The Best Fast & Furious RC Cars That Look Just Like The Films

The Fast & Furious series has always inspired drivers and car fanatics alike to look in to owning their very own Dodge, Chevy or Nissan, but most of the time the price of a real Furious car is quite a few ”zeroes” away from being viable. Well, how about buying a car which is a fraction of the size, for a fraction of the price? The Fast and Furious radio controlled car market is one way to live the dream of being a drifter or dicer on your very own home streets. Take a look at our list of the top 9 best Fast and Furious RC cars and start racing against your friends today!

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1. Jada Fast & Furious Brian’s Nissan Skyline GT-R (BN34)

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This iconic supercar has sped to the shelves of Amazon directly out of The 2 Fast 2 Furious in 2003 leaving a blazing trail in its path. And it would be a great addition to any miniatures or radio control car collection. For an RC it is a rather standard size, and measures 1:10 Scale scale to the real deal - that's about 18 x 7 x 8 inches in dimension. The finish on the car is a nice Silver/Blue, which shines brilliantly in the sun. This Nissan GT-R Drift Car has all batteries included & USB charging technology all you need to pick up 1 AA batteries to run the RC Controller, but it is well worth the investment.

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2. 1970 Dodge Charger Off Road Vehicle

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This version of Dominic's 1970 Dodge Charger is made to take on the toughest terrain with ease - forget street races, it's time to take things off-road. The plain black finish on the body gives the car an assertive and bold look, and the extra large tyres add to the intimidation factor. You won't find a supercharger on this particular version, so those who wish to pick up the supercharged version should check out number 5 on our list for the classic 1970 Charger. The scale of this particular model is about 1/20, and it requires 4 AA batteries for the car and another 2 AA batteries for the remote that you will need to purchase.

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3. Dodge Challenger Off Road Vehicle

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The Dodge Challenger can be seen in the latest Furious 7 (2015), nearly drifting off of a cliff to avoid pursuit. The model comes with the same spoiler and grill as the film version, and the large wheels help the car handle off-road terrain rather well - you also get the grill guard upfront to prevent any damage to the bumper and grill.

The radiofrequency runs at 2.4 GHz, and the car has a full function radio control that will give you a range of approximately 10m (30ft). The detailing for this model comes directly from the movie, and the exterior has a sleek lime green and matte black finish. You will need 4 AA batteries for this car, and another 2 AAs for the remote.

4. Jada Toys Fast & Furious 7.5″ RC – ’95 Toyota Supra

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This car is a true classic from The Fast and the Furious (2001), and gave Toyota Supra a great showcase as one of the first cars that Brian O'Connor mastered. The graffiti decals on the flanks and hood give the car a distinctly 'street-racer' look, while the carbon fiber hood, spoiler, and rims add to the streamlining of the body. The bright yellow finish also stands out from the relatively underplayed darker colors of the Nissan and Dodge models. The car requires 5 AA batteries to run and should last around 30 - 40 minutes with aa range of 10m (30ft). If you're looking for something that a true Furious fan would appreciate, this car is certainly a great gift idea.

5. Dom’s ’70 Dodge Charger

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Perhaps the most recognizable of the entire Fast and Furious series is the 1970 Dodge  R/T, sporting a shiny chromed supercharger right in the centre of the hood. This model is the film-accurate version of the off-road RC that we spoke about earlier, and it rides nice and smooth. While it doesn't have the signature growl of a real Dodge engine, this car will bring you hours of fun, and you will certainly impress your friends when you roll up their driveway with one of these models. The car needs 5 AA batteries to get going, and the remote has a range of around 10m (30ft).

6. 1967 Ford Mustang GT

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This rare appearance from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) is the 1967 Ford Mustang GT, a powerhouse of muscle which Sean uses to claim the title of Drift King. If you are a fan of high torque and drift-centered steering you will definitely enjoy adding this car to your collection. This version has some sport decals alongside the standard pinstripes, and it performs well with its standard batteries and remote. The ride is slightly lower than the other vehicles on this list, so bare this in mind when taking on rougher terrain! You will need 4 AA batteries for the car and 2 AA batteries for the remote control, and the range of this unit is the standard 10m (30ft).

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7. BMW M3 Series

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This one is for those of us who are fans of the late Paul Walker because the BMW M3 is one of the cars that he favored in his personal collection. This model is a striking glossy white, with a quality finish and classic BMW rims. The 1/18 scale model is 9" long and comes with working headlights and tail lights. In terms of the remote function, this licensed model is fast and fully functional. You will need to purchase 4 AA batteries for the car and 2AA batteries for the remote, and the range of the remote is 9m (30ft).

8. Chevrolet Camaro Police Car

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While this is a more generic addition to the list, what would a Furious collection be without a bad-ass police car to chase the street racers with? This Chevy Camaro is a special issue police unit designed to hunt down the fastest street racers, and you can use the siren and lights to add some great immersion to a race with your friends. The car requires 2 AA batteries to run the remote, and further 4AA batteries for the car. Make sure to check the channel of the remote when you pair up with friends, as there can be conflicts. The battery should run for 25-30 minutes, and the range is between 8-10 m (25-30 ft).

9. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Radio Remote Control

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This is one car we wish had featured in the Fast and the Furious series because its popularity surely deserves some mention. The Chevrolet Corvette is possibly the most widely known Chevy of all time, being classy and powerful with its status as a sports convertible. The interior of this model is fully detailed to match the polished exterior, which we think gives this RC a unique look. Unlike some other RCs, this car also has an independent suspension system to maintain a smooth ride, and this allows it to glide over the road with ease.

As well as being fully licensed by GM: Chevrolet, this model has an injection-molded body to fill in the perfect authentic design. You will need 4 AA batteries to run the car and a further 2 AA batteries for the remote. If you peek through the window, you can just make out an in-car screen too!

Useful RC Buying Guide

Often times it can be difficult to know what to look for if you are buying an RC car for the first time, whether you are purchasing one as a gift for a friend or family member. How do you tell what the battery requirements are, and what is the difference between the models? Which car is best for my needs? These are important considerations no matter who you are buying for, so below we have answered some of the frequently asked questions that might be useful to keep in mind when buying one of these Fast & Furious RC cars.

How Good is the Battery Life and Remote Range?

First off, the cars and remotes do not come with pre-packaged batteries and so you will need to buy some along with the car itself. Most of the units will need at least 4 AA batteries for the car and a further 2 AA batteries for the remote. The battery requirements vary depending on the power of the vehicle and the type of terrain you use it on – if you are climbing hills and rocks with one of the off-road models, it is likely that the battery will drain more quickly than if you simply drive along flat frictionless surfaces.

The likelihood is that you will get an average of about 30 – 40 minutes of play out of a set of regular batteries. We recommend purchasing rechargeable batteries that you can use again and again, which will save you money in the long run. There are also testaments from customers who have replaced the standard stock batteries with lithium ion batteries to extend the power and play time of these cars, but we would recommend caution here. Only modify these vehicles if you are a professional and know what you are doing, they will be perfect for casual use right out of the box.

The remote range is quite short, but as these are rather inexpensive items you would expect a range of about 9 – 10 m (30 ft). Other remote controlled vehicles like the RC helicopters or drones will have far greater range, some up to 170ft (50m), but they also come at a higher price and have much more sophisticated navigation and control systems.

There are ways to boost your range that require modification to the remote itself, or you could purchase a separate remote that will work on the same frequency as the car you have. You will need to check the frequency in the details of the product before you do this. We like to think that having a bit of a jog down the road while you drive is a small price to pay for piloting one of these awesome little cars.

What are the Size and Quality like?

Well, they certainly aren’t as large as a Land Rover that can be controlled by smartphone remote, but they do measure between 1/20th and 1/24th scale – that is around 7.5″ X 3″ X 2.5″. The product information on Amazon always tells you the exact dimensions of the product, so you can compare these to some physical measurements of your own if you’re looking for a particular size. The detailing on these cars is also of a very high quality, which makes them great as miniature collector’s pieces.

They are also not too expensive if you are building up a collection, because the non radio controlled static models are made from more expensive materials – they may look better, but they can’t scoot down the road to race against a friend. This means that the radio control versions of these cars are much cheaper, and you could pick up both the off-road and supercharged versions of the Dodge Charge if you liked, or even go for the whole collection if you wanted.

One thing to keep an eye out for is whether the car is officially licensed by the original dealership as in the case of the BMW M3, licensed by the film series as with Dom’s ’70 Charger, or simply created by a toy company as in the case of the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette or Henes Broon. The officially licensed versions will be of a better quality, and the film tie in versions will have more accurate paint or extras that the regular car may not have.

The non-licensed RC cars are not necessarily going to be of a worse quality, but they do have far more variation – you can see for example in the Ford Mustang GT that the decals and finish are not exactly the same as the film, even though the car itself looks great and performs well. This is simply something to keep in mind when looking for an RC car that suits your collection or gift idea. Need something a bit bigger for your child, why not check out the top motorized cars right here.

Which Car is the Best to Buy?

This is where the decision comes down to personal preference and intended use. The off-road vehicles are better at handling rough terrain but may have a shorter battery life because they have slightly more power, and the road vehicles will perform poorly if driven along rough terrain and might burn out or have their wheels seize up with dirt and grime. Think about where you’ll be driving the car, or if you’ll be driving it quite often. If you’re collecting these you may be less concerned about the performance and more interested in the quality of the decals and finish on the body. Pay attention to these details as you need, and you will be sure to find something that suits your particular needs.

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It might also be interesting to note that Vin Diesel’s favourite pick for his character Dom in The Fast and Furious movies is the 1970 Dodge Charger, because it has some sentimental value to the character. As we learn in the films, the Charger belonged to Dom’s father, and he feels a familial link to it that makes it a really important piece in his collection. It is certainly one of the more iconic pieces from our list, and has an instantly recognizable look.

RC cars are not only a childhood classic, they can make you a part of the heart-stopping chases that the Furious series loves to thrill its viewers with. You can take these little machines just about anywhere, like when you’re taking a holiday trip and the kids want to bring a toy or two along from home. An RC is a great idea for keeping them occupied and outdoors instead of endlessly staring at a T.V. screen. This is also a good learning opportunity for children who may be interested in cars or want to work with cars in the future. Not to mention that there is much, much less risk when you’re behind the wheel of a miniature Power Wheels tractor! We highly recommend picking up one of these top 9 best Fast & Furious RC cars for a fun time racing against friends or family.