Now that's a good use for electronics. Actually many new cars are "hopped up", as we usd to say, by changing out the computer chip that controls the engine management system (EMS) rather that doing something mechanical, like replacing the carbeurator.
From the article it is interesting to note that even with toy cars the manufacturer puts limits on performance.
I was just speaking to a colleague of mine who did this exact project this past summer. He is a big RC fanatic. I hope Arduinos become mainstream in RC development. Who knows where RC will go after that.
kinda? the PC board is to hold the headers in place so they dont shift around and you can connect them all at once.
i didnt include the arduino in the BOM because this will work with ANY 5v microcontroller and is not arduino specific
i believe i did include code when i sent in my materials for the article but i will look into that. the code is REALLY simple so with about 5 minutes you could knock out some basic fwd bckwd left right control on any microcontroller
i will soon setup a github so i will put code there
the instructions are written to be broad because the different models of RC cars have different boards and board layouts however MOST use the same chip so the instructions are for taking over control from this type of RC chip, thus the instructions can be used for many different types of RC cars you simply attach the wires to the same pins on the IC chip and you are ready to roll
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