Flippin’ Physics: RC vs. full-size back flips

Mar 01, 2013 1 Comment by

One of the many reasons why we love RC cars is the opportunity to make them do what we otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to attempt in real life; whether it’s tearing up a loamy and jump-laden short course,  grinding the curbs of a windy road circuit, or launching into the sky to complete a back flip, it’s much cheaper and safer to do these stunts with a transmitter in your hands than it is to strap into a bucket seat and do it yourself. After all, doing a back flip with an RC car is pretty straightforward: hit a steep ramp, keep the trigger clenched, and hope that you’re high enough to pull the front end around.

Heck, sometimes you don’t even need the ramp:

In order to do a back flip in a full-size car, however, you need more than just a fistful of throttle. You need a huge ramp, a safe landing area, a specially built car, and a driver brave enough to trust the engineering behind all of it. Of course, that doesn’t mean that stuntmen can’t take a cue from RC every once in a while.

After watching that, an RC backflip doesn’t seem quite as impressive…does it? Let us know what RC stunt you’d most like to see performed with a full-size car!

Aaron Waldron

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Associate Editor Since receiving my first hobby-grade RC car as a holiday present from my father nearly 20 years ago, I've been fortunate enough to meet more people and experience more opportunities through the adventures I've had in the RC industry than I would've ever imagined. I've done it all - from working at a hobby shop, to being a factory sponsored racer, to working for some of the biggest brands in the industry. I've enjoyed each and every one of the dozens of kits I've built, hundreds of events I've attended, and thousands of laps that I've logged at race tracks around the world, and my passion is to share those experiences with other hobbyists so that they may find fulfillment in their own RC careers.

One Response to “Flippin’ Physics: RC vs. full-size back flips”

  1. Hugo vd E says:

    would like to see a full bodyslamm

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