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Remember when you needed the driving skills of Senna, the engineering expertise of Brunel and the patience of Job just to get an RC car up and running? Thankfully, clunking great controllers, complicated cars and fiddly assembly have been consigned to history and today's RC racers are a sheer pleasure to drive.
If you've yet to experience the sheer thrill of driving a miniaturised motor around the home or office you're in for a treat. Especially if you buy the Iwaver Mini Z. This nifty little four-wheeled fury is the perfect introduction to RC racing as it's ready to race the minute you load the batteries.
You control the fast and furious action via an impressively swish pistol grip controller. This hi-tech piece of handheld phaser-like circuitry is unusual in that it's transparent. This allows all of us who've ever wondered what's inside to get a proper gander without the use of a screwdriver. It looks cool too!
But what of the car? Well, for starters this high performance, digital proportional speed demon boasts adjustable steering and high-grip rubber tyres for maximum manoeuvrability. The Iwaver also features a powerful 130-class motor for staggeringly high speeds and eye-popping acceleration. And before you ask, no, this doesn't mean the car's 4 x AAA batteries last about as long as an F1 pit stop. An ingenious energy saving system gives the Iwaver run times of over an hour. And that's a lot of racing for such a powerful little machine.
In fact, the Iwaver is one of the best no-nonsense RC racers we've seen in ages, and for ready-to-run RC fun it's hard to beat. You can even indulge in a little nocturnal racing by purchasing a handy little set of lights (available separately).
So what are you waiting for? The way real driving is going - speed bumps, parking fines, congestion charging, petrol costs etc. - owning a car that shifts like the Iwaver is the only way you're ever going to be able to drive like a complete nutter and stay out of jail!