Originally Posted by artie's liver
either vehicle is more capable than 99% of people can take advantage of.
The problem isn't the car, it's the driver
I whole heartedly agree. If you take the time and tune and practice, you can make ANY car work for your local track.
When I used to race in the late 90s, as someone stated earlier, 80% of the folks were running Losi. I was always the guy bucking the system. I managed to do well w/ my AE car, but the XXX was still in the majority. I have been to other tracks where the opposite was true. I think it just depends.
I have always been an AE fan and will continue to run them. However I've driven both and each has some Pros and Cons! I kknow folks who are still JUST as dedicated to Losi. I also know folks who flip back and forth. SOME do it for the challenge. I know some heavy Losi guys who bought AE cars simply because they wanted to try something new.
With the emergence of Academy and Kyosho into competitive racing, I hope the debate of who's better AE or Losi will go away and make room for someone else to win for a change. This argument is just like Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge debate.
My advice, find a couple of local racers with evenly matched cars and see if they will let you drive them. I've asked different racers at my track if I can try their cars, and most are willing to share. Obviously don't go out and hammer down, but drive at a reasonable clip.
-See how well it turns, both on and off power
-notice how it jumps
-is it squirly
-Does the shop carry lots of parts
-who at the track is fast and with what
Again, this could be biased based on the owners driving style, but you can usually get a feel for a car prety quickly.