Originally Posted by MRX_joe21
When it comes time to select a 3 or 5 port engine for racing, there are many things to consider, for instance, you want to be certain that you want make sure its an engine that will give you a ton of power and snap when you need it.
Any of the better engines will have plenty of power. The most important thing to consider is what is going to be legal where you race. 5 ports are usually not legal, most manufacurers would put the best into the 3 ports because that is the worldwide excepted norm for racing. Anyone that asks what is the best engine is generaly new to the racing scene & would not usually require the fastest engine on the market to get started. My advise would be pick up a nice OS TR 3 port .12 or a RB V.12 (not a Rody) or a Novarossi S3. The OS would be the slower of the 3 but very easy to tune & either the RB or Nova go plenty hard enough to get started. Engines have a fairly short life so spend the extra on better radio equipment & then by a Rody or JP later on when you get used to racing. Also the NTC3 is not fragile, I raced one for 3 years & only just changed to the 710 only because the belt drive cars are better on long tracks. The NTC3 is a great short track or carpark track racer, get the FT kit & buy an extra ball diff for the front & put the oneway away until later (the oneway gears are a weak point if you hit stuff)
MRX_Joe21 think before you post, you sound like you are quoting snippets from magazine reviews. Give advise when you know what you are talking about, not just for the sake of getting your post count up.