These kind of threads are always the same, some people say what car they think is the best, and after a while a sort of bash towards each other starts.
There are a few cars which can be considered as the most competitive TC's looking at results:
- Tamiya TRF 416 (WE)
It's a car which goes good right out of the box. Proven to be good on both asphalt and carpet. Winning most big races. Downside is that you have to get the old 416 chassis to get the car perform best for rubber/asphalt.
- Hot Bodies Cyclone TC
HPI/Hot Bodies is one of the biggest competitors of Tamiya, but seems to perform a bit less on carpet. Downside is that a lot of development is done, but just few is made available in stores.
- X-Ray T2'009
It's very good but either the team or drivers just don't seem to be to lucky, which makes them miss big races (like Hagberg at the DHI) Downside is that you have to get the old T2 '008 chassis to make the car perform best for rubber/asphalt.
A lot of other manufacturers get close but are just not as good as the top 3 cars:
- Kyosho TF5 Stallion 'Shin' Edition
One of the best "non top-3 cars". Downside is that the same as for HB, a lot of development but nothing of it reaches the stores.
- Team Associated TC5
A good car, especially on carpet. But the car just misses that little bit because the design is a little outdated.
- Corally RDX Phi (009)
Same as the TC5, good car especially on carpet. Downside is that cars of Corally feel like prototype cars right outside the kit, to much minor problems.
- Top Racing Scythe ARP
According to people racing it it's a good (according to some even the best) car. But it's hard to say for sure, since they didn't win any big international races.
- Team Losi JRXS Type R
The Losi is a good car for people driving Foam or lipo. The car has got a unique design, but it just misses that bit. There is a reason the 3 top cars look so much alike. Maybe Losi wanted to be different a bit to much.
- Robitronic Avid (2)
Robitronic has proven to deliver high performace electronics with the overloader and Icube, but the car just wasn't good enough. A carpet the car is performing reasonable, but on asphalt most people just feel like the car is not good enough.
Al this is based on a combination of own experience and combined opinions from others. I probably forgot a lot of cars, but maybe someone can complete it