I am continuing with my price tier lists featuring the TOP RC cars money can buy. Today, we are going to take a closer look at the under $300 RC cars which will, quite frankly, amaze you with their quality. While we already had some of these models featured in our best RC cars under $200 list, they are still a minority.
The majority of below-listed models belong to the $200 (RC Cars under $200) to $300 price range, we’ll go from #10 to #1 best RC car under $300. That’s the golden area for middle-tier models which are having quite the battle going on. There’s a whole heap of them on the market and each sale is considered precious.
With all that in mind, why don’t we take a closer look at some of the finest RC cars under $300 out there? True, there are other RC cars that you can choose from, but in my honest opinion, these 10 represent the best value for money!
Best RC cars under $300 list
|10. HOSIM S911||30mph||1/12||10min||See price now|
|9. WLTOYS A979||30mph||1/18||20min||See price now|
|8. BABRIT ROCK |
|30mph||1/12||15min||See price now|
|7. TECESY MONST. TRUCK||40mph||1/12||20min||See price now|
|6. TEAM ASSOC. 9042||35mph||1/10||20min||See price now|
|5. REDCAT BLACKOUT |
|35mph||1/10||25min||See price now|
|4. ARRMA GRANITE BLX||60mph||1/10||30min||See price now|
|3. REDCAT TORNADO |
|40mph||1/10||40min||See price now|
|2. TRAXXAS RUSTLER||35mph||1/10||15min||See price now|
|1. TRAXXAS SLASH||30mph||1/10||15min||See price now|
Keep in mind that the numbers in this list will vary slightly with stock/upgraded systems. When DIY kits are in question, we took the middle-ground hardware (not the most expensive ones) and achieved the numbers shown above.
10. HOSIM S911
Oversized and texturized wheels are the first thing you will notice when you take a glance at HOSIM S911 RC car. Those wheels allow it an extra edge when it comes to off-road driving. That’s pretty much what this monster truck is all about!
It’s pretty fast for its price! By sporting a solid 390 brushed motor, this 1/12 RC monster truck can do more than 33 mph with ease. With such a huge top speed, you will find yourself surpassing the maximum operating range which hovers around 250 feet. While that might not seem that far away to you at first… when you get a hold of it, trust me, it will annoy you on occasions.
Moving forward, it is important to note it sports S-Truck suspension technology and is good at driving over uneven terrains such as rocks or other types of bumps on its way. Additionally, the electronics are semi-waterproof meaning you can drive this thing through mud and puddles without having to worry about it breaking or anything like that.
This is, by far, the cheapest option in this list but it serves its purpose well. HOSIM S911 is a fast RC car with good endurance and ease of use. As such, it will definitely continue attracting many buyers and being an absolute hit in the budget market.
9. WLToys 1/18 A979
WLToys is a well-known brand that doesn’t just work with RC cars but drones as well. They are enjoying quite the popularity in a toy-grade section of the drone market which is bringing them a lot of success… and revenue. But, are they good at making RC cars as they are at making drones? Well, keep on reading in order to find out!
Starting off with the design, WLToys A979 sports a slim canopy with a sleek black and red color combination on its body. The wheels are pretty big and the tires are nicely texturized for better grip on demanding terrain. But, the insides are much important than the outside appearance. That’s why we should check out this little fella’s specs in order to get a better picture!
When it comes to the performance of this awesome monster truck by WLToys, things are looking outright awesome! The range is nothing short of brilliant with up to 100 meters of pure fun. WLToys A979 is quite fast too, raking in cca 30mph (50+km/h) without breaking a sweat. How about that for a very aggressively priced RC monster truck?!
Furthermore, it is finely poised with 4WD system, huge wheels and high-end suspensions that grant excellent off-road performance. The show is run by a 1100mAh 2S battery and 390 brushed motor. If you don’t mind me noticing – that hardware is more than enough to keep children (and adults) of all ages occupied for quite some time.
