Meet the world's fastest RC car

Feel the need for tiny speed? Nic Case's Pocket Rocket goes 161 miles per hour on flat land, a world record. And Case plans to take it to more than 200 mph.

You'd think a gadget guy like me would have grown up with radio-controlled cars, but you'd be wrong. For some reason my parents were terrified of them. They saw some movie in the '80s where a kid's car runs out of batteries in the middle of a street. He runs to get it and is killed by a drunk driver or something. The point is it scared them away from RC cars for my entire childhood.

But now I'm a man. If I want a radio-controlled car, I'm going to buy one. But then on I spotted Nic Case's insane Pocket Rocket, supposedly the world's fastest RC car, and now I know I'll never measure up.

I mean, the thing goes 161 miles per hour on flat land, a world record. And Case plans to take it to more than 200 mph. That's actually a little bit scary when you consider the Pocket Rocket has no brakes: it stops by just decelerating the motor. If that's not crazy enough, it uses an RC helicopter-style gyro to keep the steering on track. Awesome.

And look at the thing! Were I a Smurf, I'd demand a thrill ride in it. Alas I'm not. I will, though, be researching this awesome world I did not know existed: RC-car speed contests. I'm so onboard. And I'm buying shin guards.

Update at 10:30 a.m. PDT July 9: Fixed a typo in the product's name.

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    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.


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