Top Speed List

Growing up in the 1980s, one thing I always wanted to know was… how fast can toys go? And how do they compare to one another? I made a few ham-fisted attempts to work this out when I was little, with stop watches and things, but they were never really accurate…

These days, thanks to smartphones, it’s a lot easier to measure the speed of a passing object – to a good degree of accuracy. So this page is going to be filled with the top speeds of all the vehicle toys shown on this website – just as soon as I have time to work them out!


  • All cars will be measured on a flat, completely smooth, indoor surface, using two smart devices that work in tandem to measure speed with good accuracy.
  • Multiple measurements will be taken (at least 20), with the highest recorded speed considered to be the top speed for each toy.

The List

Vehicle Scale Batteries Top Speed (Recorded So Far)
Nikko Night Stalker Nikko Night Stalker 1/18 6 x AA (Car), 1 x 9v (Transmitter) 14.4Km/h
Matsushiro The Winch The Winch, by Matsushiro 1/14 4 x C, 1 x 9v (Car). 1 x 9v (Transmitter) 11.2Km/h