8. Babrit Rock Crawler 4WD 1:12
We are continuing our mission with one of Babrit’s mid-tier models. It’s a 1/12 buggy. It is noticeably lightweight and features a sturdy design which is always a big plus. While it might not be the biggest RC car out there (just 42 cm in length), it is notably powerful. Let’s take a closer look and see what’s hiding underneath this beauty’s hood!
That is not surprising considering it is running on the 540 brushed electric motors. It is known for achieving solid speeds and does exactly that – providing Babrit Rock Crawler to more than 30 mph.
Combine that with its excellent controller that runs on 2.4GHz frequency and can operate with buggy being inside a 100-meter radius… Now you got to, at least, consider going for this one!
What’s even more interesting is its 1500mAh battery. Unfortunately, you cannot make a significant upgrade that could potentially boost the operating time (cca 10-15 minutes) and/or top speed. Still, even with that out on the table, I still believe Babrit made a good job. It’s definitely worth checking out, trust me!
7. Tecesy 1/12 Monster Truck
Tecesy’s RC truck sports a similar appearance to that of Babrit’s Rock Crawler. Other than that, these 2 RC trucks also have a lot in common when it comes to performance. Even though they don’t run on the same hardware, they are still pretty similar. Let’s see what exactly can be added to that!
First of all, this RC truck comes equipped with a 2838 4500Kv brushless motor which is a significant upgrade over Babrit. Moreover, it also sports the popular 35A brushless electric speed control which makes it go extremely fast. We are talking over 40 mph with ease!
Feature-wise, Tecesy 1/12 Monster Truck offers around 80 meters of operating range as well as a 4-wheel drive to help it maintain high speeds on, particularly rough terrains. The stock 7.4V 1500mAh Lithium-Ion battery powers everything up and allows roughly 15 to 20 minutes of driving time.
All in all, there is no doubt that Tecesy did a good job with this one, and they are making it loud and clear with their presentation. One thing is clear though – they can be proud of this model as it is bound to deliver more success their way.
6. Team Associated 9042
The second spot on this list goes to a not really well-known model. While Team Associated isn’t exactly the most popular RC brand out there, I am sure that will change soon as their 9042 (yup, that’s the official name of this buggy) simply breathes excellence.
In order to look as objective as possible, I will first state the downside – it doesn’t have 4WD – just 2WD. Despite that, this buggy can still perform on rough terrain but don’t expect any rock-climbing techniques since it is not that versatile. You can try, but I suppose it just won’t be able to budge with just 2-wheel drive and brushless motor… We all know they aren’t the best when it comes to rock crawling.
Now let’s move onto the good stuff. Leading the charge, we have the XP SC500-BL brushless and waterproof ESC as well as the Reedy 3300kv brushless motor which, combined, allow Team Associated 9042 to perform amazingly.
Likewise, this RC buggy is also rather durable as well. It is made out of blue anodized aluminum with V2 coil-over shock absorbers. Unfortunately, you will need to provide this little fella with a battery pack. It supports 6-cell NiMHs or 2S LiPos featuring T-plug connector. So, if you are looking for an upgradable and extremely durable option, Team Associated 9042 seems like a great choice!
5. Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro
Slowly, we are approaching the most advanced RC cars under $300 and that’s what this model really is! It’s a proper beast, that’s for sure! Why is that so? Well, the next couple of paragraphs will make that quite obvious!
Starting off with the potent KV 3800 brushless electric motor, It is nicely tucked away and secured with a shockproof design allowing it to perform to its maximum without any significant durability issues. It is really powerful so beginners should be extra careful. In addition to that, it is also important to add its 4WD and oil-filled shocks that both make up for quite an enjoyable experience.
Moving onto the juice provider – the stock battery is 2s LiPo 7.4v 3200mAh but you can easily upgrade it to a 5800mAh one. They’re widely available so purchasing one should not be a problem.
This will allow Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro to run as long as 25 minutes on a single full charge. All the rest of its electronics are brushless (so is the ESC), making this little fella great at driving through mud and puddles. So, if you’re looking for a powerful and versatile RC truck, one thing is clear – it does not get much better than Redcat Racing Blackout XTE Pro!
