Originally Posted by Artificial-I
Just be sure to get shaft drive.
Nitro NTC3 RTR
Hpi RS4-3 RTR
Kyosho FW-05T (links of it here
Id lean to the kyosho. Its the newest of the bunch and probably offers the best drive all around. The other thing if your interested in easy to mount and use bodies from the hpi bunch then go with the hpi rs4-3. But the ferrari's look mighty nice on the kyoshos.
Another thing to look at is possibly some nitro buggies. Those are fun precise and can go off-road. If anything in the areas your running in , youll find more fun with a buggy.
I agree. I work in a hobby shop and deal with this everyday. We sell all three cars listed. This would be my advice to you:
The most important thing is to go and see what car your LHS sells AND stocks parts for. This way you don't have to order your spare parts online.
At my store we sell all three models listed above and the cheapest out the door is the Kyosho FW-05+. We sell it for $279.99, and most versions come with fuel bottle and a cheap igniter. All you need extra is your fuel and 8 AA and 2 D batteries. Just make sure you get the "Plus" version-it comes with valuable upgrades like alum. shocks and front cvd axles. Plus it comes with really nice bodies!
The Nitro TC3 is a good car too-it is based on Associated's race car of the same name. Probably cheaper to upgrade this car later to a rear exhaust .12 engine (on the Kyosho FW05 you have to upgrade the clutch and 2 speed to do this). The Nitro TC3 also comes with an igniter and fuel bottle. Just add fuel and batteries. Ugly body though.
The HPI car is the most expensive because you need to purchase a 7.2 volt stick pack ($14-$20) and charger ($30-$40) as well as a fuel bottle and glo-plug igniter (about $25 alltogether). It is also the worst handling of the three as it is not based on a racing-type touring car chassis chassis (flexible suspension components=more forgiving in a crash. Basically add $100 to price of car for accesories and fuel.
I would probably go with the Kyosho for the good handling, low price and really nice bodies-especially the Ferrari's and BMW M3GTR. Just remember that the engine has a pull-start-if you flood the engine and the pull strater gets hard to pull, DONT'T KEEP PULLING-you'll break the pull start cord (the pull starter is not covered by the warranty!). Just remove glo-plug, pinch off the fuel line, turn car upside down and then pull the starter cord a few times to remove excess fuel.
Stay away from the Inferno GT RTR. Expensive to upgrade (at least engine wise)and very few body choices.