Let's face it. Fast remote control cars are totally awesome!

I mean, who wouldn't want to man the control of a speed monster while ripping full-throttle through the racing track and leaving the competition in a whirlwind of dust?

Just so we're clear, we aren't talking about some dinky little car that needs a pep talk to make it past the 10 mph mark. We are talking high intensity, super-quick, agile piece of machinery that is a blast for RC enthusiasts here.

Let's have a look at the 10 fastest cars that you can buy on the market right now!

Traxxas XO-1 1:7 review
Traxxas XO-1 1:7
  • The World's Fastest Ready-To-Race Supercar!
  • Speed: 100 mph+
  • Battery and Charger: not included

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Best Choice
Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Pro review
Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Pro
  • Speed: 50 mph+
  • Run time: 30 minutes+
  • Battery and Charger: included

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Redcat Racing Shredder XTE Electric Truck review
Redcat Racing Shredder XTE Electric Truck
  • Speed: 35 mph+
  • Run time: 15 minutes+
  • Battery and Charger: not included

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Traxxas Slash 2WD review
Traxxas Slash 2WD
  • Speed: 30 mph+
  • Waterproof electronics
  • Battery and Charger: included

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Traxxas Unlimited Desert Race review
Traxxas Unlimited Desert Race
  • Speed: 50 mph+
  • Run time: 30 minutes+
  • Battery and Charger: not included

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For Beginners
FunTech Off-Road Monster Truck review
FunTech Off-Road Monster Truck
  • Speed: 30 mph+
  • Run time: 15 minutes+
  • Battery and Charger: included

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Redcat Racing Lightning STK review
Redcat Racing Lightning STK
  • Speed: 25 mph+
  • Detailed Stock Car body
  • Battery and Charger: included

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For Drifting
Redcat Racing EPX Drift Car review
Redcat Racing EPX Drift Car
  • Speed: 25 mph+
  • Run time: 20 minutes+
  • Battery and Charger: included

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Team Redcat TR-MT10E Monster Truck review
Team Redcat TR-MT10E Monster Truck
  • Speed: 20 mph+
  • Large monster truck tires
  • Battery and Charger: not included

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Traxxas XO-1 1:7

This is the 3rd time another Traxxas model is a leader of our top 10 list, and it’s all for good reason. The Traxxas XO-1 1:7 scale AWD supercar is where it gets serious.

We are coming at you with the holy grail of mainstream, consumer-grade RC vehicles. The XO-1 sets the standard for high-speed RC car racing as the fastest car when it went on sale in 2012.

This little monster is relentless, extremely fast, unmerciful, and unhinged. If you want to talk real speed business, then you've got to shell out some dough for the Traxxas XO-1.

It is totally worth it, as it is the crème de la crème of fast cars created by Traxxas. This incredible speed monster can hit 60mph in 2 to 3 seconds and can go 100 mph in a matter of 4.92 seconds.

To achieve such incredible speed, Traxxas teamed up with Castle Creations to manufacture the Mamba Monster power system integrated with unique software, especially for the X0-1.

For years now, Traxxas has always been pushing its performance standard for state-of-the-art racing cars, and the XO-1 is one of their best.

This one-of-a-kind beast is able to dominate the road thanks to its unique aerodynamic shape, re-inforced gear, differentials telemetry sensors, ultra-flat bottom, all-wheel drive, state-of-the-art stability management system, and high-end shocks.

The mighty 1:7 scale car is built for those looking to go professional. The XO-1 has been specifically designed for the subtle art of giving pure relentless speed.

This beast is so fast that one wrong move during acceleration can obliterate the car in a Nano-second.

It isn't just known for its speed, but it is also appreciated for its sleek, sexy design that comes in red, blue, and black color.

The XO-1 certainly has earned its bragging rights with its Big Block brushless motor (the largest type ever used for a ready-to-race RC car).

It boasts a stability management system that helps you bite down on slippery surfaces like ice, dirt, and gravel. Users can pair their X0-1 with the Traxxas link app to get powerful tuning tools and record real data as they operate it.

All these help to separate this supercar from the pack.

Don't be fooled by the chassis' small aluminum frame beneath the sleek exterior. Traxxas has managed to tuck in one of the fanciest and toughest engineering combination we've ever seen on RC models in there

Everything about the XO-1 was designed with performance in mind. This high-tech conversation starter provides top-tier performance that'd dim the shine of the competition.

Despite its high price tag, all RC enthusiasts that have ever piloted the XO-1 agree its worth every cent spent on it.

