By Andrew Liszewski
Remember back in the day when small remote controlled cars could only drive forward and turn in reverse? Yeah, thankfully those days are long gone. The dNaNo series, from Japanese RC toy company Kyosho, are 1:43 scale miniature marvels of engineering. The cars are only about 4 inches long but they’re incredibly detailed and even feature fully proportional steering. On top of that, they can be outfitted with a small gyro device that will automatically sense sliding or slipping when cornering and automatically reduce the speed or counter steer depending on the situation. The controller can even be synced to your PC via USB allowing you to upload lap times and other performance data to the dNaNo server, and compare your times to others.
Here’s the kicker though. Since the dNaNo cars aren’t officially available in the U.S. just yet, they have to be imported through the dNaNoshop.com website. So the cars, which include everything from a Subaru STi to a Ferrari Enzo, each cost $239.95. And that’s without a battery pack or controller. The 2.4 GHz Starter Pack which includes a battery, charger and wireless controller is another $155.95. I think for the time being I’ll stick with the Bit Char-Gs I’ve got buried in a drawer somewhere.