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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 Grasshopper Partially Built Kit Spektrum DX3E DSM Radio Onyx 200 Charger $74.00 (24 Bids)
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NEW Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper 2WD Kit 58346 NIB
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Vintage Tamiya Grasshopper II Not Super G
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Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper rear shocks
Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper rear shocks $20.50 (6 Bids)
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Vintage 1990 Tamiya Grasshopper 2 for parts or restoration $8.00
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ALLOY RIM TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET FIGHTING BUGGY SUPERCHAMP
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TAMIYA RS 380 MOTOR ADAPTERS GRASSHOPPER USED $1.00
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TAMIYA SCREW BAG B X8619 GRASSHOPPER PAJERO LUNCHBOX NEW
TAMIYA SCREW BAG B X8619 GRASSHOPPER PAJERO LUNCHBOX NEW $2.75 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 16h 23m

Tamiya 110 The Grasshopper 2005 W ESC EP RC Car Kit Off Road Buggy 58346
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Tamiya The Grasshopper II Radio Controlled Car
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OP913 Tamiya The Frog 2005 Aluminum Wheel Adapter Hornet Grasshopper
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER II REAR TIRES WHEELS USED
TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER II REAR TIRES  WHEELS USED $1.00
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 59m

Tamiya RC Hornet Grasshopper Frog 110 GENUINE REAR TIRES AND WHEELS 9805034
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Alloy for Tamiya Lunch Box Midnight Pumpkin FAV Wild One Hornet Grasshopper CW01
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Original Never Used Tamiya lunchbox Pumpkin Grasshopper Hornet Gear Box
Original Never Used Tamiya lunchbox Pumpkin Grasshopper Hornet Gear Box $20.00
Time Remaining: 4d 9h 58m

Vintage Panda Cyclone front bumper 454591 Mugen Manx Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper
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Tamiya driver painted for Frog Hornet Grasshopper
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ORIGINAL VINTAGE TAMIYA THE GRASSHOPPER RC CAR FUTABA RADIO SYSTEM
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER HORNET STAINLESS SCREW SET UPGRADE RCPG ITEM 1101
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2mm WASHER The Grasshopper Hornet Super Clod Buster Boomerang RC Tamiya 9805758
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Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Lunch Box Midnight Pumpkin Gearbox B parts 0005276
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Tamiya RS380S Johnson 380 Motor w pinion HornetGrasshopper Part TAM 7435039
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Tamiya Grasshopper B parts Gearbox 0005069
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Tamiya Rear Shaft for Grasshopper II Vintage 2
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Tamiya America TAM 110 Grasshopper Kit 58346 TAM58346
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MRC Tamiya Vintage A parts X 10210 Grasshopper ll Super Hornet NOS
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Vintage Tamiya Frog Grasshopper Hornet 3 Piece Front Wheels By AJS 0194
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Tamiya Frog Buggy Bumper Under Guard Set Frog Grasshopper Hornet NIB
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New Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Front Axle Uprights 0445128
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TAMIYA ROD BAG GRASSHOPPER OR HORNET NEW
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Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Uprights 0445128
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TAMIYA 9465286 SCREW BAG C GRASSHOPPER II SUPER HORNET NEW
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TAMIYA SCREW BAG C 9465654 GRASSHOPPER HORNET NEW
TAMIYA SCREW BAG C 9465654 GRASSHOPPER HORNET NEW $2.00
Time Remaining: 2d 16h 23m

Tamiya RC Hornet Frog Grasshopper 110 GENUINE FRONT TIRES AND WHEELS 9805033
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Time Remaining: 27d 16h 52m
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Trc Bbs Mesh Front Wheels For Foam Tires Tamiya Axles F102 F103 Frog Grasshopper
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Time Remaining: 2d 17h 25m

NEW TAMIYA SUBARU BRAT Bumper FROG GRASSHOPPER HORNET TB9
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HUB tamiya Grasshopper Monster Beetle Sand Scorcher Fighting Buggy Champ 53913
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BUSHING SET Tamiya CC01 Grasshopper Hornet Lunch box more
BUSHING SET Tamiya CC01 Grasshopper Hornet Lunch box more $3.49
Time Remaining: 2d 18h 17m

TROLL 15 TIRE REAR YEL TRACTR FIT TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER FREE SHIPPING NEW
TROLL 15 TIRE REAR YEL TRACTR FIT TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER FREE SHIPPING NEW $10.00
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Tires Rear SAND SCORCHER TG18
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MRC TAMIYA ORIGINAL PARTS X8719 REAR SHAFT GRASSHOPPER HORNET NEW
MRC TAMIYA ORIGINAL PARTS X8719 REAR SHAFT GRASSHOPPER HORNET NEW $3.00
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Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper 2WD 80s off road Vintage Buggy w transmitter
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Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Chassis 0335050
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Tamiya Original Midnight Lunchbox Grasshopper Hornet Parts Lot
Tamiya Original Midnight Lunchbox Grasshopper Hornet Parts Lot $20.00
Time Remaining: 4d 9h 53m

Tamiya Grasshopper Sand Scorcher 4 Tire Set for New or Vintage Model RC Car
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NOS Tamiya B Bag For Lunchbox Pumpkin Grasshopper Hornet
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER ESC TBLE 02S Speed Control TGE
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TROLL 15 TIRE SET YEL TRACTOR FIT TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER FREE SHIPPING NEW
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Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Front Aluminum Shock Mount Black by Hot Trick
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