The impressive features on the XO-1 leave us wondering why other manufacturers aren't following in the intimidating footsteps of Traxxas.

It's unquestionable the fastest RC car in the world!

Technical Specs

  • Product Dimension: 27 × 11.6 × 5 inches
  • Product Weight: 8.6 pounds
  • Manufacturer Recommended Age: 16 years and up
  • Motor: Big Block Brushless
  • Speed: 60mph
  • Battery: Li-Po, 3-Cell 5000 mAh
  • Battery Included: No


  • Tweaking options
  • Ridiculously fast
  • A drive system that absorbs shock


  • Needs to be linked to a smartphone for top speed

Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Pro

Say goodbye to boring designs, and say hello to the Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Pro. Inspired by real-life supercars, the Redcat Lightning Pro is fast and oh-so-furious.

This machine can fly and knows absolutely no bounds; all thanks to its lightning EPA 3300KV brushless motor that allows it to reach over 60 mph with ease.

Sounds Crazy! This car is extremely fast!

This brushless electric car makes the most of a 74 V 3600 mAh Li-Po 15 C battery that gives more than enough juice to blast it to the finish line.

It features a built-in 2.4 GHz transmitter that gives you absolute control when weaving in and out of lap traffic even at lightning-fast top speeds.

Its lightweight chassis helps ensure it isn't weighed down. And its performance-focused tires ensure you can bite down into every movement you make - even at top speed.

It's fully independent adjustable suspension system is quite similar to those you'd find in a real race car. The aluminum capped oil filled shocks help your tire achieve winning traction and stabilities.

You get to challenge the laws of gravity with the Redcat Racing Lightning EPX Pro. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you get set to run with lightning!

Technical Specs

  • Product Dimension: 14.2 × 8 × 4.5
  • Product Weight: 6 pounds
  • Battery: 1 Lithium ion
  • Battery Included: Yes
  • Motor: 3300 KV RC 540 Brushless
  • Speed: 60 mph
  • Manufacturer Recommended Age: 14 years and above


  • Ready to go right out of the box
  • Stylish
  • Great value for a brushless motor


  • Takes a while to charge fully
  • Relatively short battery life

Redcat Racing Shredder XTE Electric Truck

When it comes to monster trucks, you'd agree with us that size does matter. And with a 1:6 scale, the Redcat Racing Shredder doesn't shy away.

This bulky beast boasts bigger shells and super oversized off-road tires that can tear up the rough and rugged terrain of an off-road trail.

This miniature monster has got plenty of premium technology shoehorned into it. With a 1300 kV brushless motor, 80 amps power output, powerful torque, and aluminum capped oil filled shocks, this 4WD is sure to obliterate anything in its path.

Another of its highlights is its aircraft-grade 3mm aluminum chassis that helps handle the weight of this large monster truck and enables it to take up terrains with relative ease.

Its fully independent suspension system is more than capable of handling big jumps and tough terrains. It features an outstanding 2.4 GHz radio system and also has forward and reverses transmission to offer great value for some serious power.

On a flat surface, you'd be amazed by how you can rip the Redcat Racing Shredder to top speeds faster than you could imagine.

With the Redcat Racing Shredder, you get to experience large scale fun at half the price.

Technical Specs

  • Product Dimension: 26.5 × 17 × 9
  • Product Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Manufacturer Recommended Age: 14 years and up
  • Motor: 1300 Kv Brushless
  • Speed: 40 mph
  • Battery: 2S Li-Po
  • Batteries Included: No


  • 1:6 large scale model
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum chassis
  • Great price for a truck with great power
  • Extremely fast


  • Batteries and chargers aren't included

Traxxas Slash 2WD

You shouldn't be surprised another Traxxas RC car is making our top ten list.

After all, Traxxas has always been one of the best-selling RC manufacturers that produce the best racing engines for the money.

The Slash RC car has been specifically created for dirt track racing, as it was inspired by off-road racing championships.

Imagine pulling out this bad boy at a new track that has just opened up. People can immediately tell you are a racer that knows his onions.

Even better…

You pull your Traxxas Slash up to the line and at the drop of the flag; you light up the dirt track and blow any competing car near off the line. That'd be totally insane!

That's just what you get with the Traxxas Slash Short-Course racing truck. This little beast will put you in the driver’s seat for a thrilling, high, fender to fender off-road action.

You'd leave other competitors amazed watching it fly through mud, slit, water, snow and pretty much any other thing thrown at it, and wondering what you've got under the body of this little beast.

