Cliche once again but it will always be about the driver. My buddy with his E10 makes everyone else looks lame. Including me and my gazillion dollar VDF. I had a very hard time getting around the track thinking something was wrong with my setup. It was always spinning out, oh noes something must be wrong with the one way! Then I let my buddy drive it and suddenly my car was the most impressive thing I've ever seen.
That said, I've since switched to a TA03F and I feel more comfortable with it which has really helped my driving.
My advice get a cheap drift car. If you like it, learn from it. When you feel you've outgrown it, then you go big!
To me RC drifting is finesse through lack of traction. It's alot harder than it looks despite what you hear from snob racers.
"It looks like a [insert car here]. It's just another [insert car here] clone!"
"Why did [insert manufacturer here] go with such a radical design? [insert manufacturer here] needs to stick with what works!" Shhhh, please.