Originally Posted by TheWired
Recently my interests in RC cars has been re-stimulated and I am quite interested in getting an on-road car... I think. To be honest I am not sure if an on-road car would be right for me. Most likely the car will never see a track and I'd likely be using it on streets, parking lots, and the like. Can I get away with an on-road car under these conditions or should I really be looking more into the off-road cars?
I've previously built an off-road electric car before. Just one, I'm probably just a step above "newby" when it comes to RC cars
Anyway I am looking for a car to be used in the conditions I mentioned for under 400 dollars. Preferably a kit as I really enjoyed building the kit in my past experience, though if I thought it was the right car I'd get a RTR.
So far the car I'm most closely considering is the HPI RS4 RTR 3 Evo+ (An RTR I know..)
If you are just running in a parking lot, then I would go with a shaft driven car.
Most of the quality kits are belt driven, and when used in an unclean surface like a parking lot, they will pick up small pebbles in the belts.
Shaft driven cars will not have this problem.
There are pros and cons to both shaft and belt driven cars, but for someone just getting back into the hobby, I would say go with a shaft driven.
There are the Ofna brands, and NTC1 as examples. The NTC1 by Associated has been around for some time now, but they are still being manufactured and parts should not be an issue.
Pick up a good 12 size engine, good servos, receiver, and you will be good to go.
Or check the for sale forums here and other sites. The way the economy is now, lots of good used items are being sold at great prices.