Originally Posted by discoveringmypath
...I have seen cars like the zipzap rc cars. These would work, but the controllers look super cheesy. It looks like the steering is left or right. Do they make 1/64 cars that have variable controls? where I can turn slightly or sharply based off how much I'm pushing on the control. That is what I'm looking for...
The ZipZap cars that would give your proportional-like steering and throttle were the ZipZaps SE line of cars. I've been in search of the same myself, and have recently purchased several from eBay as RadioShack stopped selling these years ago. I warn you that they can be buggy, and there is a good chance that the internal rechargeable battery has corroded and will need replacement. These run on 27Mhz, but the controller (while mounted for charging) allows the user to select from 1 of 6 available sub channels, so up to six cars can run together. Run time on a single 45 second charge is a couple of minutes. You can double charge for greater run times, but I suggest you do this only if your familiar with battery capacity, charge rates/levels, etc.
The non-SE ZipZaps can also be fun, but as you know do not provide the proportional controls the SE line does. The good think about the non-SE ZipZaps is that they seem to be a bit less glitchy, and sourcing a replacement battery is much easier. The downside is that they were only made on two frequencies, 27 and 49mhz.
For currently produced 1/64ish scale toy-grade rc cars you could look at the coke-can cars. These cars have excellent run times, are quick and have proven reliable for me. They are also offered in 4 or 5 frequencies. Unfortunately they do not offer proportional control. If you're interested, I can post a photos of any of the above mentioned cars. I also have several Bit Char-G cars which are similar to the non-SE ZipZaps but a tad smaller.
Hope this helps, and hope I didn't overstep for a first time post!