2013 Radio Control India National Championships held in Hyderabad
Radio controlled car races hold special significance for the speed loving community. These vehicles can be controlled from a distance with the use of a specialized transmitter. The fuel powered models use internal combustion engines which are fuelled by a mix of nitro methane, methanol and oil. These vehicles are called nitro cars.
CarZ, the multi brand auto solutions network brought into focus this kind of racing which sees many advantages over other forms of motor racing. For starters, this kind of racing is completely safe, not putting life and limb at risk. However, awareness and tracks are limited. R/C cars can speed around at 80 kmph while they can increase speeds upto 140 kmph under right conditions and modifications made to the R/C cars. It is an expensive hobby with racing enthusiasts spending anything between INR 20,000 to INR 1 lakh. During a race, like the one here, there is a provision for pit lane, where the participating R/C cars enter and get replenished, just like in the world of motorsports with real cars.
Bharat Penmatcha, the man behind the project, said, “The track itself is of international standard. Since the location wasn’t anywhere close to a beach, five different types of soil had to be acquired to make the track. It is dust-free and has its fair share of sharp turns and obstacles that makes the race all the more challenging and pleasing to watch.”
Speaking at the event, the Founder and Managing Director of CarZ, Venu Donepudi said, “CarZ is proud to bring to the spotlight the exciting but hitherto non-mainstream sport of R/C racing. After experiencing the F1 event recently held at the Buddh International Circuit, we wanted to give the people a similar rush through this sport, which is already a rage abroad and is just beginning to gain traction in the country. There is also the advantage of it being a completely safe sport that puts neither the drivers nor viewers at risk of accidents. As of now there are hardly any tracks in India. Conducting this event in Hyderabad is a good sign for the sport.”