Full-size Radio-controlled Corvette is the Ultimate Toy
Inspired by the RC DeLorean in Back to the Future, this clever auto enthusiast built himself a Corvette version.
There’s an old saying that suggests boys never grow up, their toys just get bigger and more expensive. This video from the Barcroft Cars YouTube channel certainly lends weight to that observation. Bjorn Harms is a 34-year-old computer technician from the Netherlands, and as far as we’re concerned, he is a genius. A full-size radio controlled Corvette is the ultimate toy we didn’t realize we wanted until we saw it. His 2006 C6 Corvette even remains road legal, so he can drive it to a piece of suitable land and have some fun hooning around and see his own Corvette in action.
This is not the first full-size radio-controlled car, and not Harms’ first either. He has also created full-size radio-controlled replicas of the Knightrider and Back to the Future hero cars. Although this isn’t a first RC conversion we’ve seen, there’s little doubt it’s the best execution of the idea. And not just because it’s a Corvette.
Harms spent a year designing the initial control system, then three months to make the first prototype. He then spent another three months making it safe to use.
For safety, he uses two servos for the brakes as a failsafe as well as two receivers. He has also included a cut-out system in case the radio fails or the ‘Vette goes out of radio range.
The most impressive thing is how well-hidden everything is, particularly the servos and linkage controlling the gearshift and how the servos controlling the brake, throttle, and clutch are tucked away and designed to not interfere with driving it in the traditional manner. It’s a true testament to his engineering skills and creativity.