The DM1 can still be a very competitive car. There are some changes that really help the car, so if you can find a good deal on a used one, with under $100 in parts your there. Much less than the Serpent or even the re-branded team C.
I could also build you a car with all the options and all the light stuff. Most that I have not shared or sold. PM me if interested.
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