Most magazines are biased towards positive analysis of the kits they review. It's very annoying and any faults they find (unless glaring) are dismissed as quirks or due to their driving skills. That's business I guess... can't piss off your advertisers.
Yes and no. We're trying to change this impression out there that every car that comes out is "The best chassis ever that you 100% positively cannot live without!!!". That's not true, and we're realistic about that. At the same time, it's also unrealistic to say something is a complete POS. There is a delicate balancing act that happens. Another problem I find in testing cars out is that some things just don't pop up right away. For example, I tested a gas car when I was writing for a different mag. The car ran pretty well and I gave it decent marks. BUt I only ran like 10 tanks of fuel through it. I shelved the truck for a few weeks, but then took it to my dad's cottage to run around his lot. 3 tanks into my running there, the engine just died for no apparent reason. I tried to restart it, but the compression just wasn't there. When I got home to my tools, I took the engine apart. The Piston and sleeve were shot after 13 tanks, and I run my stuff really rich. I felt bad after rating the truck pretty positively, but this was not something I could have anticipated. This is where a long-term test comes into play.
I think this is a cool concept, and I'll forward it on. To be honest with you, I think it is impractical to list every chassis you have listed here. Go to a race track, what cars do you find. I think most of you would agree it would look something like:
Once the Pro 4 comes out, you could add HPI to the list. Does that mean the other chassis aren't good? Heck no! But these are the major players that hobby shops have decided to carry. I think that's a shame because you get really good cars that people won't try because the parts aren't available. X-ray is a prime example. I have a T1R I just tested. I like the car, but I'm having problems getting my hands on support parts through the LHS. Because of this, its sitting on my workbench awaiting parts.
Just my 2 cents, and like I said, this will get passed on.