First off, if you read (I know there's a lot
) the entire thread, you will find this discussed elsewhere, Im just not sure where....but for a basic recap....
Champ -Taiwan version
Gold Anodizing on most if not all aluminum
7075 grade aluminum
Floating rear body mount system
3 mm thick chassis
hard coated? "grey" anodizing
6061 grade aluminum
2.7 mm thick chassis....might be 3 mm...sorry, Im not sure.
I'm sure I am forgetting some other things...as for being worth it to a newbie...probably not. I would bet there will be some performance advantage(Im thinking mainly due to the higher grade aluminum), but ultimately, the U.S version will suit you fine. Although, I am also relatively new to racing...I got the Champ -Taiwan version simply 'cause I wanted it and had the extra "green"