Its never alive and kicking.
Most of the 1/10 scale buggies now days from the reputable manufacturers(spell check) are great cars to run. Whether it be the b44, a b4, or a t4 from associated, or a xxx-t, xxx-cr, or the xxx-g from losi. They are all great cars to race with. I'm partial to associated and losi when it comes to anything racing scene. The other sheep guys will tell you somthing different. Really, any good known company will put you with a car you can be competitive with.
I'm hearing that 1/10 scale 4wd electric is coming back, and that 1/10th scale electric in general is coming back as well. Mainly due to being so much more affordable in the scheme of things than these 1/8th scale nitro and electric cars out there. For about 500 you can have a sweet setup to race with, compared to almost a grand for an 1/8th scale.
Now, I live in Texas...we have differnt types of racing than everywere else. Thats why I say I HEAR that it is coming back. Around here, people are really kicking the idea around, elsewhere it may be unheard of, or the all new rage.
If your looking for onroad, I prefer associated. Tc4 or the tc5 are AMAZING cars, and the tc4 is a well well proven platform, and the tc5 is also quickly gaining that status.
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