Originally Posted by -jacob-
Heres a response i gave 1 of the guys asking for help but it was too late since he already had purchased another car
I started racing 1 year ago. First car was a HPI, then tried AE, then Tamiya 417v5.... this winter i sold both 417's for 2 Awesomatix A700 Evo. I want to give you my honest feedback.
One of the most annoying things that i did not like about a traditional car like you named is they will release a newer car yearly. Which most of the time, the new one is better. Most of the time, you cannot convert your last years to the new updates. This would require for you to sell your car every year.
A few pro drivers in my area told me that it is recommended to switch cars yearly anyhow because of slop developing a year later. It is more cost effective to sell your 1 year old car then buy the new release.
Awesomatix may cost more from the beginning, but long term it is way more cost effective.
- it is the only car in the market that doest not release a new car yearly. They make updates on parts that is compatible to upgrade even the first generation kit.
- the car is mostly aluminum and carbon fiber which makes the car very durable. Slop develops mostly in Plastics.
Aluminum and carbon = no or less slop.
- I have never broken a piece since i have owned it and i crash hard very hard. Some mod guys have T boned me full force on a straight. Things might pop out, get loose (mechanic error lol) but have yet to actually break a piece.
Something to think about since you have concerns that a new kit comes out every year....
Me as an Awesomatix owner dont have to worry about that.
Also, Awesomatix from what i have seen and hear is prolly the only car where you can have the very first
generation and still compete and beat the newest and greatest kits currently out.
Hope this helps.
Maybe they don't release a new car each year, but don't they release new parts all the time? In the end, same thing, I would much rather have the same car for a year than constantly upgrading with new parts.
You write it is very durable, I have heard differently.
You write it is made of aluminium instead of plastics, which doesn't develop slop. Maybe true, but aluminium may not brake as easily as plastic, but it bends and needs to be replaced. And much more expensive than a plastic part. For a new driver with a lot of crashes, it sounds like buying a lot of expensive alu parts.
Most drivers I know of who have had the Awesomatix in the end went for something more "traditional" for various reasons.
And the "need to change car each year" statement. Maybe true for the pro drivers. They may even get them for free or at a reduced price. I have no problem keeping my 417V5 tight and slop free. I disassemble it regularly and replaces parts that are not in tip tip condition. And for my club level, it far exceeds my potential.
You write that an Awesomatix is the only car that with an older generation can compete with the newest kits. I believe that any second generation version of all the top brand TC's can be raced competitively by any higher level racer.
I'm not saying an Awesomatix is not a good TC, just that it is seems not to be the perfect "beginner" TC.
No offense, but the statements are just so much not based on facts, sorry. Maybe wishful thinking.
I never make the mistake and believes that the brand I drive (Tamiya) is the best. They are all good.
If you blindly believe that your car is the best, you become a fan boy. You disconnect yourself from fact based argumentation. Not a good starting point when trying to give advice to others.