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Old 03-02-2012, 08:34 AM   #1
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I have been racing dirt off-road rc for the last few years. Before that I did 1/10 scale nitro on-road.
I have a friend who is trying to convince me to get an 1/10 electric on-road car for racing at a few big carpet races.
I will be running 2S lipos and a brushless motor setup (probably either a 17.5 or 13.5).
What is a good car to get? My skills are intermediate in both driving and tuning, so I would like something that I could follow a "pro" drivers setup for my car as a starting point. I would also like to keep the costs down.
Here are the options that I have come up with:
1) Associated TC 6.1 FT - $399.99
2) Tamiya TA05.v2 kit - $229.99
3) Tamiya TA06 kit - $259.99
4) Tamiya TA06 pro - $289.99
5) Used TC6 - It looks like they are selling for around $300 in the for sale section
5) Used TC5 - It looks like they are selling for around $250 in the for sale section
6) something else that I have not considered

thanks for the advice.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:46 AM   #2
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If you looking for used go for an Xray T3. Ive had all 3 models and there are just plain awesome, you get what you pay for period.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:18 AM   #3
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I looked up the xray t3r. It looks like a good car, It looks like it is very hard to find one for sale (amainhobbies.com is the only place I have found them and amain has them out of stock). Are the parts as rare to find, also?

I am also looking for a lower priced car because it will not get driven very much. I don't want to spend big bucks on something that is going to sit on the shelf most of the time.
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get the tamiya ta05 v2 kit but make sure its the kit that comes with all the blue TRF parts...you will not be let down. i love my ta05 and boy is it just fast and easy to drive. what kind of racing will you be doing??
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I looked up the xray t3r. It looks like a good car, It looks like it is very hard to find one for sale (amainhobbies.com is the only place I have found them and amain has them out of stock). Are the parts as rare to find, also?

I am also looking for a lower priced car because it will not get driven very much. I don't want to spend big bucks on something that is going to sit on the shelf most of the time.
If your looking for lower price, then might I suggest the 3Racing Sakura Zero S . It's been getting rave reviews for it's price and is fully upgradeable to a top spec touring car should you find yourself wanting to go that route. Parts are cheap and there's a whole thread on this site about it.

I started out with a TC3, then XRAY T2, then Kawada SV10, and now I'm running a Schumacher Mi4 and so far it's the best car I have driven. Tough as nails and once it's dialed in it's smooth as silk to drive. I've also driven a couple XRAY T3's and a TC6, I like the TC6 over the XRAY, but the plastic parts are a little more fragile on the 6, but cheaper than XRAY parts if you do break them.

Let us know how your purchase goes.
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+1 on the zero s. Its cheap and competitive out of the box. Its also easy and fun to upgrade.
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ive never driven one before but i don t think one of the ta's from tamiya would keep up very well in a big race its just not a real big racing type car (but those are just my thoughts its totally up to u )
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According to this recent poll the Team Associated TC5 is the most used chassis in Vintage Trans Am. I have two friends that race a TC5 and they absolutely love it. They are saving up some money to upgrade to a TC6.1 eventually.
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+1 on the zero s. Its cheap and competitive out of the box. Its also easy and fun to upgrade.

Sakura Zero S is a great car for a newbie but not so the best option for someone who can drive already and has a couple fo years of off road racing experience. Sakura XI would be a better option for the budget concious, as well as Xray and Tc6.
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Does anyone know if the online retailer that is selling the Sakura Zero S is legit? I am new to Touring Car and would definitely like to save as much money as possible.

How about parts? hop ups for the Zero S. Are other company's Touring Car parts compatible with this?
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Have you thought about the Serpent 411?
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Hello,
I have been racing dirt off-road rc for the last few years. Before that I did 1/10 scale nitro on-road.
I have a friend who is trying to convince me to get an 1/10 electric on-road car for racing at a few big carpet races.
I will be running 2S lipos and a brushless motor setup (probably either a 17.5 or 13.5).
What is a good car to get? My skills are intermediate in both driving and tuning, so I would like something that I could follow a "pro" drivers setup for my car as a starting point. I would also like to keep the costs down.
Here are the options that I have come up with:
1) Associated TC 6.1 FT - $399.99
2) Tamiya TA05.v2 kit - $229.99
3) Tamiya TA06 kit - $259.99
4) Tamiya TA06 pro - $289.99
5) Used TC6 - It looks like they are selling for around $300 in the for sale section
5) Used TC5 - It looks like they are selling for around $250 in the for sale section
6) something else that I have not considered

thanks for the advice.
Go to your local track and see what the top drivers are running before you make a selection.

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Also, make sure you can buy parts locally for your new vehicle.
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