The people who knock this car need to get real.
The car is GREAT for getting into racing. here are some pics of mine:
Its a nicely modded car. The pics arent up to date. it also has the super shock set and the CF shock towers now. (because it runs the Proceed 1/8th scale springs they were so strong that they would warp the shock towers on compression before. I also replaced the rear hubs with the auminum ones from GPM because the plastic ones were the weak point on the car for breaking. Running 2 deg toe in on the rear.
Its sporting a full wolfpack radicals chasiss, steering, and 2 speed diff that is VERY similar to the one used in the NTC3 and the Kyosho FW-05R. The 2 speed is the BIGGEST improvement you can make. The finger type 2 speed is pointless crap, since it is very random with its engagement and as teh hub heats up in a run the engagement changes. The Wolfpack 2 speed is very tuneable and dead relaible.
I raced that car all last summer in that trim. Its fast, pretty durrable and can keep up with an NTC3. Infact the fiber brake disk is better at predictable and consistent braking than any of the small steel disk ones I have used on other cars.
Also replace the input shaft/bevel pinion into the diff cases with the hardened one made for the MT, it removes lots of lash and also makes the diff bevel gears last a full season.
I am actually pondering selling this car off now since I now have a Kyosho FW-05RR (R upgraded to an RR) to run next year since I am getting better at racing and want something a bit more bread for it.
But these HPI cars are FAST and can be very nimble of you set themup right, the biggest issue is finding configs for more than one person on one track.
Edit: Also my car was lighter than a TC3 with teh same engine. So for those who call teh car a tank or a truck, its also a very light truck