First of all not all brushless systems have to make a vehicle a bullet. Control is what makes fast laps on a offroad track. I like brushless for the longer runtimes, consitent performance and tuneablilty. I own a novak 10.5 gtb and I have to say it seems a little more peppy than the xceleron but I like the losi xceleron better. First the reverse is much much smoother, more programability, trainer modes,lipo cutoff actually works when I would like it to. orion 3600's take about 31 to 3200mah after a run. Never hit the cutoff on the novak, I quit running before it takes effect I guess. just better all around so far altough maybe not as powerful but Im also running it pretty mild and the slash is a lot heavier than my t4. The truck looks way cool as I always have had a thing for trophy trucks. I have a private track about 100 x 75', nothing real major as far as jumps as we have 6 of us and without turn marshalls you want to be able to get around cositently without to many crashes. One big tabletop, whoops, two sets of double doubles, mine field, big berm where you can actually limb the barn wall, a couple of single jumps and differnet dirt textures, Kind of equivelant to a crcrc winter midwest champs layout. we line up and run 1 lap sprints time after time and cook out and such on saturdays and try to have fun so we also don't want to break parts on those big air jumps as wind can cause you problems outdoors easily. Two of us have raced and done well over the years and my buddy was giving me a hard time for buying the slash. Said it would never compete with our t4 and b4's. Well I will agree that box stock except for the motor it probably would never win a real 4 minute heat over a t4 with a good driver but with our 1 lap format , sometimes its 3 laps, this truck can take even a t4 with a novak 10.5 and a good driver! I think the reason some folks seem to hate their slashes is that it doesn't exaclty shine on a dried out surface but just after a quick track watering or at night when the moisture is working up and the sun can't dry is back out in 15 minutes this truck is really fun and quite competitive. Sure the t4 can smoke me one heat but the next I might be able to stay within 10 feet and the next I can barely win. I also get the freebe wins if the t4 crashes but those don't count,lol. I think I actually ticked my buddy of from rubbing it in to much when I won 2 in a row, then 3 out of 5. He started to drive to aggressive and it got worse from there lol. Granted I am probably slightly the better driver of the two of us but the race outcomes were the same as if I was driving my t4 or my b4. As far as my setup its box stock except for spectrum radio, losi 10.5 brushless system, rear body post raised to highest position, .25 inch spacer under front body post and longer screws, and the slipper is set pretty loose to help control the rear end slide. On a real sticky track like tonight I should have tightened it a bit to get a better holeshot and help slide the rearend a little more in a couple corners. If anybody ever makes some aftermarket rear treads with any more traction at all I think the truck would be competitive on a dry slick track also. After a few days and maybe 15 runs I love it. It looks and gets around the track like the real thing dang near. I have a light kit to install for our night racing as we recently put up 4 security lights around the track, barely sufficient. A couple led's sure let you see your vehicle better, even just a white one under the body to make the body kind of glow where its white.