Are you talking about a Traxxas 4-Tech? If so, you should have a great time bashing around. My first hobby grade rc car was a Traxxas Rustler (about 13 years ago) and that thing was a blast.
As far as upkeep of the car, follow the instructions. Try to clean the car after running. Drain your batteries as much as possible before charging them, and read your instruction manual. I could go on and on about keeping the car up but you have to become familiar with it (not me).
I dont know what type of upgrades are available for the 4 tech. Check the Traxxas website. Although the car is not really considered a "race car" you will still have a blast driving it. Parts that tend to break include shock towers and suspension arms. They are cheap fixes and it wouldnt hurt to have a few extra on hand.
Since I dont have experience with your particular car, maybe someone will tap in and offer some more advice.
Welcome to the world of RC and good luck.
Last edited by llamont; 08-25-2006 at 09:14 PM.