I'm an associated guy and of course i'm gonna talk up assciated stuff....however, there are alot of people that would agree with me on this one. The TC5 would be an excellent choice. You get pretty close to XRay performance for almost $150 less, and the parts are alot cheaper to buy. I'm a beginner myself and i've run a few cars and i'm happiest with the TC5. Even some of the fast and experienced guys at our track run it as well. Ask Scotty Ernst, he'll tell you it's one of the best touring cars he's ever driven.
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