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Welcome to NITRO RC HEADQUARTERS! We are the Premier Authorized Redcat Racing Dealer. You'll find the finest products at the best prices right here! We carry a full line of racing trucks, buggies, truggies, rtf airplanes, rtf jets, and a complete line of parts.


Brand New


(Ready To Run)


HUGE 1/10 Scale 4WD 2.67cc VX.16 motor

RC On-Road Racing DRIFT CAR

Nearly 3 horsepower to the wheels of this beast.

Consider it the king of the DRIFT circuit!









1 Quart 20% Nitro Fuel, 12 AA Batteries, tools, fuel bottle

glow plug starter, and a glow plug charger


  2 Channel A.M. Pistol Grip Radio

(May vary slightly)  


1/10 SCALE 4WD 2 Speed







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  • Fully Functional 2 CH AM Radio Control
  • 4WD Electrodynamics Telecontrol Vehicle
  • Forward, Stop, Left & Right Steering
  • Aluminum Alloy Assembled Chassis
  • 4WD Universal Drive
  • Polycarbonate Monocoque Type Frame
  • Front and Rear Double Wishbone Suspension
  • 4 Wheel Shaft-Drive System
  • Coil Spring Damped Suspension System
  • Racing Radial Tries and Wheels
  • High Performance Racing Motor
  • Highly Detailed Polycarbonate Body Shell
  • Formed Bumper Front and Rear
  • Antiskid and abrasion proof rubber tire


  • Instruction Manual
  • Remote Controller
  • Starter Kit
  • 1 Quart of 20% Nitro Fuel
  • 12 AA Batteries


Lightning STR 1/10 Scale Nitro On Road Car

The 1/10 Scale Lightning STR RC car will light up any track like the Fourth of July!  Its Vertex VX-16 power is transferred through a centrifugally shifted two-speed transmission to all four wheels for massive acceleration, while a beefy but lightweight aluminum alloy chassis, disc brakes, aluminum capped oil filled shocks provide exceptional crisp handling. The Lightning is truly a nitro-fueled, pavement-pounding terror in the RC world!


Motor Type Nitro 2.67cc Vertex
Transmission Centrifugally Shifted 2-Speed
Drive System 4 Wheel Drive
Length 360mm
Width 200mm
Height 112mm
Wheelbase 260mm F/R
Ground Clearance 4.5mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 75cc
Chassis Type 2.5mm 6061 Aluminum
Brake Type Composite Disc
Shocks Plastic Body Oil Filled Shocks
Speed Control 
Radio System 2 Channel AM


The Lightning 1/10 scale On Road Car comes complete with a powerful .16 VX engine, 2 speed and aluminum capped shocks.






Install the batteries and add the fuel!

How does 18,000 RPM's and nearly 3 Horsepower to the wheels sound?
Fully Race Ready


Your Redcat Racing product is covered under a limited warranty for a period of 90 days on the vehicle. This warranty does not cover certain items as listed below.

All warranty claims must be handled through Redcat Racing and not your hobby dealer.

If you believe you have a warranty claim, simply fill out the form in the link above and include all information associated with the claim.

If you have a specific part problem Redcat Racing will determine if the issue in question is covered under warranty and will contact you within 72 hours after form submission.   If determined that the part or parts are covered under warranty, Redcat will send you the part(s) at no charge.  We may ask for some parts to be returned prior to sending out replacement parts such as remote controls, engines and possibly some other items.

If you have a vehicle problem, please fill out the warranty claim form and click on the vehicle button. Once the form is approved, you may send the entire vehicle back to Redcat Racing and the Redcat technicians will repair your vehicle at no charge for labor but may require payment for parts needed if they are not covered under warranty.   We will require payment for shipping the item back to you.

Redcat Racing offers a Lifetime Engine Replacement Program

Items not covered under warranty or items that have less than a 90-day warranty:

Remote Control Covered for 30 Days
Engine Covered under Engine Program Only 
Gears Including spur, clutch-bell and others Not Covered Under Warranty
Clutch & Clutch Spring   Not Covered Under Warranty
Pull Start  Not Covered Under Warranty

This warranty covers defects with the materials, workmanship, or assembly at factory only. All replacement parts and warranty approvals are at the sole discretion of Redcat Racing. This warranty does not cover the items listed above.

This warranty does not cover breakage due to abuse, improper break-in, improper setup,
or improper operation.

Redcat does not accept any returns if fuel has been put into the vehicle or if the vehicle has been used in any way. New item returns are subject to a 15% restocking fee and all returned items must first receive a return merchandise number from Redcat prior to shipment.

We carry all parts and upgrades for all of our products.

to find out how you can receive up to 10% CASHBACK on your Buy It Now Purchase and to see our website NITRO RC HEADQUARTERS.

We have the absolute lowest prices available there!

