The Hot Wheels RC Stealth Rides Racing Car is a curious mixture of innovation and convention. When you ride it you get to feel a cleverly compiled combination of ingenuity and good old-fashioned dashing fun. A lot of thought has been put into making this little baby. And although it appears to be a midget and you will question the physical returns you are getting for the amount you are selling out, it can provide a very powerful and thrilling experience once you put it to use. If you want all your doubts to melt there is only one way – go for this Hot Wheels RC Racing Car.
We recommend this car to be used by kids in the age group of 6 to 12, although the manufacturer recommends a minimum age of 8. The car comes as an assembled unit with a controller cum charger cum holder. Also provided with this are 3 extra batteries and a set of instructions. It would be advisable to be thorough with the instructions before you start operating this little devil.
You may have purchased other such cars and waited for them to charge fully before you can operate them. Well The Hot wheels RC Stealth Rides Racing Car is a bit different – you can start operating it the moment you get it out of the box. It has a folding system. When you pack it you first make it flat, as if your foot trampled it upon, by picking it up and gently squeezing it between your thumb and index finger. This action activates an entire set of levers and links that cause the roof and windows to collapse down into the body and into the sides of the car. Along with this the wheels and tires fold outward to complete the process of transforming a three-dimensional object into an almost two-dimensional one. The folded version of the car fits with precision into the large slot like pouch in the controller. The combined set of folded car and its controller is only as thick as a thick touch screen mobile phone.
Driving the car requires you to only put it on the ground and press a concealed button on the rear window. The entire car comes together in almost a fraction of second and is ready to vroom. And do not be worried about any damage to the car due to frequent winding and unwinding – the process is perfectly safe and absolutely smooth. There are no axles for the car to enable the winding and unwinding actions. The soft rubber tires take a good grip over most indoor surfaces. The Hot Wheels RC Stealth Rides Racing Car has a very low ground clearance and therefore should be used indoors only. The front wheels do not steer. For turning the car there are two side motors – one on each side – that drive each of the rear wheels. When you operate one of them the car turns in that direction. If you want the car to spin in place for some extra fun, play both these motors in opposition directions.
Apart from the low ground clearance that restricts the movements of the car indoors, the only other area of concern is the batteries used to operate it. The 3 batteries enable you to run the car immediately after you purchase it. But these AG13 or LR44 batteries are not very common and you may have to visit more than one store before you find one. You get three additional ones with the car. However, that does not diminish the thrilling moments this baby can give you when you drive her. And most importantly this car does not fuss around when you flat it out and park it.