Originally posted by jdawg53
The Hyper 7 is a good car but not something I would recommend to someone for their first 1/8th. It is not as durable as some of the other buggies out there. Personally I like the Kyosho 7.5 the best (I have a regular 7.5, K2 and K3). It is an amazing handling car and extremely durable. Plus there are more option parts available from aftermarket companies than most other buggies.
If your on a budget I would go with the Mayhem over the Ofna. I have raced Ofna and ran with guys that had Ofnas and they just dont seem to hold up.
I believe Mugen and Kyosho still make the best 1/8th buggies. I've driven plenty. But Hobao Hyper 7's drive very nicely and are PLENTY durable, believe me. Again, I only say this because I've driven/crashed plenty of them (especially when I try to drive them with those awful steering wheel radios!!) ;o)
In the UK, these Hyper 7 cars are not only cheaper but also just as competitive, if not more so than some of the big names - not just with 'Mr Average Thumbs' - but with the Pro's too. I'd be interested to know why you don't recommend them - bearing in mind that these cars cost very much less than a new Kyosho.
I'm the first to admit that I don't have any experience with the Swift, Mayhem, Ofna, Hong Nor, Protech etc etc type budget 1/8th buggies. Therefore I won't say anything bad about them - nor will I say anything good about them either. Some of them certainly look good, but that says nothing about how they actually compare to other buggies around a given track.