Originally Posted by NewXGen
Hello everyone im new to this rc thing and I was looking to buy my first touring car just to mess around with in parking lots. I want something that I can mod, something that Is fairly quick and trying to stay under 350 if possible. I know this hobby is not cheap but for now my budget is around 300-350. I was looking at a discontinued team associated tc4 RTR at my local hobby shop and also a Team associated apex RTR. can anybody tell me which is the better car? if need be I don't mind building my own with the team associated club car chasis? I just want a decent car that is reliable,quick, and not to expensive. hobby shop said I should get a t-associated.any thoughts?
If you are simply playing around in a parking lot and your idea of mods is looking for more speed, I would go with the Apex. It has a 2.4 radio and will accept standard wheels and tires so you can upgrade for more traction when you increase power. Motors and batteries that can achieve high speeds can be installed.
If you plan to race, the TC4 is a race car and you will achieve better performance from it and there is a greater selection of hop ups which improve handling. The discontinued RTR does not come with a 2.4 radio so you might run into some problems with interference and it uses an older brushed power system which you will want to upgrade at your first chance.
The TC4 Club Racer comes with no electronics and the example above gives you an idea of how to make a competition ready vehicle that is completely legal for racing.
Since you are new you have to realize that RC Cars and RC Racing, in my opinion, are two completely separate hobbies. In most cases cars designed and equipped for playing around or bashing (as it is called) are not suitable in a racing situation. And cars and electronics designed for racing can be too fragile for playing around which makes them an unsuitable option.
I would go with the Apex for playing around and if at some point to want to compete you can step up top something competition oriented like the TC4 or better.