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RC Nitro Fuel

RC NITRO FUEL

Radio Control Nitro Cars operate on a special prepared blend of RC nitro fuel. The mixed blend contains several key components to provide the power, lubrication for longevity, and de-foaming action.

The RC nitro fuel can be mixed individually, however it is often much more simple to buy the pre-blended fuel at your local hobby store. This approach is recommended.

Oil Content – RC Nitro Fuel

Nitro Cars typically require an oil content in the range of 7.5-12%. The car engines are not always under high amounts of load and run well with a lower than average oil content. For sport bashers, it would not hurt to run the higher 12% oil content.

Nitro Content – RC Nitro Fuel

Nitro percentage can vary quite by a small bit depending mostly on whether the car or truck is raced or not. The range best suited for nitro car engines is from 10% to 30% nitro content. For racing applications, it is common to use a blend that contains a higher percentage of nitro. For sport bashers, it is not necessary to have higher nitro content. 10-20% nitro would work well for all nitro car or truck applications.

High Nitro Vs. Low Nitro – RC Nitro Fuel

Higher nitro content does lead to higher power as you probably would have expected. Although it has its advantages, and there are also disadvantages. The disadvantages to higher nitro content is firstly price. The added extra nitro in the blend does drive cost up. Also, the higher nitro blends requires the engine to burn more fuel consuming more fuel. However, the more important factor to note is the tune required at these setting have a smaller operational or performance range. What this means is that it is much more difficult to keep a good performing tune with higher nitro content. This makes it more beneficial to a sport boater to use lower nitro percentages.