We carry an extensive assortment of Nitro, Gas and Electric powered Remote Control vehicles including boats, airplanes, jets, buggies, trucks and more. We sell all parts for Redcat Racing, HPI, High Speed and many more. We offer the lowest price anywhere on the internet. We specialize in customer satisfaction, so be sure to check us out.


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Immediate payment is expected for buy it now items.

We offer low rates for world-wide shipment of all items and we do our best to package them.
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All customers are required to properly break-in the motor on your new vehicle.

Proper nitro engine break-in is critical for long-lasting performance of your RC. Every new nitro engine should undergo a break-in procedure. Breaking in a nitro engine takes anywhere from one to two hours and about 3-5 tanks of nitro fuel. If you do the nitro engine break-in properly, the up-keep on your RC vehicle is less costly than if the procedure is done hastily and incorrectly. Be patient.

Answer: For your nitro engine break-in, choose a clean, flat, paved or smooth surface. You'll be doing the initial break-in with the body off so you don't want to be kicking up dirt or doing flips during break-in. During the first couple of tanks of fuel focus on varying and limiting your speed. Don't run your engine past half-throttle. Don't run at a constant speed.

During break-in deposits build up and can foul out the glow plug so your engine might seem like it's stalling or not running properly. This is normal. Proper break-in alleviates these symptoms. Do have an extra glow plug or two handy in case you need them.

Operate Safely
Here are simple safety checks you need to do before starting:

  1. Turn on the Controller First
    Turn your transmitter on first, followed by the receiver on the RC. When finished running your RC, turn the receiver off first, then the controller. This sequence will keep your nitro RC from running amok if someone nearby is running on the same frequency. Do yourself a favor though and Check frequency before running your RC.
  2. Put The Engine in Neutral
    Move the throttle forward and reverse to ensure your nitro engine is in neutral and is in the idle position when the throttle is released.
  3. Check Your Steering
    Move the steering controls from side to side. If steering seems sluggish or hesitant, replace the receiver's batteries before proceeding.

Prime Your Nitro Engine
Start up your RC. Watch to see if fuel is moving through the lines. If fuel doesn't reach the carburetor after 3-5 seconds place and release your finger over the tip of the exhaust for a couple of seconds to help the engine start. This is known as priming the engine. Be careful when doing so because if too much fuel goes into the engine when priming, it will flood causing the engine to lock up.

If the engine does flood use your glow plug wrench to remove the glow plug. Place a rag over the engine head. If equipped, use your electric starter. Start the engine to get the remaining fuel out and wipe off the head with a dry towel to remove any remaining fuel. Reinstall the glow plug and start on the first tank of the break-in process. Your nitro engine shoudn't be primed for more than 1-2 seconds at a time to avoid flooding.

Do Five Tank Nitro Engine Break-in
With each tank of fuel you'll increase the amount and duration of throttle. Use these tank-by-tank guidelines for your nitro engine break-in.

Tank 1
Give the engine one-quarter throttle slowly for 2 seconds. Apply the brakes. If you pull back on the throttle too fast you may cause your engine to stall.

When there is a nice trail of blue smoke coming from the exhaust it means your fuel mixture is properly set and the engine is being lubricated. If no smoke is present, richen the fuel mixture by giving the air/fuel mixture needle a quarter turn until smoke is present.

Continue running the first tank of fuel, repeatedly giving it one-quarter throttle then braking until it is almost empty. Do not run the tank dry because this will result in a burned out glow plug from the fuel mixture being too lean and can also lead to damage from high engine temperatures.

Shut off the engine by pinching the fuel line to the carburetor and let it cool down for about 10-15 minutes before you start on your next tank of fuel.

Tank 2
Advance to half-throttle for 2-3 seconds for the second tank of fuel. Remember to accelerate smoothly through the entire break-in process. Do this repeatedly as long as you have fuel. When the second tank is done repeat the shut-off and cool-down steps as you did in the first tank of fuel.

Tank 3
On the third tank of fuel you will run for a 3-second count at half-throttle then brake. By this time the engine begins to loosen up and the idle may need to be adjusted down.

You will know an idle adjustment is necessary when your nitro RC won't sit still when idling. Use your tuning screwdriver to turn down the idle by turning the idle adjustment counter clockwise to reduce the idle speed. From this point forward you don't have to let your engine cool down between tanks.

Tank 4
For the fourth tank give your nitro RC full throttle for a count of 3 seconds and then brake. If your nitro RC is equipped with a multi-speed transmission and tries to shift into another gear let off the throttle and then brake. When doing a 3 second count on tank 4 remember to accelerate smoothly to avoid doing wheelies or flipping the RC over.

Tank 5
For this final tank of fuel you will repeatedly accelerate to full throttle in 3 seconds and hold for 2 seconds then brake. After this tank is done you will have completed the break-in process.

Maintain Your Nitro Engine After Break-in
After break-in and after each session with your nitro RC you'll need to perform after run maintenence. For a nitro engine this includes:

  • Drain the fuel tank
  • Clean and oil the air filter
  • Add after-burn oil
  • Add loc-tite to all screws

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