How does a nitro engine starter work?

Nitro engines do not have a spark plug and, instead, operate similar to a diesel engine. A glow plug is used to ignite the fuel, and a glow starter is used to heat that plug when firing the engine for the first time. Once the engine is running, combustion heat keeps the plug hot.

Is nitro bad for your engine?

The oil that is mixed with a nitro fuel is what helps lubricate all the internal moving parts and keeps the engine running cool. If a nitro engine gets too hot, not only will you see a decline in performance, but worse things can happen. You could permanently damage or ruin the engine.

Can a nitro engine run on WD40?

The RC Nitro engine is able to make quite a fuss while partially running on the penetrating oil and water-displacing spray that first went on the market in 1953. JohnnyQ90 mixes WD40 and nitro fuel, getting it to run on mixtures made up as much as 75 percent of the former.

Can you bump start a nitro RC car?

The three main ways to start the nitro engine: pull start, bump start, electric start.

Are nitro RC cars going away?

Yep nitro is going away for sure. The world is also coming to an end next friday so it doesn’t really matter much anyway.

How fast do nitro RC cars go?

According to, nitro RC cars (that’s the cool way to say it) regularly go over 60 MPH, and some models can even approach 100 MPH.

What’s the biggest nitro RC engine?

The 7.7, 7.0, and 8.0 are the engine sizes in cc displacement. The 8.0 is the biggest nitro I can recall ever seeing in a surface vehicle smaller than 5th scale.

What is the fastest nitro RC engine?

“The Traxxas XO-1 is the fastest RC car, full stop. The largest brushless motor on offer propels the car from 1 to 60 in 2.5 seconds.

Can you start a nitro RC without a glow starter?

Nitro engines have been started without glow plugs many times, with no damage to the nitro engine. The most popular way to start a nitro engine without a glow plug is by making your very own plug replacement. If you are in need of a glow plug igniter you can find them by clicking here.