If you’ve ever looked at your remote control car and wondered why they seem to lack the “oomph” of other RC cars, odds are it’s the power, the gear, the weight – it could be lots of things, but did you ever consider the suspension?
Obviously, RC cars don’t weigh as much as real cars. They also don’t have the need to protect their passengers from sharp turns or collisions because, well… RC cars are too tiny, and people are too large.
However, if you really want to add that extra level of realism, SuperScale 2020 allows you to simulate a real car’s weight on your RC car by adding an adjustable suspension module:
The kit itself comes with a number of parts:
The SuperScale module has a single power cable input, four servo signal and power output cables, and a 7-pin JST plug. You’ll also find two universal brackets for mounting the servos to your RC car chassis, a male JST cable and plug, as well as a USB cable to connect it to your computer. Finally, four diodes and resistors are included should you feel like using the module’s LED controls (these activate the brake lights, headlights, and flashes on the car’s exhaust). And the installation is fairly straightforward.
At the heart of the module is the ability to adjust your RC car’s suspension. Six dials account for different factors: reaction speed, height offset, dampening, balance, servo rotation range, and a suspension stiffness multiplier. Tinkering with these different settings allows you to set a unique suspension for your car, making it run as smooth or as stiff as you want it to.
Apart from the suspension adjustment, you can also activate the brake and backfire LED lights, adjust sounds for a car horn and backfire pop, and print your PC settings for future reference.
New features are also on the way via future updates, such as the ability to adjust your car’s height and other settings via radio. Automatic direction detection will also be coming soon.
Excluding these two planned updates, there are hopes to incorporate gear switching, vehicle roll, gyro functionality, ESC signal pass-through for better acceleration and braking, and to implement even more control of other car parts such as motors and servos.
You can find more info on the SuperScale 2020’s various features on the module’s official webpage. There you will find an in-depth description, complete installation instructions, and a link to purchase one yourself. It costs about $80, which is more than a cheap RC car but right in the ballpark for higher-end RC builds, but such is the price of realism and kickass car drifts.