4. ARRMA Granite BLX
The 5th place medal goes to ARRMA Granite BLX. It is a 1/10 model of a monster truck with texturized rubber tires and a nice green/black body details that make up a damn fine outer appearance. But, as I’m sure all you know, it’s not the outside that counts – what counts is the inside!
Don’t worry, if ARRMA Granite BLX was all show and no go, it would not be placed at the 4th spot! It runs on 3S Lithium Polymer batteries which allow it to run on up to 60 miles per hour. That’s an amazing top speed especially considering this is not a racing RC car but an off-road one.
Such speed is not only due to its motor and batteries but because of its sensorless ESC and an aerodynamic design that grips onto the terrain like a real champ. And that’s not all… Here’s some more useful info about this speedy little fella.
ARRMA Granite BLX works with the Tactic TTX300 radio system that allows seamless controls up to 100 meters of operating distance. In addition to all that, it is important to mention that it does not sport 4WD, just 2WD. But, what it does sport is a 4-pole motor that makes up for its great off-road experience.
3. Redcat Racing Tornado EPX Pro
Finally, after a long time no see, we have another buggy at display here. It is none other than the extremely popular Tornado EPX Pro by Redcat Racing. It is an excellent all-around buggy powered by a state of the art brushless motor and excellent outer appearance that will definitely suit not only kids but people of all ages as well!
It is running on the 3300kv 540 Novatech Brushless electric motor that incorporates 4WD and forward/reverse transmission. Other than that, it is also running 7.2v 2000mAh NiMH battery which allow it to go quite fast and endure a lot of time. On the downside, the pistol-like controller requires a whopping 8 AA batteries (none included) which will cost quite a lot if you go for the high powered ones.
Regarding other features, Tornado EPX Pro sports aluminum capped oil filled shocks, extremely sturdy body made from Vivid Polycarbonate, waterproof electronics, independent spring suspension systems and a gigantic spoiler running the show from the back, allowing superior aerodynamics to the RC.
Best of all, you can upgrade the stock batteries and implement the powerful Venom 20C 2S 5000mAh LiPos. Not only will they improve the top speed (up to 40mph) but run time as well. You will be looking at around 40 minutes of driving time which is second to none at this price range! So yeah, considering everything about this model is as good as it can get in this price range, I believe it truly belongs to the best 3 options currently available.
2. Traxxas Rustler
I am sure most of you are already well familiar with Traxxas Rustler. This 1/10 model is undoubtedly one of the most popular choices on the market due to its incredible performance and durability… and not to mention its breathtaking outer appearance that makes kids of all ages go crazy when they see it. But, what else is good about this model? Did the hardworking folk over at Traxxas make Rustler a generally great model? Let’s check it out and see…
It is safe to say Traxxas did everything right with Rustler… at least when it comes to hardware solutions. It features their powerful Titan 12-Turn 550 motors combined with XL-5 ESC for neck-breaking speeds. To be more precise, Traxxas rustler can achieve up to 35 miles per hour with all stock hardware inside which is not to be taken for granted.
If you’d like to make some upgrades, I’d advise you to start with the 7-cell NiMH battery. Now, it’s not weak by any means, but there are much better 3rd party options out there that will give you over 40mph top seed and more than half an hour of running time.
Lastly, I’d like to conclude this entire list off with mentioning Rustler’s Torque-Control slipper clutch, extra durable steel gears, texturized tires, waterproof electronics and TQ radio for seamless and intuitive controlling. All of this is bound to provide you with an enjoyable experience. So, with that being said, I am confident in saying that the folks over at Traxxas outdid themselves with Rustler. Needless to say, it is an amazing model decorated with an affordable price tag. If that isn’t going to attract more buyers, then I do not know what will.
1. Traxxas Slash
It was a pleasant journey, was it not? Finally, we are coming to the best RC car under $300 and it’s none other than Traxxas Slash (model 58034-1). Who would’ve guessed it, eh, one of Traxxas awesome models has taken the top spot… Before jumping to the action, you should know that Traxxas Slash is a 2WD 1/10 model with excellent outer appearance, solid build quality and great hardware that is bound to impress you.
