both the losi and the tc3 are excellent cars. what I meant was that as a newbie, until you get better at driving, you WILL hit the boards and you will break parts eventually on any car.
Actually, from a toughness standpoint, the sprint is a pretty tough car. that is part of the reason why it is not as fast as others. more reinforcement= more weight = slower speed and reaction time.
just buy whatever car has good parts support in your area and pay less attention to what is winning the IFMAR/ ROAR or whatever national title. until you put enough time in to develop your skills, you will not be able to use those hyper light/ fast cars to their fullest advantage.