Vaterra (aka Vaterra RC) is a brand of RC cars that is owned and managed by Horizon Hobby of Champaign, IL in the US. The brand was created in January 2013 and announced at the Nuremberg Toy Fair on January 30 of that year.
The Vaterra RC brand is comprised of scale-designed vehicles with a high degree of detail -- more detail than what is typically seen in the RC industry, currently. Cars (and presumably trucks to come) are all designed after real-world, full scale counterparts which are designed and function to capture the adventure and excitement experienced in such full-scale motorsport hobbies like street modding/racing, rally car racing, sport dune buggy events, and rock crawling competitions. The brand sums up its core focus in the following statement from its website.
It is a shared passion for motorsports and radio control. Extreme performance and extreme places. Cars and trucks that look and drive just like the real thing. Most of all, it is about gathering friends, grabbing a vehicle and having the timer of your life ... Adventure Driven.
- All Vaterra vehicles come with everything you need for your driving adventures, including transmitter, batteries and charger.
- Includes watertight, sealed electronics that let you drive anytime, anywhere. Snow, rain, and mud-these vehicles can handle it all.
- Dynamite Power Systems for speed, acceleration and dependability
- Spektrum™ 2.4 GHz Radio System for precise Interference-Free Control
The initial product offering of the Vaterra brand upon its initial announcement consisted of seven vehicles spanning both on-road and off-road vehicles and covering 1:8 scale, 1:10 scale, and 1:14 scale electric variants. The Vaterra on-road car list included a 1969 Camaro, a 2012 Camaro, and a 2012 Nissan GT-R. The Vaterra off-road cars included the Glamis Uno, a 2WD, 1:8 scale, sand rail dune buggy; a 4WD, 1:10 scale rock crawler and dune buggy combo called the Twin Hammers; the Kemora, a 4WD, 1:14 scale rally car; and the Kalahari, a 1:14 scale, 4WD desert racer.
Vaterra RC products are available through Horizon Hobby's vast network of local hobby shops and online retailers world wide.