Real World Review: Hot Wheels Nitro Speeders, So Small and So Freaking Fast

Hot Wheels Nitro Speeders

Hot Wheels Nitro Speeders

When you think of high tech, innovative and cutting edge companies you probably think of Apple, Google and of course Hot Wheels.   Sure, laugh all you want, but Hot Wheels is on some kind of crazy miniature technology role.  Earlier we reviewed the Hot Wheels Video Racer – a car with a camera in it, but now Hot Wheels goes high speed with the Nitro Speeders – a tiny RC car that goes from 0 – 600 MPH in less than 1 Second (scale speed)!

Nitro Speeders – Because Fast Things Come in Small Packages

Hot Wheels Nitro Speeders are ridiculously small.   The car is less than 2 inches long and about 1/2 inch wide.  Yet, somehow the engineers at Hot Wheels have managed to shove not one, but two 30,000 RPM motors in the car and a super lightweight battery.   This horsepower means the RC Nitro Speeders fly on the floor – 600MPH scale speed – about 8 MPH actual speed.

Enough words, the Nitro Speeder is something you need to see action.  Take a look at our full video review of the Nitro Speeders where we race, loop, crash and dash…

The Nitro Speeders Are Fast, Maybe Too Fast

It was hard to capture on video how fast these little cars are.  In about 2 seconds they can race across your entire home.   The loop stunt in the video does show that the Nitro Speeders have so much speed they have no problem doing loops.  The Nitro Speeders do work with standard Hot Wheels tracks, so if your kids already have loops, they will have a great time racing the Nitro Speeders on the loops.

The problem with all that speed is that they can be hard to control at full throttle and you need a lot of floor space.  This is not the type of RC car you can easily drive around your house.   If you really want to zip along at top speed, it is probably best to do so on straightaways or on tracks.

You Know What a Fast RC Car is Good For?  Crashing Up Things!

All that speed can be a negative when trying to drive a precision course, but when you just want to crash up things – the Nitro Speeders are perfect.  As the video shows, we had a great time crashing up a city.  Surprisingly, the Nitro Speeders had no problem pulling our Hot Wheels Video Racer.  While the extra weight did slow down the Nitro Speeder, this actually made the car easier to control.

More of Chevy Guy Than a Ford Guy?  Hot Wheels Has You Covered

We took the Ford Mustang GT (1/87 th scale) for a test drive in our video, but you are not limited to just a Mustang.  You can also get a Chevrolet Camaro and Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta Nitro Speeders.  The Camero, Fiesta and Mustang all run on different frequencies, so you can race all three models at the same time.  You can not race two of the same type of car, for example, two Mustangs – as they operate on the same frequency and would interfere.

Pros of the Nitro Speeders

  • Super small and Super Duper Fast
  • Pocket Size Remote Doubles as Charger and Carrying Case
  • Great for Doing Vertical Loops and Jumps
  • Perfect for Crashing Up Cities
  • Did We Mention The Speed  – One of the Fastest RC Cars on the Market
  • Motor For Each Back Wheel Gives Precision Turning

Cons on the Nitro Speeders

  • Incredible Speed Makes Them Hard to Control
  • IR Remote Requires Line of Site to Work
  • Need A Great Deal of Flat Floor Space to Let Loose
  • Difficult to Control in Reverse

Conclusion on Nitro Speeders

If your son or daughter is into super fast RC cars, they will love the Nitro Speeders.  The car is rated for ages 8 and up, which makes sense because younger kids will have a hard time controlling this car.   The Nitro Speeders work great on tracks, doing loops and crashing up whatever your kids have built.

If you are looking for a car you can just drive around the house, the Nitro Speeders may not be the best choice.  Their high speed makes them hard to control on anything but a flat and wide open space.  Still, the fact that the Nitro Speeders can be carried in your child’s pocket and quickly pulled out for some insanely fast fun make them a winner in our book.

More Information:

Learn more about Nitro Speeders.  Price – About $27.95.  Ages 8 and up

Purchase Nitro Speeders at Amazon.Com

View our Video Review of the Hot Wheels Nitro Speeders

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