I would like to start off by discussing its performance. Related to top speed, everything seems great since it is running on the Titan 12-Turn 550 modded electric motor. Combined with the 7-cell NiMH 3000mAh Traxxas ID battery pack, Slash can achieve excellent speeds of up to 30mph. Not bad for a dirt-cheap 1/10 vehicle, right?
Of course, this is not only due to its battery and motor but much other hardware such as the XL-5 waterproof ESC along with the rest of the electronics (also waterproof). This allows it to go through rough terrain filled with water or mud, without receiving any electrical shocks of mishaps. But, all things in mind, Traxxas is yet again on the top lists of RC cars on the market.
As I’ve already said earlier, it is not surprising since they are the most popular brand out there. Likewise, they’ve become popular due to excellent models and great customer support, and both are equally important in a successful business. If you’re looking for even better RC Cars, check out our list of 10 RC Cars under $500.
Brushed vs brushless motors
Instead of boring you with the definitions and technical details/numbers regarding these 2 motor types, I’m actually going to tell you their practical advantages and disadvantages in real-life scenarios. After that, I’ll even go out of my way to give you advice depending on the speeds you want to achieve with your RC vehicles. So, without further adue, let’s start!
Brushed motors are exceptional options for vehicles intended for rock crawling. That’s because they offer a much better low-speed control which is of crucial importance to these types of RC vehicles. They are much cheaper than brushless motors… but that comes with a grain of salt because… they aren’t exactly the most durable options.
They require maintenance and don’t have great lifespans. That’s because they have brushes (as their name suggests) which wear out with constant use. Brushed motors require some maintenance as well, in the form of occasional bearing lubrication.
Well, for starters, brushless motors have a much longer lifespan due to the lack of brushes or any other similar parts that wear off with use. Additionally, they also provide much more power than brushed ones and are also better in terms of power/weight ratio. So, if you are looking for high-speed RC cars, you are better off with brushless motors.
However, if you are looking for more precise low-speed control, then brushless motors aren’t for you. Also, brushless motors tend to be more expensive than their brushed counterparts so bear that in mind before making your final decision about buying a specific drone.
Which motor type should I go for?
If all of the above did not help you with your decision, then here’s a quick guide on what motor type to buy for different racing speeds:
If you plan on driving your RC vehicle of choice at approximately 8mph constant (for example, rock crawlers and obstacle course vehicles), then brushed motors are the obvious solution due to their superior low-speed control.
If you’re aiming at 15mph cruising speeds on rough (but not overly demanding) terrain, then I’m afraid you’re up for a tough decision. My advice, if you want more speed go for brushless; if you want more precision and rock crawling capability go for brushed.
For high-speed enthusiasts, the answer is quite obvious – brushless motors are the only viable options for constant speeds higher than 20 mph. Plus, brushless motors will release your hot rod of extra weight and give it an extra dose of durability.
Is $300 a lot of money for an RC car?
Believe it or not, $300 is not that big of spend in the world of RC vehicles. As a matter of fact, this price tier isn’t even near the high-end portion of the market. That story begins at $500 minimum and tends to stretch over a thousand.
However, if you are somewhat serious about this hobby, you might want to consider getting yourself a DIY kit. In terms of hardware, thy usually bring better value for money than RTR (ready to race) models. But, there’s also the DIY section of the purchase which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea…
That’s it, guys… at least when it comes to the TOP 10 RC cars under $300. It’s been a real pleasure providing you with so much useful information about these models. Now, don’t think this list was made in half an hour. No! It took me a good amount of time to first do thorough research and then test out a few models that I could get my hands on to.
It took a lot of time to finish it which is why I would like to hear about your thoughts down in the comment section. All feedback is welcome! In the end, I’d just like to express my hope that it helped you better understand certain models. I was once a beginner in RC hobby as well. In my time, there was no internet so I had to learn everything on my own… That’s why I know what it means to be a beginner! Don’t give up, guys! RC racing is a great hobby and I am sure you will get great at it!