5 Great RC Car Gifts for the Holidays
Suddenly – and we do mean suddenly – Cyber Monday is upon us. Whether you spent the entire holiday weekend recovering from a turkey hangover or spent endless hours waiting outside of Walmart for a $30 crock-pot – the time to buy online is now! Thank goodness. Chances are your shopping list includes someone with a penchant for zippy RC car gifts. If so, we’ve got you covered. Take a look below for five fantastic RC cars, guaranteed to keep you and your kids entertained this holiday season. Silverlit Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Gone are the days of the conventional radio controller. Silverlit is letting you unleash its Mercedes SLS with the power of your iPhone and Bluetooth. Driving the SLS is as simple as flicking, turning, and pointing your iPhone or iPad. If you prefer using more hands-on controls, the app’s on-screen joysticks do the job as well.
Get it on Amazon: Silverlit Bluetooth Mercedes SLS Remote Controlled Vehicle
It’s a gift any kid (or adult) will enjoy, but it’s the SLS’ various other features like fully functioning gull wing doors and iTunes music streaming that make this one a family favorite for around $100.
Pro: No need to buy a controller
Con: Now your kid won’t let go of your iPhone
Traxxas E-Revo VXL
When it comes to off-road RC cars, Traxxas is the name to know, and the new brushless four-wheel drive E-Revo VXL is the car to have. The off-roady E-Revo comes ready to race with a 2.4GHz radio controller, 7.2-volt NiMH battery, and will go 30 mph straight out of the box. Install a second battery and this thing will jet up to a racy 50 mph.
See More: Traxxas 71074 E-Revo VXL Monster Truck
And if racing these bad boys is your forte, a separate Traxxas wireless system can beam real-time telemetry straight to your smartphone or tablet. As with all new Traxxas vehicles, waterproof electronics mean the E-Revo can stand up to the tests of mud, water and snow.
Pro: Ready-to-race at 30 mph
Con: Not cheap – $320 (even with a discount)
MJX Ferrari LaFerrari
Unless you’re quite well off this holiday season, a brand new Ferrari LaFerrari hypercar probably won’t be sitting out in your driveway. But, there could be one waiting for you in your stocking.
For around $30, you can hot lap the entire house with this radio controlled LaFerrari. Admittedly, its batteries are quite a lot less powerful than a real LaFerrari, but then again you don’t have to spend over a million dollars to enjoy one.
Pro: Great looks, price, and features
Con: You can never own the real thing
Vaterra 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51
If you’ve been looking for an exciting parent-child project to work on of the mechanical sort look no further than the Vaterra Corvette Stingray Z51.
This radio-controlled Corvette is based on Vaterra’s highly upgradeable V100-S chassis, which means you can swap in and out any number of optional parts, including springs, driveshafts, shocks, brakes, a more powerful brushless motor, or a completely different body altogether. The possibilities are endless. For around $290 on Amazon, what kind of ‘Vette will you build?
Pro: Bonding and learning experience
Con: Upgrades can nickel and dime you
The Grasshopper is not new, it’s not revolutionary, and it certainly doesn’t come out of the box ready-to-race. It is, however, proven and quite affordable.
Tamiya originally launched its two-wheel drive Grasshopper model in 1984, and people loved it. It has since made its return, and the fan response is still the same. The Grasshopper design is based on rough-and-tumble Baja buggies and – once assembled – can tear it up both off-road and on. It’s now 30 years old, which means it’s vintage … and vintage is cool. Make one yours for less than $100!
Pro: A hoot back in 1984. A hoot still in 2014.
Con: Controller and battery sold separately
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