You first need to say where you located? Second if there is a track around see what brands others are driving. Check the Local Hobby shop for parts support. You can drive a car without quick replacement parts available.Many of the cars out there use interchangealbe parts( like the Associated front ends).These cars are easy to drive and alot less maintenance than the Touring cars. If you were in Florida you could go to one of the state races and see what were are driving.
Me personnely- I've got a experimental Bolink Links car and a Darkside car. Go with the single cell lipo and 13.5 motor and get the Momba Max 1 cell ESC( very hard to get) and the smart boost from Novak.
Team Epic/Trinity -Michael Bruce Hobbies-Team CRC ,Kimbrough Products GForce and RJSpeed.
WGT-R, GT Racing USA (17.5 foam),RJSpeed- Legends &Spec Mod, MudBoss and 386 RaceWay.