By Andrew Liszewski
Now that the Bit Char-G fad has officially faded, and miniature remote control vehicles are commonplace on toy store shelves, Hot Wheels has decided it’s time to see just how far these micro racers can be pushed. Their latest entry into the RC field, shown off at Toy Fair 2011 in New York many moons ago, is their RC Nitro Speeders. The cars are less than 1 3/4-inches long, or 1/87th scale, but have a top speed of 8.3mph. When you crunch the numbers, that’s equal to about 600mph for a full-sized vehicle.
Besides making them nearly impossible to drive flat-out on anything smaller than a basketball court, that speed and power lets them tackle vertical loops with ease. In fact, the cars are small enough to be driven on standard orange Hot Wheels stunt tracks. So in theory, whatever you can do with your die-cast Hot Wheels, you can do with these.
Like any miniature RC toy these days, they charge via their controller which is where you install a plethora of AA batteries (4 in this case) and the whole package is small enough to theoretically squeeze into a kid’s pocket. Besides their size and speed, what I find most impressive is that Hot Wheels was even able to cram proportionate steering and acceleration into the Nitro Speeders, which is pretty much a must if you have any hopes of not ramming it into a wall. Available sometime this Fall in Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta versions for just under $30.
*I’ve added an entertaining video review of the RC Nitro Speeders from DadDoes.com after the jump.