What Does the Scale Mean on a RC Car?

RC cars are a great way to get some fun and excitement out of your free time. But, if you’re just starting out with RC cars, you may be wondering what all the numbers and scales mean on different models. The scale of an RC car is simply the ratio between its size and that of the real-life vehicle it’s based on.

For instance, a 1:10 scale RC car would be one-tenth the size of a full-sized car. This is the most common size for RC cars, taking up just enough space to fit in your hand or on your desk yet still having enough detail to make it look realistic. 1:10 scale RC cars also offer plenty of power when it comes to racing and drifting.

Other scales are available, however, if you’re looking for something bigger or smaller than 1:10. For instance, a 1:12 scale would be one-twelfth the size of a full-sized car while a 1:8 scale would be eight times larger than 1:10.

Micro-scale RC cars are also available in sizes as small as 1:64 or even smaller. These micro-scale vehicles are incredibly detailed and perfect for tight spaces like your office desk or around your house. While they don’t have as much power as their larger counterparts, they can still turn corners and race with ease.


The scale of an RC car can tell you a lot about its size and power capabilities. A 1:10 scale is the most popular choice for many racers due to its balance between detail and power while micro-scale models offer lots of detail but less speed. No matter what type of vehicle you’re looking for, there’s bound to be an RC car with the perfect scale for you.

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James Gardner