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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 Hornet Grasshopper Rear Damper Set Vintage Package
Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Rear Damper Set Vintage Package $19.99
Time Remaining: 9h 27m

New Tamiya 1 10 R C Car Series No346 The Grasshopper Chassis Kit ITEM58346
New Tamiya 1 10 R C Car Series No346 The Grasshopper Chassis Kit ITEM58346 $73.00
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Tamiya The Grasshopper 58043 Sealed Bearing Kit
Tamiya The Grasshopper 58043 Sealed Bearing Kit $10.99
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Tamiya 1 10 Grass Hopper 2 Vintage Nice Shelf Queen $175.00
Time Remaining: 1d 10m

NEW Tamiya 1 10 Expert Built Series RTR SETNo46 The Grass Hopper 24G 57746
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER 58346 NEW IN BOX $75.00
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Tamiya 1 10 Scale Grasshopper Reissue Buggy Chassis Assembly $34.95
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CRP 1556 Front Shock Kit Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper RC Part
CRP 1556 Front Shock Kit Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper RC Part $75.00
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Tamiya Grasshopper Body Set New
Tamiya Grasshopper Body Set New $35.00
Time Remaining: 11d 22h 58m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Bumper BRAT FROG GRASSHOPPER TH5
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Time Remaining: 20d 23h 22m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Parts A Arm LUNCH BOX HORNET TG8
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Tires Front FROG HORNET TG17
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Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Frog Tires 9805033 9805034 w Black Wheels
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER FOR PARTS OR REPAIR $45.00
Time Remaining: 3h 37m
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NEW VINTAGE RARE PARMA TIRES WHEELS TAMIYA FROG GRASSHOPPER ROUGH RIDER
NEW VINTAGE RARE PARMA TIRES  WHEELS TAMIYA FROG GRASSHOPPER ROUGH RIDER $0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 20m

Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car New
Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car New $111.37
Time Remaining: 2d 5h 30m
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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: 2d 5h 42m
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NEW TAMIYA FROG Tires Front Set GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF32
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Vintage Tamiya Grasshopper 110 Off Road Electric Buggy
Vintage Tamiya Grasshopper 110 Off Road Electric Buggy $89.95
Time Remaining: 17d 10h 34m
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NEW TAMIYA FROG Wheels Rear GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF36
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New Tamiya F103 CARBON REINFORCED FRONT UPRIGHT Upgrade for Grasshopper Hornet
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Time Remaining: 8h 44m

NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Wheels Front FROG HORNET TG20
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Time Remaining: 27d 6h 59m
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Tamiya 1 10 2WD Off Road Electric Grasshopper Buggie Assembly Kit TAM58346
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New Tamiya C Part for Vintage GRASSHOPPER II 2 or SUPER HORNET RISING FIGHTER
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Time Remaining: 25d 16h 40m
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NEW Tamiya Grasshopper 2WD Off Road Racer RC Buggy Kit 58346 FREE SHIPPING
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Time Remaining: 16d 5h 8m
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Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Frog Tires 9805033 9805034 w Wheels 0555067 0555066
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Axle Front Uprights HORNET TG2
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Time Remaining: 4d 9h 43m
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Tamiya Grasshopper Sand Scorcher 4 Tire Set for New or Vintage Model RC Car
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Time Remaining: 20d 20h 36m
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Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Chassis 0335050
Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Chassis 0335050 $11.00
Time Remaining: 9d 23h 34m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Wheels Rear FROG GRASSHOPPER TH24
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Time Remaining: 25d 8h 37m
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Tamiya Hornet Adjustable Motor Mount Kit Gear Cover Lunchbox Grasshopper 16t 22t
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Time Remaining: 22d 4h 4m
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NEW TAMIYA FROG Tires Rear Set GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF33
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Time Remaining: 29d 4h 52m
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Vintage Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Roller Not Reproduction
Vintage Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Roller Not Reproduction $9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 5h 47m

BLUE Rubber Sealed Ball Bearing Set For TAMIYA RC 58346 GrassHopper
BLUE Rubber Sealed Ball Bearing Set For TAMIYA RC 58346 GrassHopper $8.85
Time Remaining: 23d 9m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Body Decals TG3
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Time Remaining: 4d 9h 44m
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Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper HD steering KIT complete new THE BEST SET ON EBAY
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Time Remaining: 18d 6h 35m
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Parma 1 10th Scale Tamiya Grasshopper Clear Body PAR10257
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Time Remaining: 14d 15h 13m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Chassis GRASSHOPPER TH6
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Time Remaining: 14d 8h 13m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Parts Z Man FROG HORNET TG12
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Time Remaining: 14d 8h 13m
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TAMIYA 110 THE GRASSHOPPER R C 1984 ORIGINAL RC KYOSHO SPEEDWORKS RARE VINTAGE
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VINTAGE Tamiya The GrassHopper 1 10th Scale RC Off Road Racer for Restoration 35
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Time Remaining: 2d 10h 7m

STICKERS Grasshopper Vintage 58043 ReRelease 58346 Decals RC Tamiya 9495468
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Diff Gears+Rear Axles HORNET TG6
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Time Remaining: 2d 3h 47m

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New Tamiya GRASSHOPPER II 2 or SUPER HORNET A Part Tree Front Suspension
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Tamiya Grasshopper II 58043 Sealed Bearing Kit
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Time Remaining: 26d 7h 34m
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The Grasshopper 2005 Re release Off Road Racer 2WD Buggy Kit RC Tamiya 58346
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Diff Gears+Rear Axles GRASSHOPPER TH7
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Screw Bag B C 9465654 9465652 TG15
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER REAR TIRES SAND SCORCHER 9805081 NEW HORNET
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Tamiya 58346 RC Grasshopper 1 10 Re Release RC Car
Tamiya 58346 RC Grasshopper 1 10 Re Release RC Car $76.00
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ALLOY RIM TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET FIGHTING BUGGY SUPERCHAMP
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