Interestingly, despite the slash being an off-road-focused truck, it isn't a 4WD. That isn't so bad, as the 2WD means you can pull off sweet drifts, throw impressive rooster tails and easily handle jumps.

Everything is powered by a seven-cell NiMh battery and comes ready to run. It can reach a speed of over 40 mph, and the battery provides about 30 minutes of use.

It features 2.2-inch tires that are most at home racing in the dirt, and a classic pistol-grip remote with 2.4ghz transmission.

When you go for the Traxxas Slash Short Truck, you aren't just getting a top-name brand truck, but you also get all the speed, power, and performance that only Traxxas can provide.

Technical Specs

  • Product Dimension: 22.4 × 11.7 × 8.4
  • Product Weight: 4.76 pounds
  • Manufacturer Recommended Age: 16 years and above
  • Battery: 1 non-standard battery
  • Batteries Included: Yes
  • Motor: Titan 12-Turn 500
  • Speed: 40mph


  • Very fast
  • Authentic pro 2WD design
  • Great off-road


  • Parts break easily

Traxxas Unlimited Desert Racer

Next up, we are coming at you with our first Traxxas model on the list: the Unlimited Desert Racer. When RC racers hear the name Traxxas, what comes to mind are high-quality radio-controlled models.

Really, it doesn't get more real than this super-fast Unlimited Desert Racer.

This red truck is a speed beast engineered for racing, and it certainly delivers with it an exceptional electric performance of over 50 mph.

The 4s Li-Po and 4-link rear suspension give it exceptional power and powerful off-road ability to give an adrenaline-filled drive.

The motor of the UDR is connected to strong wheels and tires that provide maximum grip for a seamless transfer of power and torque. It also features an ultra-tough drive terrain that helps it channel its extreme power.

This makes driving fun and controlling easy for users.

Although the suspension is quite soft, worry not; as that'd enable you to achieve incredible high jumps with confidence.

With the UDR, Traxxas has been able to accurately capture the forms, looks, feel, and function of a trophy truck that can charge hard across the desert at full speed.

It's fast, sophisticated, and drives like a true desert truck because it's been engineered as one.

There is detail galore on this bad boy. And NO, we aren't just talking in terms of add-ons like a reservoir, quarts of motor oil, fire extinguisher or floor jacks.

We're talking removable chassis panel, protective skid plates, interior with drivers, and navigator figures here.

You only have to peer beneath this speed monster's tough menacing exterior and beautifully sculpted chassis to discover the key to its thrilling performance.

At the heart of this revolutionary on and off-road performer are a fixed one-piece body, inverted tube chassis, versatile battery compartment, reinforced bumpers, and fixed battery connectors.

Another worthy mention is the wheels on this bad boy. It includes not just four authentic replicas of full-scale tires but also includes two extra tires on the rear frames

The amazing scale appearance of the UDR does cost an arm and a leg, but boy it worth it!

Technical Specs

  • Product Dimension: 27.3 × 13.6 × 10.3
  • Product Weight: 13.robs
  • Motor: Brushless
  • Speed: 50mph
  • Manufacturer Recommended Age: 15 years and above
  • Battery: 6S Li-Po Power
  • Batteries Included: No


  • Great replica of a real desert truck in form and design
  • Absolute beast reaching 50mph
  • Functional spares
  • Incredible body detailing


  • Batteries and chargers not included
  • Pricey

FunTech Off-Road Monster Truck

FunTech really crushed it with this bad boy. The 1:18 Monster Truck Is powered by a 390 brushed motor that gives it a top speed of 30 mph.

It boasts a 2.4 GHz transmission system that provides a range of up to 330ft. The transmitter has anti-jamming capabilities that allow for zero interference when you race with your friends at the same time.

The Fun tech truck can move easily on various terrains thanks to its powerful motor that ensures the vehicle is provided with a strong power torque.

The 4WD is designed for superior control and handling and can move right or left, forward/backward easily.

The 1:18 scale 4WD truck is made from durable and strong material. The shell which is made from eco-friendly PVC will help ensure your kid is safe from toxin when playing.

The tires are also durable and made from wear-resistant rubber.

With the FunTech Off-Road Monster Truck, you get a combo of durability and speed.

