"RC Car" redirects here. For the remote controlled car in Grand Theft Auto 1, see Model Car.

The RC Bandit (also known simply as the RC, RC Car or RC Buggy in Grand Theft Auto III) is a small radio controlled car that is available for use in several missions in the 3D Universe.


3D Universe

In all of its appearances, the RC Bandit is primarily used as either a controllable bomb or for racing. The race car-like design of the vehicle has virtually remained unchanged between Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories rendition of the RC Bandit is redesigned as a miniature pickup truck-based monster truck. While in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the RC Bandit uses miniature wheels, other renditions of the vehicle uses scaled-down versions of either sportscar's wheels (GTA III & GTA VC) or utility's wheels, possibly used on the Bobcat or the Landstalker (GTA LCS).

The Grand Theft Auto III rendition originally features only one color scheme, while the other renditions support a wider range of colors, including blue, red, yellow and green. The Grand Theft Auto San Andreas rendition also lacks an external radio antenna, unlike the other renditions.

Version History Gallery


3D Universe

Performance of the vehicle is as expected; being small and light, the RC Bandit is highly nimble with excellent acceleration, but has a low top speed. Because the RC Bandit in GTA III to GTA San Andreas features very still suspensions, the cars are susceptible to rollovers on bumpy terrain. The GTA Liberty City Stories rendition, however, receives performance tweaks, including a slightly improved top speed and soft suspensions that allow it to traverse uneven terrain much better. Some renditions are electric while others are powered by gasoline or methanol ("nitro" in RC terminology).

3D Universe Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 47 / 75 (GTA III model)
48 / 78 (GTA LCS model)
1 Electric AWD (GTA III model)
RWD (GTA LCS model)
100 / 220
N/A N/A 1 Electric battery AWD Cannot be observed

Prominent Appearances in Missions

The RC Bandit is only restricted for missions or sidemissions only, therefore the player cannot use the car in free-roam without Modifications or the use of certain exploits.

Grand Theft Auto III

  • Entering a TOYZ van will trigger a side mission, in which the player must destroy as many gang vehicles as possible using RC Cars rigged with explosives. It is also used in Toyminator to blow up three armored Securicars. The player can obtain the RC Bandit from Toyminator, by simply entering and exiting the TOYZ, navigating it to the garage and blowing it up as soon as the door closes, as seen here.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Entering the Top Fun van parked in Vice Point, will trigger a side mission, in which the player must race around a track using an RC Bandit. By entering the van with a OM0 rampage, resulting in the duplication of the mission, the player can obtain the RC Bandit, as seen here. Trying to enter the RC Bandit will make the game crash.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The final mission for Zero involves helping him move an RC Bandit across a model battlefield as Berkley tries to trap and destroy it. The car is controlled only by Zero, with the player controlling an RC Goblin as support. It is an inaccessible vehicle and normally cannot be obtained by the player, however the player can obtain it using a very complex process, as seen here. It was originally going to be used in the mission "Tanked Up", which was cut from the game during development.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • There are three checkpoint races which involve the player compete using a RC Bandit against three others. It's possible to obtain the RC Bandits as seen in these videos here, here, and here.


  • "RC Bandit" is a play on arse bandit, another sexual joke by Rockstar.
  • The name may also come from the real life RC car Traxxas Bandit.
  • If the player spawns the vehicle in GTA III and GTA Vice City and attempts to enter it, the game will crash as soon as the player opens the "door". In GTA San Andreas, however, if the player tries to enter it, nothing will happen. But, in GTA Liberty City Stories, the player can normally enter it and drive it around, however, on the PSP version the player has to teleport inside the RC car, otherwise the game will crash.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the RC Bandit's engine noise is the same as the Faggio's
  • Out of all the RCs in San Andreas, the Bandit is the only one that can have a change of color.
  • The RC Bandit in GTA III has alternate colors programmed in the game, however only one is used ingame.
  • The RC Bandit in GTA LCS bears a resemblance to "Hammerhead" in the game "Twisted Metal: Small Brawl", with both vehicles being monster truck-type RC cars and bearing an almost identical blue-ish teal and yellow paint job. Seeing how chronologically TW:SB was released some years prior to GTA LCS, the RC Bandit in the game could have been based on Hammerhead's design.
  • In the RC Racing game ReVolt, there is a RC car also named RC Bandit.
  • In the mobile version for GTA: Liberty City Stories, the RC Bandit has a new sound, closer to its GTA III one.
    • Also, in the PSP and PS2 versions it appears with a different color on the upper half than the lower half, but in the Mobile version it's always a single color.

See also


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