Review: Diatone Q33 1:76 Karting FPV RC Car

by Oscar
Diatone Q33 1 76 Karting Fpv Rc Car Non Fpv

Diatone continues to impress and this time it’s with an RC car not a drone. The Q33 is a 1:76 scale RC car is tiny and great fun for cruising around the house or even on desktop. It’s even equipped with FPV camera and video transmitter so you can drive this in first person view.

Where to Buy?

FPV Version

Non FPV Version

In the box it comes with:

  • 1x Q33 Karting Car
  • 1x USB charger
  • 1x Manual
  • 1x Q2 car remote control
  • 1x Spare car shell

Features and Specs

1:76 Q33 karting car

  • Body ratio: 1:76
  • Wheelbase: 33mm
  • High Chassis
  • Range about 50 meters
  • Battery Life: under 60min
  • Maximum steering angle: 30°
  • Drive mode: proportional drive
  • Steering mode: proportional steering
  • Battery capacity: 3.7v 110mAh
  • RC Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Size: 55X40 X 26mm
  • Weight: 19g

Diatone Q2 Remote

  • RC Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Output power: ≤25mW
  • Range about 50 meters
  • Battery required: 1.5v AA×2
  • Weight: 13g

Closer Look at the Car

These 1:76 RC remote cars are tiny, even smaller than the tiny whoops.

Diatone Q33 1 76 Karting Fpv Rc Car Size Compare Tiny Whoop

There’s no setting up, they are super straight forward to use. Literally took me 3 minutes to read the manual and start my first drive.

The Diatone Q33 is so tiny you can totally drive it on your desk, but I wish there’s a even slower speed option because this thing is fast :) Even in beginner mode (60% throttle) it was not easy to drive precisely on the desk. But it’s a ton of fun when you drive on the floor with a lot of space.

The only complaint I have is the lack of precision with the throttle control, the car doesn’t really want to move when you give it less than 30% throttle, and once it starts moving it goes forward like a rocket :) With the Turbo Racing Car I just reviewed recently, I was able to control it more precisely.

Update: it turns out the screws on the Q33 canopy were just too tight. By loosening those screws immediately fixed this throttle sensitivity issue I had. Maybe it was just too much pressure on the gearbox and the shaft. Diatone told me, this is a problem with the first batch and it should be addressed in the next batch. Anyway if you had the same problem just try what I did :)

I also love the fact that the Q33 has bigger wheels than the Turbo Racing car, and I can actually drive it on carpet, which was not possible before.

Diatone Q33 1 76 Karting Fpv Rc Car Bottom

The Diatone Q33 has a much larger battery also than the Turbo Racing, and it offers longer run time. It can go around for 60 minutes which is way more than enough before I get bored :)

Diatone Q33 1 76 Karting Fpv Rc Car Canopy Inside Lipo BatteryThe FPV version has an FPV camera and video transmitter mounted on top. You will need an FPV goggles to see the live video from the car, see my FPV goggles recommendation if you haven’t got one yet. It’s good fun driving in the house, but video could be a little shaky if you drive on bumpy surface like carpet or bricks, unlike the smooth videos from a drone.

Diatone Q33 1 76 Karting Fpv Rc Car CameraThe non-FPV version is noticeably faster though than the FPV version, because it’s much lighter.

Radio Transmitter

This is a very simple radio, basically just a throttle/brake and steering, and that’s it.

Diatone Q33 1 76 Karting Fpv Rc Car Remote Radio Transmitter 1It’s a super simple radio transmitter. There’s no controls for rates or trimming like you have on the Turbo Racing transmitters. It only allows you to switch between beginner mode (60% throttle), and expert mode (100% throttle), and that’s it. In a way it might be more user friendly and less confusing for beginners.

Diatone Q33 1 76 Karting Fpv Rc Car Remote Radio Transmitter 2

The remote takes 2x AA batteries.

Diatone Q33 1 76 Karting Fpv Rc Car Remote Radio Transmitter Battery

The springs in the battery holder don’t push the battery hard enough and didn’t have good contact the first time I installed the batteries. I had to push/slide the batteries toward the positive side to make it power on, but it was fine after that.

Racing Tracks

Fancy a racing track to drive the Q33 on? Get it from RDQ: https://oscarliang.com/product-df3v

Video Demos

Here are some demonstration footage:

Line of sight:

FPV:

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