How to Build a RC Car Track

By Tyson Simmons
River Front RC Track

If you are an avid RC car enthusiast, then you must have a track to drive your car on. Driving solely around neighborhoods and across lawns can be dull; however, having a track adds a new perspective to your RC hobby. RC tracks also make a great center for events such as races and other competitions.

RC Track Design

Create a detailed design for the track using any media you desire. Be as detailed as possible, because you will be referring to this design often while you build the track. If possible, include measurements in the design, as this will make the build even easier.

Begin forming the base of the track by digging its outline. Dig the entirety of the track around 3 to 4 inches in to the ground. Smooth the base of the track as much as possible. Make sure that the dig-out of the track fits your plans as closely as possible.

Form the burms (banked edges) around the corners of your track by either using the dirt you just removed, or by bringing in other dirt. Pile the dirt at an angle around the corners, so that your RC cars will not slide over the edge of the track. Remember not to go very crazy with the process, as RC cars do not need enormous burms.

Build the jumps for your track. Use a good amount of water when putting these together, as this will help the dirt stick together. Create a variety of different jumps, such as doubles, triples and table-tops. For ideas on different types of jumps, watch a motocross or super-cross event. RC tracks are, for all intensive purposes, a miniature version of these tracks. Also, test the jumps with your RC while you put them together, because you don't want to build unusable jumps on your track.

Pound in the metal stakes every 2 to 3 feet around the desired edges of your track. Pound them sturdily into the ground, so that they will stay. String and tie your track ribbon between the stakes.

Mark the finish line as desired to distinguish it from the other jumps on your track.

Rake your track with a standard garden rake and water it to smooth out the straight-ways and jump faces. Splash the water on the surface with a bucket, and rake the water around, allowing it to soak into the dirt.

Tip

Use as much water as possible when building track features. Water allows the dirt to form together and become more sturdy. If possible, get many people to help you in building the track. This project is very large for only one person.

Warning

Always use caution when working with sharp objects.

About the Author

Tyson Simmons started writing professionally in 2005 and has worked for multiple media firms and publications, including "EQ Automotive" and various websites. He mainly covers the automotive and technical fields. Simmons has an English writing certification from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and is also A+ computer repair certified. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English writing at Utah State University.