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Old 08-30-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Ive been racing off road for about 2 years now and looking into racing 17.5 TC. There seems to be a lot of manufacturers out there but curious as to what a good 'starter' car is for someone who already has experience racing. I know the Xrays are real nice but a bit pricey at the moment. Probably looking to spend about 250-300 for a kit. Any help would be appreciated.
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Ive been racing off road for about 2 years now and looking into racing 17.5 TC. There seems to be a lot of manufacturers out there but curious as to what a good 'starter' car is for someone who already has experience racing. I know the Xrays are real nice but a bit pricey at the moment. Probably looking to spend about 250-300 for a kit. Any help would be appreciated.
I can save ya about half of that.

Spec-R Racing S1. Runs anywhere from about $109 to $139, depending on where you order from. Uses some X-Ray and Tamiya parts (interchangeable, anyways). I bought mine after about 26 years of racing oval, to go VTA racing with.

There's a thread here on RCTech for the Spec-R R1 (the higher-end kit, about $289, if you wanna go that route). It uses all aluminum vs the plastic stuff in the S1. Needs electronics, tires, and a body.
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A buddy of mine is very competitive with the Sakura line of cars from 3Racing.

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For about $300 you could find a nice used T3 '12, be competitive with it, and not have to buy any of the chinese knock off cars that need upgrades to even work properly.
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R/C cars are like real cars. Once you take them off the lot/box their price goes DOWN A LOT! Plenty of top end used cars you can get for under $300. Lots of people try new things and sell their old one for like half price of new. I would just see what the fast guys run at the track you are going to race at. It's easier for people to help you when they are running the same thing as you. Just my $.02.
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Sounds like you're in the same boat I was in. I was racing offroad for a year, and then the local hobby shop opened up an onroad track too. I wasn't sure I was going to stick with onroad so I bought a Sakura Zero S to get started. Not a bad kit at all for a hundred bucks. Very raceable and tuneable chassis. It's been discontinued but replaced by the Sakura XI Sport, which had some nice improvements over the zero. I'd recommend it to start off. You won't break the bank and still be competitive out of the box.
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I'm new to on-road racing too. I went ahead and bought a Sakura Ultimate. Not too expensive. Just finished building mine and need to try out soon!
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R/C cars are like real cars. Once you take them off the lot/box their price goes DOWN A LOT! Plenty of top end used cars you can get for under $300. Lots of people try new things and sell their old one for like half price of new. I would just see what the fast guys run at the track you are going to race at. It's easier for people to help you when they are running the same thing as you. Just my $.02.
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