Who Invented the Remote-Controlled Car?

The remote-controlled car, or radio-controlled car, was invented in 1966 by Elettronica Giocattoli, an Italian electronics company. Their design was a toy Ferrari.

The 1966 remote-controlled Ferrari model, called the Ferrari 250LM, operated using nitro power. In 1967, Mardave, a British company, developed commercial remote-controlled cars that were nitro or gas-powered and began commercially releasing them in 1970s. Also in 1967, remote-controlled hobby car racing became more popular when Model Car Enterprises and WEN began releasing model kits called "Pan Cars." The craze hit the United States in the early 1970s with car models, made with an aluminum chassis and self-igniting gas engines, from companies like Associated Electronics, Dynamic and Delta Systems.