Originally Posted by Slotmachine
I frequent the hobby shops quite a bit, one thing I cant stand seeing is a new guy getting stuck with a less then quality car. The sales people talk up the lower class rtr`s so they can move them out of the stores and sell a lot of hop ups for them. By the time you buy all the bells and whistles, you could have gotten a really good car that preforms right out of the box, like the MTX-3. After buying all the hop ups for a crappy car you still aren't going to keep up with the Jones`es. What top driver have you read about that runs anything but a top brand?
I totally agree with you. I startet with a hpi rs4 ss. Because i allready knew i was going to drive in the track i bought a fast engine for it. The best pullstart engine, a novarossi 5p(it's about the same price as a nsr3 tuned). But the engine was so powerfull it ripped my diffs to shreds. So needed to concert entir drivetrain to heavyduty. I also bought all the hop ups you can get for it. I spend about 600-700 euro's on the entire car. Which is about 700-800 dollars. But when i went to the track, i was just blown away by all the real racecars. It doesn't matter how much hop ups you get for it it just isn't fast enough.
So i drove the car for 2 month's. Sold it for 300 dollars(no one would pay more for a rs4 because it is a parkinglot car). Got a 710 and that's a whole lot better.
But one thing. With the rs4 i learned a lot of the basics of the car, and the driving lines. That's why i bought it in the first place, i already knew i would progress to a pro car. But with the amount of help i get in the track( i drive on heemstede, test track of serpent) i could have started with a 710 easily.
But if you dont have people around of which you know that they can help you with all you problems i still advise to start with a beginner car.
But you already did electro right? If you did it on a competitive level you are already familiar with the basics of driving, and set up. So then it would be smart to start with a pro car. You only have to learn how te tune the engine.
But not's that hard if you buy a good one. I prefer novarossi based engine's
Not the mega's. It's a bitch to tune compared with my JP.