I'm still learning the names of these things...thinking about getting one.
I want a tough basher. (electric)
What would you choose:
-Mugen Mbx (E conversion)
-Losi 8ight E
They are all good, but for bashing you don't need an $800 Losi 8ight-E. I would recommend geting the cheaper HPI RTR Vorza, Kyosho Inferno RTR or something similar. They are more reasonably priced for what you want to do.
Losi SCTE 2.0,
Associated FT B4.2,
Associated FT T4.2
TLR 22 2.0
You can find good deals on many buggy's including the losi 8ights on the forums sell thread, also watch ebay. Funny enough I sold a 8ight 1.0 race roller last night to a guy for 125, figure 80 bucks for the conversion parts and snag a brushless system and all in for 400 or less depending on your choices for motor and esc.
PS any list and order of the race buggies that anyone posts is pure opinion, so take them all with a grain of salt. The top ones listed are all tanks though, so don't worry about bashing them. Keep in mind the ground clearance though, if you are on flats.. a buggy is great, if you are out in the woods etc something like a truggy or Monster Truck would provide more clearance.