How Big is a 1/10 Scale RC Car? (Photos of all types)

Shopping for an RC car yet wondering what the scale numbers actually represent?

You aren’t alone. In this guide, we’ll be providing photos and comparison tables of 1/10th scale RC cars which are approximately 10% the size of their full-size vehicle.

The size of a 1/10 RC car ranges:

  • 450-550 mm L x 197-366 mm W x 105-231 mm H.
  • Dimensions in Inches – 17.5-21.7″ L x 7.7-14.4″ x 4.2-9.2″.
  • Weight: 1.57-7.2 kg or 3.5-15.9 lbs.
LengthWidthHeight
Size in mm450-550 mm197-366 mm105-231 mm
Size in inches17.5-21.7″7.7-14.4″4.2-9.2″

1/10th Scale RC dimensions

As you can see from the table, the dimensions do vary especially between brands without perfectly set measurements.

And you might be wondering why. Throughout this article, we’ll be showcasing why this is.

RC Car Scales Definition

RC car scale compares the model to the full-size vehicle that it is based on. The reason why not all 1/10 scale RC cars are the same size is that a full-size Monster truck is significantly larger than a full-size road car. Therefore the length varies from 448 mm to 549 mm.

1/10 means it is 10 times smaller than the real thing. However, this is more of a general estimate you can compare 1/10 cars from different manufacturers and there are definitely variations.

By comparison, 1/8 scale cars are 10-15% larger and more robust than their 1/10 scale counterparts, being able to handle rougher terrain too.

1/10 Scale Short Course Truck Size, Weight and Height

Traxxas Slash 4X4 1/10 Scale 4X4 Short Course Truck, Orange

Short course trucks are very dynamic resulting in high popularity, nearly all major manufacturers have one or more short course trucks in their selection. Traxxas has a huge selection of 11 cars you can choose from in the 1/10 category.

In the next example, we will look at Traxxas Slash and see how big the most popular 1/10 Scale Short course truck is.

LengthWidthHeightWheelbase
Size in mm568 mm296 mm214 mm335 mm
Size in inches22.36″11.65″8.4″13.2″
Example showing Traxxas slash dimensions

Traxxas slash weighs 2.16 kg or 4.76 lbs without batteries and 2.44 kg or 5.37 lbs with a 2S 5000 mAh LiPo battery.


1/10 Scale Monster Truck Size, Weight and Height

Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3: 1/10 Scale Nitro-Powered 4WD Monster Truck with TQi 2.4GHz Radio and TSM, Red

Monster trucks are great if you don’t have a smooth surface to drive on. What they lack in handling they make up in insane jumps and wheelies.

In the next example, we will look at Traxxas Maxx and see how big the most popular 1/10 Scale Monster truck is relative to full-size monster trucks.

LengthWidthHeightWheelbase
Size in mm549 mm367 mm232 mm329 mm
Size in inches21.6″14.5″9.12″12.96″
Example showing Traxxas Maxx dimensions

Traxxas Maxx weighs 4.4 kg or 9.7 lbs without batteries and 4.86kg or 10.71 lbs with a 4S 5000 mAh LiPo battery.


1/10 Scale Stadium Truck Size, Weight and Height

Traxxas Rustler 4x4, 4x4 RC Truck, 1/10 Scale, Blue

Stadium trucks are a mix between a buggy and a monster truck. They have a lower ground clearance compared to monster trucks and because of this they handle much better and won’t roll over as easily. Traditionally they are 2WD but many manufacturers have a 4×4 version as well.

In the next example, we will look at Traxxas Rustler and see how big the most popular 1/10 Scale Stadium truck is

LengthWidthHeightWheelbase
Size in mm445 mm311 mm178 mm289 mm
Size in inches17.5″12.25″7″11.37″
Example showing Traxxas Rustler dimensions

Traxxas Rustler weighs 1.69kg or 3.72 lbs without batteries and 1.97kg or 4.34 lbs with a 2S 5000 mAh LiPo battery.


1/10 Scale Buggy Size, Weight and Height

Traxxas Bandit: 1/10 Scale 2WD Off-Road Buggy with TQ 2.4ghz Radio System, Red

Buggies are the best handling off-road vehicles because of their lower center of gravity.

Because of this, they often have the highest top speed as well. They are great if you have a smooth clay or dirt track with moderate jumps. However, it’s best to avoid tall grass as the ground clearance is low.

In the next example, we will look at Traxxas Bandit and see how big the most popular 1/10 Buggy is

LengthWidthHeightWheelbase
Size in mm413 mm250 mm178 mm286 mm
Size in inches16.25″9.84″7″11.25″
Example showing Traxxas Bandit dimensions

Traxxas Bandit weighs 1.36kg or 3 lbs without batteries and 1.64kg or 3.61 lbs with a 2S 5000 mAh LiPo battery.


1/10 Scale On Road Car Size, Weight and Height

Traxxas Automobile Electric AWD Remote Control Brushless 4-Tec 2.0 VXL Race Car Chassis with TQi 2.4GHz radio and TSM, Size 1/10

On-road cars are best if you have a smooth tarmac road or a parking lot to drive on. On road handling is superior to all other types of RC cars. Ground clearance is very low so the surface must be good, and they are just about hopeless on unsealed roads.

In the next example, we will look at Traxxas Mustang GT (based on 4-tec 2.0 chassis) and see how big the most popular 1/10 on-road car is

LengthWidthHeightWheelbase
Size in mm460 mm196 mm129 mm256 mm
Size in inches18.1″7.7″5″10.1″
Example showing Traxxas Mustang GT dimensions

Traxxas Mustang GT weighs 1.45kg or 3.19 lbs without batteries and 1.73kg or 3.81 lbs with a 2S 5000 mAh LiPo battery.

How Fast is a 1/10 Scale RC car?

The top speed for a mid-spec 1/10 Scale RC car is 45 mph, or around 72 km/h.

Top-spec 1/10 RC cars are one of the fastest cars on the market. For instance, the Traxxas Rustler VXL w/TSM will do more than 70 mph or more than 114 km/h without any modifications.

What Size is 1/10 Scale In Inches?

There is no way to directly convert 1/10 Scale into inches since the scale compares the vehicle to its real-life counterpart.

However, 1/10 scale is roughly 20 inches. This means that the vehicle is 20 inches long. This will represent most vehicle types somewhat accurately.