Technical Specs

  • Product Dimension: 12 × 8.2 × 7.9
  • Product Weight: 2.4pounds
  • Manufacturer Recommended Age: 14 years and up
  • Motor: 390 Brushed
  • Speed: 30mph
  • Battery: 1 Lithium polymer
  • Battery Included: Yes


  • Can handle different terrain
  • The 2.4 GHz helps ensure zero interference with multiple players


  • Provides only 15 minutes of playtime

Redcat Racing Lightning STK

The Racing Lightning STK is just one of the shining examples of quality we have come to expect from Redcat.  It features a sleek NASCAR-style body design that comes complete with neat race decals.

With a 19 T 550 type brushed electronic motor, aluminium-capped oil-filled shocks, adjustable suspension, and 1800 mah battery, the lightning STK offers similar performance to the Lightning EPX Pro.

The Lightning STK drives at about 25 mph, and being a tarmac-only car, should only be driven in a paved dry road.

It comes ready to run once the motor battery has been charged and 8 AA batteries inserted into the transmitter. To extend its usage window, reviews suggest getting a spare battery for it.

It comes with the standard 2.4 GHz transmitter that allows for zero interference while driving.

Technical Specs

  • Product Dimension: 14.2 × 8 × 4.5 inches
  • Product Weight: 6.85 pounds
  • Manufacturer Recommended Age: 14 years and up
  • Motor: 19T RC550 Brushed
  • Speed: 25mph
  • Battery: 1 Nonstandard Battery
  • Battery Included: Yes


  • Impressive aerodynamics
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Cool race body designs
  • Aluminum capped oil filled shocks


  • Not super durable
  • It doesn't come waterproof

Redcat Racing EPX Drift Car

Maybe the movie Tokyo Drift has got you feeling a bit fast and furious. But cranking up your Camry to sharpen your drifting skills just doesn’t sit so well with you.

It is times like this that the Redcat Racing EPX Drift comes in handy. Being a drift car, the Redcat lightning EPX drift isn't at par when it comes to speed and handling compared to other cars on this list.

But what it is a champion at is drifting.

Drifting is for the brave and daring and it needs a car that also matches these qualities.

The EPX drift car isn't your regular racing ride, this little beast comes with specialized drift racing tires that are ready to wow competition with your drifting skills.

If you prefer drift over every other thing, then the Redcat EXP Drift will push you to challenge the thin line that exists between control and chaos.

The Drift car makes you forget the rules on the road and get you driving outside the line.

With its 27 T 540 brushed motor and drift tires, the Drift car can slip around corners effortlessly while still maintaining a gentle forward momentum.

And with a forward and reverse ESC, the Drift car can easily back out of trouble to continue the drifting fun.

The Drift car sports a stylish polycarbonate body design topped off by the remarkable color scheme that gives it a modern and trendy look.

Its drifting ability enables tricks and spins that unleash your creativity in a way simpler RC vehicles can't.

And just when we thought it has given it all, we realize that the EPX Drift comes equipped with a fully independent suspension system and aluminum capped-filled shocks that make tuning a dream.

Being a slick on-road vehicle lower to the ground, the EPX Drift isn't as durable as it other off-road counterparts.

Technical Specs

  • Product Dimension: 14.2 × 8 × 4.5
  • Product Weight: 6lbs
  • Manufacturer Recommended Age: 14 years and above
  • Motor Type: Electric brushed
  • Battery: 1 Lithium ion
  • Battery Included: Yes


  • Unique drifting ability that allows for spins and tricks
  • Features a light weight design and plastic chassis
  • Two model designs available
  • Decent run time


  • Beginners might have difficulty handling due to its drifting ability

Team Redcat TR-MT10E Monster Truck

Next up, we've got the very first 1:10 monster truck offered by Team Redcat - and it's already everyone's favorite. This 4WD brushless monster truck is ready to run right out of the box once you insert your Li-Po batteries.

It comes with nice, soft sticky tires that do well on dirt and grass. They have a pretty decent grip when on the road also, but you have to be careful not to traction roll the truck.

The TR-MT10E is powered by a 550 4400 kV brushless motor that can reach speeds within the range of 35 mph. I'm sure that it is one of the fastest RC monster truck I've ever seen.

Just as monster trucks are, the TR-MT10E comes super strong and durable.

It is fitted with a waterproof servo and receiver so you don't have to worry if it ends up in a puddle or something.

The RC monster truck comes with a variety of features including travel suspensions, adjustable turnbuckles, high-quality ball bearing, and LED lights built into the front bumper.

To top all these, unlike regular RC trucks its electronics have been well thought out to include a waterproof ESC, Savo's servo, and a high torque brushless motor that gives a good amount of power.

