I gotta put in a bit of a word here for the Darkside MX2 since that is what I drive
There are only a few 1/12ths that use an in-line battery configuration and of those I like this the best. Having the shock mount stand offs in front of the battery is much stronger at holding the battery in place. When they are on the side you risk the battery ejecting straight through the servo in a hard crash. Darkside has some updates to the chassis too that they've been talking about. Can't wait to see what they've come up with!
The BMI DB12R really is a piece of art. I've been planning to get one of these to add to my 1/12th collection. One of our local racers picked one up so I've been able to take a really close look at it and it is very sweet.
CRC and Speedmerchant allready had top notch cars which they have refined considerably and have recently gone away from the traditional AE front end to their own designed front ends. I'd love to get the new SM front end installed on my Darkside MX2