The best remote control LEGO vehicles

It's now possible to drive certain LEGO sets thanks to the addition of electric motors. These are our favourite RC LEGO vehicles.

four LEGO technic CONTROL+ sets

by Chris Williams |

All too often we yearn for the ability to drive and operate the LEGO sets we have constructed. It may be a while before we can do that with the LEGO Star Wars sets but there are some Earthly-based vehicles that can now be driven in LEGO form.

How RC LEGO sets work

The sets here are powered by LEGO's own little electric motors. Some sets have one or two, others such as the Liebherr R 9800 Excavator set have more. In turn, the motors are controlled by a Smart Hub, which requires AA batteries.

The Smart Hubs connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and you use an app called CONTROL+, rather than a remote control, to operate the vehicle. The exception to this is the Stunt Racer, which uses a conventional remote control.

While these sets are good fun, the cars are not rivals to normal remote control vehicles in terms of speed or performance, but they are good fun nevertheless.

The sets in detail:

Technic CONTROL+ X-treme Off-Roader

Technic CONTROL+ X-treme Off-Roader
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The X-treme Off-Roader offers a unique driving experience in the same way regular RC rock crawlers do.

The X-treme Off-Roader has huge wheels, chunky tyres, proper suspension, and large axle articulation. This allows it to tackle almost all domestic obstacles.

It's slow but stable and able and that makes it great fun to drive. At almost 1000 pieces, it's a decent build too.

Technic CONTROL+ Off-Road Buggy

Technic CONTROL+ Off-Road Buggy
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It contrast to the X-treme Off-Roader, the Off-Road Buggy is more about speed.

It has a top speed of over three miles per hour and is superb over rough terrain including piles of power cords and thick carpet. The grippy tyres and good ground clearance are to thank for that. However, the buggy does struggle on steep inclines.

At 374 pieces, it's quite an easy kit to assemble.

Technic CONTROL+ Top Gear Rally Car

Technic CONTROL+ Top Gear Rally Car
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The Top Gear-themed Rally Car is not as fast as the buggy, nor is it as good on undulating terrain. But it can handle steep inclines very well and therefore suits specific courses you set up at home.

It's quite easy to drive and is best suited to younger drivers beginning to dabble in remote control vehicles.

Technic CONTROL+ X-treme Off-Roader

Technic CONTROL+ X-treme Off-Roader
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With independently powered tracks, the Stunt Racer provides a highly manoeuvrable driving experience. It can turn 360 degrees and accelerates very quickly, causing the rear-heavy body to wheelie.

While the acceleration is great, the top speed isn't high so it's easy to drive. Likewise, the 374-piece set is easy to construct.

Technic CONTROL+ Volvo Articulated Hauler

Technic CONTROL+ Volvo Articulated Hauler
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At 2,193 pieces, the Volvo is the second-largest kit here and assembly becomes a reasonable task in itself.

Once built, the Volvo moves and steers and best of all, can lift the tray too. The gearbox is impressive, consisting of four stages - three for the drive, one for the tray. That means that the Volvo can negotiate steep inclines even better than the Off-Road Buggy can.

The tray can lift with a slight payload too, which always makes things more fun, such as refilling the pet food bowl.

Technic CONTROL+ Liebherr R 9800 Excavator

Technic CONTROL+ Liebherr R 9800 Excavator
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Even without the ability to move under its own steam, the Liebherr R 9800 is an impressive set.

At 4,108 pieces, this is a highly detailed kit and the means to power it is no less impressive. It has seven electric motors taking orders from a brace of Smart Hubs.

With these, you can drive the tracks, swivel the body, move the boom, and operate the bucket, which can scoop up items.

Last but not least is a new release from LEGO. The Trials Truck, like the X-treme Off-Roader, has impressive ability when negotiating terrain.

It features proper suspension, lots of power from four electric motors, and in a first for Technic sets, differential locking. These features, along with short overhangs allow the Trials Truck to tackle tough terrain with ease.

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