought them. The technology was evolving all the time with companies producing newer models with advanced components, offering more speed and better control. Enthusiasts would join organized races and the hobby was at its most popular. It was in the 1990s when to top cars were so expensive many enthusiasts when back to racing in car parks and waste land. This was the time when companies brought out miniature cars. The sizes were on a scale of 1/10 to 1/12 to 1/18.
Today developments of RC cars include models which can perform stunts like real cars. You can create your very own bespoke car, choose the tires, choose the fuel and choose the colour, anything you want. They are still very popular and enthusiasts can still go on organized races if they want. You can buy them in any toy shop or online stores. Enthusiasts can join online communities and social networking sites where they can meet and arrange races with other like minded people. You can even get remote control helicopters.
The great thing about these cars or any remote controlled toy is that they are fun for all types of people and ages. Young boys love cars and planes so of course young boys are going to love them, but they are great for adults from all races that want to explore the child within them.
When buying one you should consider what you want to use if for and how experienced you are. If youre a beginner you dont want to spend a lot of money on a nice shinny car because it looks good, you really need to invest in one that is designed for the beginner.