Originally Posted by ThePanda
Beginner drift is a hard segment to him into. Most start with a Tt series car, then spend a lot upgrading it. Avoid this. Start with something middle of the range, and it will already be better than even the most highly upgraded tt01/02. I would pick up a tb04 or tb03 chassis from Tamiya, but a cheap brushed esc (HPi has a good one) and a cheap radio (like Futaba 3pl) and cheap servo and some drift tires, and go run.
That is horrible advice. Neither of those chassis will be any better than a TT-01 or TT-01D for drifting.
TT-01D would be a great starting point if you want to drift. If you don;t like it, they are easy to re-sell.
TT-01 are easy to work on, easy to build and will give you all the fun of the hobby without the outrageous price. Not to mention you can get parts for it from ANYWHERE.
You could buy everything car, radio, servo, Lipo for around $350 bucks if you ask around and search online.
Don't worry so much about your local hobby shop ( if you have one ) for parts support, you most likely will not break anything anyway.
The Stock Kit motor that comes in the Tamiya kits will be fine as well as the ESC if you buy a kit that includes one. Both can handle lipo's if you so desire, you will just have to pick up a low voltage alarm. ( you can find one on Ebay for about $8 shipped in the US. )
Avoid some of the advice here that says a TT-01 will always be a TT-01. Of course it will, and with simple bearings and some decent shocks it is quite a capable car.
Don't blow money on a expensive chassis, as being a beginner you're not going to tell a difference.
It's not going to make drifting any easier or harder for you. At least with a TT-01 if you decide that Drifting is not for you, Upgrade to brushless and make a speed demon out of it. You can't do that with sakura D3.