Originally Posted by Corners
Don't do that. Move forward and go LiPo.
The Peak 4200 Mah battery is a Lipo
The Primal charger is AC only, but it's pretty much fail safe and does a decent job...not bad for $40. But yes, I agree...go with Lipo up front and don't look back.
FourWheels, the others have given you a lot of great advice. It can get pretty overwhelming, but you're doing it right by researching before you buy. One important thing you need to do before spending a dime is spend some more time talking with the local track group and see what requirements there are for the class you choose to run in. For example, you may get a great buy with $30 tires...only to find out later they aren't the correct tire for that class. Same with motors, ESCs, bodies, etc. Great buys aren't so great if you can't use the item you bought
Concerning my distinguishing between carpet and asphalt...to me, asphalt is a bit more forgiving with traction. Therefore, the shaft driven TC4's rotational torque would be just fine. Don't get me wrong, they do great on carpet too...but in this case, I simply prefer belt driven.
Keep asking your questions and I can bet you'll get some good answers!