been a global leader in high end scale automotive model products for
over 14 years, headquartered in Silicon Valley. Founded in
2001 in the San Francisco Bay Area, RC4WD was initially
started as a one stop shop (website) for the RC monster truck
aftermarket and performance parts. The
business grew rapidly through the help of RCMT.net, a forum community
dedicated to the RC monster truck enthusiasts. The owner quickly
gained an in depth knowledge of what the consumer was looking for,
and developed relationships with all the top manufacturers of
aftermarket parts. His extensive networking abilities gave him the
opportunity to manufacture some components for the companies whose
parts and kits he was selling.
2005, the business was thriving, stocking nearly 800 parts from
companies like Thundertech Racing, JPS, New Era Models, Imex,
Defiance Racing, RC Alloy, Vertigo performance and many others. Up
until 2006 RC4WD was a one man operation, when business was booming
the RC4WD founder employed the help of his friends and family to keep
up with the orders. 2006 was a pivotal year, as a college friend of
the owners dropped his full time job in effort to help build RC4WD
into a force to be reckoned with. Like many companies suffering
growing pains, RC4WD and crew rented a small garage unit without
amenities such as air conditioning or functioning windows. Working
through the California heat in these conditions did not detour the
owner from building his dreams.
the summer of 2006 RC4WD reached another milestone as he was seeing a
significant shift in the market place. The demand for specialized
rock crawling products was emerging, and there appeared to be a lack
of interest from some of the manufacturers in filling this demand.
Perhaps the owner just had the foresight of what the market was going
to do, either way a decision was made. RC4WD scaled back on their
distribution of other companies products and began to focus on
delivering exactly what the enthusiast community was asking for. The
RC4WD manufacturing company was born. This stage was the most
difficult, as engineering, manufacturing, sales, and marketing staff
had to be hired to make it all work. RC4WD now
controls all facets of its products, including engineering,
manufacturing, sales, marketing, and customer service.
now has designers on almost every continent developing the latest and
greatest products to suit your RC crawling needs. The last few years
have brought about some extremely detailed products catering to the
“Scaler” segment of RC rock crawling. It is not uncommon to see
an RC vehicle clad with RC4WD products that requires a second look to
know if you are looking at a scale model, or at the real thing.
products have been chosen by NASA and made many appearances in
TV and magazines throughout the world. The company has contributed
parts for the fastest battery-powered radio controlled car.
RC4WD team would like to thank each and every customer, contributor,
and dealer for their continued support, feedback, and ideas, they
have all helped to shape RC4WD into what it is today! The owner and
the RC4WD family will continue to strive to bring to market high
quality products that answer the demand of the consumer.