Originally Posted by wingracer
As others have said, it's mainly the cost of the machines, molds and r&d you are paying for. If companies could sell millions of kits, the prices would be substantially lower but when you only sell hundreds or a few thousand at most, all that expense has to be spread over a smaller amount of product.
That being said, there is more than $10 worth of materials too. The graphite alone is probably $40 or more. Plus $20 or more worth of bearings.
Remember the old gold tub RC10? The bushing model was like $80 or so less than the bearing version.
I remember the gold tubs. And bearings were the main hopup part,
besides an esc. Esc's back then costed about as much as the car itself.
Sure I was a little kid back then but I do remember a little bit.
And back on topic, to market a top of the line touring car
probably takes millions and billions of dollars.
Aluminum parts have to be CNC machined, Anodized, if there is any color
to the part to be added...etc..most top of the line touring cars have
aluminum on them, mainly the bulkheads.