Probably one of the biggest sellers this season is the small remote controlled cars. These first showed up in Japan manufactured by TOMY, named BitChar-G. There have since been quite a number of imitations, but none have really lived up the car choices and build of the original. I received a Subaru Impreza WRX model a few months ago, since then I have upgraded only the motor to a 30,000 RPM unit, which is not the only thing that's upgradable.
If you want one, the easiest way to get it would probably be Ebay. There are parts and complete kits available in many auctions. There are also hobby shops that carry it, but they do carry a higher price.
Each kit consists of the car top and bottom shell, four wheels, 10K RPM motor and a remote. The remote, which also doubles as a charging station for the car, requires two AA batteries that are not included.
The shell is about 3 inches long and 1.5 inches wide.
The front axle is not removable as opposed to the rear axle. The car uses a rechargeable battery that last about 2 minutes. Average charge time is about 45 seconds. The above wire that goes down the middle is the antennae.
There are four rubber wheels included. These can be upgraded to stickier tires for better grip.
The RC car requires a bit of assembling, make sure you work in an open space. There are many small parts.
The remote offers two modes of use. First is the drive mode, second being the charge mode. This is switch back and forth with the switch in the middle. The left rocker button moves the car forwards and backwards while the right rocker button moves the wheels left and right.
Before setting it on the floor to run, charge it on your remote. It will take approximately 45 seconds for a full charge. After that, drop it on the floor and off they go.
The unit is fun, especially as an annoyance to secretaries in offices. The fun factor stays with it for about 30 minutes, afterwards, you just have a feeling of why this thing does not go any faster. Good thing there are higher performance parts.