Originally Posted by swisherteets
budget isn't to much of an issue and as far as what races i am 99% sure that its foam tires.
First off I would say do some searches in this forum because this has been discussed many times before.
Car budget is one thing, but costs to support broken or worn out parts is another. The Xray is a great car, but with the 15%-25% increase in parts that I have already seen it makes the car very expensive to support. It gets old replacing $25 thrust bearings in your diff when the competition is $5.
The key is to find out which car is best supported in your area. If there are a bunch of people running Xrays then I would say stick with that, but if I had my choice I would run an AE TC5F/R based on what type of racing you are going to do. This car is pretty bullet proof and is very easy to get parts for.
If you are going to run LIPO this also has to be a consideration. Trying to get a LIPO under the top deck of an Xray 008 US is pretty difficult. The TC5 can accommodate pretty much every LIPO on the market without any modification to the chassis or batteries.
They are all pretty good cars, but the local support should be your biggest consideration. It is cool to have a car that no one else has, but trying to get setup information and finding parts can be tricky if you are all by yourself.
If you have any specific questions on each car be sure to check each of the specific car threads in the electric forums for tons of information. Drew from Xray as you have already seen seems pretty willing to help, so don't be afraid to ask these guys any questions. I am sure that either Rick Howart or Kevin Hebert from AE would also be willing to help.
Good luck with you decision.