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Miniature 4x4 With a 0.0175-Liter Four-Cylinder Engine

03 Feb 2024

Remote-controlled cars have come a long way from basic electric motors and plastic bodies. Enthusiasts constantly seek ways to push the boundaries of what's possible in the world of R/C vehicles, and YouTuber JohnnyQ90 has taken it to the next level. In a recent video, he showcased a remarkable transformation, replacing the traditional electric powertrain of a miniature 4x4 with a 0.0175-liter four-cylinder engine and a three-speed manual transmission. This mini off-roader is not only a marvel in engineering but also a testament to the creativity and passion within the R/C community.

The Power Behind the Miniature Beast

The Power Behind the Miniature Beast

The heart of this tiny off-roader is a 17.5-cc four-cylinder engine manufactured by Cison. The engine, which costs around $1,000 without a transmission, boasts an impressive power-to-size ratio. The addition of a three-speed manual transmission, priced at approximately $450 and featuring a 3D-printed aluminum case, enhances the overall driving experience. The use of 3D printing technology in the transmission case is a testament to the evolving affordability of such advanced manufacturing processes.

Ultimately, this miniature truck with its real combustion engine and transmission is a cool novelty within the R/C community. Much like hair-raising supercars, these tiny vehicles don't necessarily offer practical utility, but their uniqueness and engineering ingenuity make them captivating. The ability to meld the precision of R/C technology with the power and sound of a combustion engine is a testament to the endless possibilities within the world of remote-controlled vehicles.

Challenges and Transformations

Challenges and Transformations

Converting an R/C car to house a real combustion engine and transmission is no easy feat. JohnnyQ90 faced numerous challenges during the conversion process. Adapting the car's cooling system, re-routing the exhaust, and meticulous wiring were just a few hurdles he had to overcome. The end result, however, is nothing short of impressive.

The miniature 4x4's three-speed transmission and throttle are controlled by servos operated through a remote control. This brings a level of realism to the driving experience, giving the operator the feeling of piloting a real off-road vehicle. The sound of the rumbling four-cylinder engine provides an auditory delight compared to the usual hum of electric motors, adding another layer of realism to the experience.

JohnnyQ90's miniature 4x4 with a 0.0175-liter four-cylinder engine stands as a testament to the boundless creativity and innovation within the R/C community. This unique project showcases the fusion of advanced technology, affordable manufacturing processes, and a passion for pushing the limits of what can be achieved in the world of remote-controlled vehicles. As technology continues to advance, we can only imagine what other incredible feats the R/C community will accomplish in the future.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.


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Sandy Copeman, Founder of Amalgam Collection, commented: “While our models are often described as works of art, and are indeed artistic in their creation, in truth, since they deliver the essence of the cars they represent, ultimately the beauty of our models is dependent on the beauty of the car they capture. In this instance, there is no question that both the car and models are art.”

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