Nic Case’s 202mph Bul­let Car

RC Car Action - - BUILT FOR SPEED -

Here’s the ul­ti­mate speed ma­chine, the car that holds the cur­rent speed run record, at 202mph. Af­ter at­tend­ing Ra­dio Con­trol Car Ac­tion’s World’s Fastest RC Car com­pe­ti­tion, Nic was hooked on straight-line speed, and so it be­gan. In 2006, Nic man­aged to break the 111mph record, and af­ter a rocket-sci­en­tist buddy of his proved that it was pos­si­ble to get an RC car to go 200mph, Nic be­gan to make at­tempts at reach­ing that goal. Nic even­tu­ally came up with the im­pres­sive car you see here; it’s pretty much scratch­built from bumper to bumper—if it had bumpers. Nic not only reached his goal but also was able to go a lit­tle fur­ther, end­ing up with a top speed of 202mph. You can get the full story of this in­cred­i­ble car in our Fe­bru­ary 2017 is­sue, or just search “RC Bul­let” at Rc­car­ac­tion.com.

You won’t find a body like this at your lo­cal hobby shop! Just like the rest of the car, it was cus­tom­made for a very spe­cific job. It’s made out of car­bon fiber, and Nic used mod­el­ing clay to get the de­sign just right. Vir­tual wind-tun­nel test­ing was used to fig­ure out the shape of the body. Nic put a lot of time into the tires and wheels, and af­ter var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions, ad­he­sives, and pro­cesses, this is what Nic came up with. The tires are pur­ple com­pound foam from BSR, and the wheels are cus­tom-made car­bon-fiber pieces that are de­signed to run true at more than 20,000rpm. Large steel gears con­nect the Neu brush­less mo­tor to the car’s driv­e­train, which con­sists of heavy-duty belts and pul­leys to get its power to the wheels. The 6mm and 8mm belts are de­signed for in­dus­trial use and are much stronger than the typ­i­cal RC car’s belts. A cus­tom-made 3mm car­bon­fiber chas­sis sup­ports the Bul­let’s 12-pound weight.

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