I was reading this thread and a few pages back there was alot of "What should I get" questions. I've come up with a logical answer since alot of friends always ask me the same thing. It always depends how hardcore you're trying to be...
-"Still not sure if I want to do this but I'd like to give it a try" Borrow a friends car. Or buy one of the generic Exceed/HSP/Nitro RCX drifters. They're cheap. They drift. But you really can't CS it and aftermarket support is zilch.
-"I'm down bro! But I don't have a very big budget" Try one of the entry level drifters. Driftmission has this excellent article
These cars are cheap and have great drift aftermarket support
-"Oh yeah I'm down, I could spend a bit, but not really alot" Find something used. You may be able to find a high end chassis for a great price. MST's MS01 RTR costs $100 more than an E10 RTR but the MS01 is one of the best drifting chassis' out there. Several sport level TC's make great drift cars because of aftermarket support. Tamiya's TA05 and 06 some to mind. You can also include the budget drifters, albeit with a liberal helping of mods and bling. Anything and everything under the sun is available for the TT01. Hydrogen fuel cell conversion anyone?
-"Sign me the fuc4 up! Sky's the limit!" Anything MST will do, especially if it ends in "VIP". Yokomo D'anything, hopefully RB!? Tamiya VD whatever. And, those Japanese kits you never hear about except in some drift forums. These are the cars you'll see at drift comps and whatnot. These cars are specifically designed for drifting. Two cars I always hear get so much praise for being quite possibly the best drift car out there, Yokomo DRB and MST MS/FS01.
The Phi is a racing TC and the D3 is a purpose built drifter. The Phi has is a higher quality kit but you'll still have to do alot more to it than you would the D3. There's more to drifting than driving a TC with hard tires.
Kotar, that has got to be the prettiest TT01 I've ever seen!