If you thought this R/C car was just like all the others out there and only good for running over your toes or head-butting the skirting boards in your home, then have we got news for you. What you are actually witnessing is nothing short of miraculous; this is a 3D printed 1:8.5 scale model of a 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Wagon which moves, sounds and looks like an actual car thanks to some incredibly geeky engineering.
Using an accelerometer connected to an Arduino board to control four servos which each operate the ride height at each corner, this Olds realistically recreates miniaturised versions of spring rates and resonance frequencies and is able to move in a freakily realistic way.
The body, wheels, tyres and suspension were all 3D printed and it features a chassis cut from aluminium and then drilled to reduce weight. Its drivetrain is also 3D printed and belt-driven to reduce noise and set off smoothly and to round this incredible little model off, it makes realistic engine sounds, has a custom horn and even an exhaust system which pops and even triggers LED lights in the tips to mimic flames shooting out of them. It also captures the aesthetics of a real-life Dynamic 88 Wagon - but it is that wibble-wobble, extra-soft suspension tuning that has left us wide eyed.
We give the people at SuperScale2020 a big pat on the back for creating this ultra-realistic R/C drift car and for making our day. Get set for your jaw to meet the floor when you hit that play button!