Can You Put Regular Gas in a RC Car?

As the world of RC (Radio Controlled) cars continues to grow, so does the curiosity of what type of fuel they use. The answer: it depends. In general, the type of fuel you need for your RC car is determined by its engine size and type.

Nitro Cars

Nitro powered RC cars are usually the most powerful and fastest types of RC cars available. These cars typically require a special nitro fuel blend, which consists of a mix of nitromethane and methanol.

Nitromethane provides the power, while methanol helps to cool and lubricate the engine. It’s important to note that you should never use regular gas in a nitro-powered RC car as it could damage or destroy the engine.

Electric Cars

Electric powered RC cars are much less powerful than nitro-powered ones, but they are still a lot of fun to drive. These types of cars do not require any type of fuel; instead, they’re powered by rechargeable batteries that need to be charged regularly.

If you try to put regular gas in an electric powered RC car, it will not work as the gasoline will not be able to ignite in an electric motor.


In summary, whether or not you can put regular gas in your RC car depends on its engine size and type. If your car is powered by nitromethane and methanol, then no – you should never put regular gas in it. On the other hand, if your car is electric powered then putting regular gas in it will not work as gasoline cannot ignite in an electric motor.

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James Gardner