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

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

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!

Never miss an issue of RC Car Action!

Subscribe today with a Digital Edition subscription or Print + Digital combo!

Updated: February 27, 2013 — 5:38 PM
Air Age Media ©