The MT10E has been intelligently designed and is made from high-quality polycarbonate and strong steels. One of its highlights is its fully adjustable wheelie bar that provides protection from bad landings off of jumps.

Technical Specs

  • Product Dimension: 16.9 × 13.5 × 16.9
  • Product Weight: 5.9lbs
  • Motor: 550 4400KV Brushless
  • Speed: 35mphBattery: 2s/3s
  • LiPoBatteries Included: No
  • Manufacturer Recommended Age: 14 years


  • Tough and high quality build
  • Completely waterproof and durable
  • Gears and batteries are easily adjustable for faster speed
  • Waterproof ESC
  • Sleek design powered by an efficient brushless motor


  • No charges and batteries included
  • Can sometimes make odd noises

JLB Racing Cheetah

Jlb Racing Cheetah Rc Car

The 1:10 scale brushless ready-to-run truck by JLB comes with a 4000mAh Li-Po power rechargeable battery that can provide up to 60 minutes of playtime.

It has a powerful brushless waterproof motor that cranks a four-wheel drive.

And for top speeds? Holy smokes, this little Cheetah was accurately named! This baby can clock in 45 miles per hour.

Durability is pretty impressive too, as it can take tons of flips and tumbles while still driving strong. It has a strong aluminum skid-plate chassis that holds the whole thing together. A wheelie on the back also protects the rear from wreckages when doing wheelies.

The JLB Racing Cheetah has a plastic body with a monster-truck type threading on it. The tires are made from soft, pliable and stretchy rubber with threads running on it.

It features an impressive, fully independent suspension system that has a good return and Velcro straps holding down the battery.

The hydraulic shocks are amazing flying across the sand and other terrains, as it handles like a beast.

It has the standard pistol-grip controller and two pre-mounted LED lights on the front bumper. These lights aren't just cool but help determine orientation at a far distance.

The 2.4 GHz controller that requires 4 AA batteries allows it to steer right, left, brake and reverse. The controller also sports a trimmer setting for throttle and steering.

The Cheetah flies a crazy fast speed and is a ton of fun to drive. All in all, it is perfect as an all-round RC car at such a decent price.

Technical Specs

  • Product Dimension: 9.8 × 9.8 × 7.9 inches
  • Product Weight: 12.35 pounds
  • Manufacturer Recommended Age: 8 years and above
  • Speed: 80 mph
  • Battery: 4000 mAh Li-Po
  • Battery Included: Yes
  • Motor: Powerful Brushless 2500KV 3670


  • It has good steering
  • It is pretty fast
  • It comes at a pretty decent price tag


  • It sometimes flips over on the grass

Buying Guide

Now we've shown you our top-rated list of fastest RC cars on the market, you might be wondering how to go about making your purchase. There are tons of factors to consider before buying an RC car.

However, when it comes to the fastest RC cars, these are the most important factors to consider.

Welcome to check the RCguides rating of the best RC cars available on the market.

Type Of Car (On-road VS Off-road)

Racing vehicles can be on-roaders or off-roaders. If you are looking to drive your car on smooth surfaces like pavement, then an on-roader car would do. They handle even surfaces superbly and can slide around corners in style.

Under this category, we have rally cars, touring cars, and road cars.

On the other hand, if you're looking to drive on a variety of terrains, then you're better off with an off-roader. They work best on rough terrains (say rocky surfaces) due to their specially designed big tires.

Racing models under this category include rock crawlers, buggies, monster trucks, and Truggy trucks.

Battery Type

There are two battery types to take into consideration here: nickel (Ni-MH) or lithium-polymer (Li-Po). Nickels are more common and less expensive, but the battery depletes quickly.

They are more suitable for beginners. They can also be quite heavy and they take longer to charge.

Li-Po, on the other hand, is light yet powerful. They are more expensive and hold a charge for longer than the nickels. Lithium can make your cargo as fast as a rocket, but they're a hassle to store.


There are two options here also: brushed and brushless. Brushed motors are less powerful, cumbersome and more suitable for beginners.

Brushless is the more powerful, durable and expensive option that'd give more power to your car to go fast.


2WDs are the cheaper, slower and easy to maintain options that are usually for newbies. 4WDs, on the other hand, are more stable and comes with a great grip and a slightly aggressive style.

It provides a controlled thrill suited for experts and seasoned racers.

Wrapping Up

Our picks of top 10 fast RC cars and trucks have been designed with the highest level of ingenuity for supersonic speed that leaves the competition in the dust.

If speed racing is your thing, then do go for one of these quick RC cars as they are ready to rock and roll with you.

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