Why Does My RC Car Have Steering but No Throttle?

Remote control (RC) cars are a popular hobby among both the young and old. Controlled by a handheld device, they can reach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and come in different sizes and styles. But why do some RC cars have steering but no throttle?

The answer is surprisingly simple: RC cars are designed for different purposes. Some RC cars are built for racing, with full steering and throttle capabilities.

But others are designed for more casual use, with limited steering but no throttle. This type of car is often used by younger children who don’t have the skill level necessary to control a full-throttle vehicle.

In addition to being safer, these “steering only” RC cars also offer other advantages. For example, they require less power than full-throttle vehicles, meaning they can be driven for longer periods of time on a single charge. They also tend to be cheaper since they don’t require as many components or sophisticated electronics.

For those looking for an even more casual driving experience, there are some RC cars that feature limited steering and no throttle whatsoever. These vehicles typically feature an electric motor that’s activated by a switch on the remote control. This allows the vehicle to move in one direction at a constant speed without the need for any additional input from the driver.


RC cars that have steering but no throttle offer an enjoyable driving experience for all levels of experience. They provide safety benefits due to their limited capabilities and can be driven for longer periods on a single charge due to their lower power requirements. For an even more casual experience, there are some models that feature limited steering and no throttle at all.

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Stephen Dunn