Thought I may as well share...
I have recently finished an Avante 2011 build and have to say it was great fun. I have built it as a runner that may see a little shelf display time however I always prefer the challenge of running my RC cars hard yet keeping in them in great condition.
As I wanted to run brushless I initially tried a Tamiya TBLM-02S 10.5t but found the can was too long and just didn't work in the Avante so I ended up using a Hobbywing V10 13.5t.
Motor: Hobbywing XERUN V10 13.t. ESC: Hobbywing QuickRun Sensored 60amp Servo: SPT low profile. Receiver/Radio: Flysky
Great fun to build.
Drivetrain seems to handle the 13.5t brushless system on 2S without problem and is very smooth.
Drives great over loose surfaces types and can handle minor bumps and small jumps with ease.
Can hit 50kph over gravel and grass with the current setup and stock gearing. I am yet to test on pavement but I don't think it would be much better with the pinion size limits.
In my opinion it has to be one of the best looking new or retro RC cars in box art either sitting still or on the move.
The cheap SPT low profile servo is absolutely perfect for a 1/10 buggy and about 1/4 of the price of what I have paid locally for a SAVOX low profile servo.
Motor ESC temps stayed low on this setup even with extended high speed grass runs. I never measured above 45c with a 32c ambient temp.
Need to use plenty of thread lock and regularly check tightness of fasteners, far more than in more modern RC cars.
Suspension geometry is a pain to adjust with the unique design and old school ball links.
Even taking the body off is a pain with the need to pop off the strut braces each time. (I can definitely feel the difference if I run without them).
Top of the front shocks and the cockpit are very exposed to crashes if you are using as a runner. They don't stay looking new for long.
If you want to fit the driver figure then space for electrics is tight.
Much of the aluminium quickly becomes pitted with use and does not look great after a few battery packs.
Pinion choice is limited. I couldn't fit anything above the 21t supplied in the kit as the gear starts to rub on the housing if you do, I could easily go higher with the brushless setup.
The Hobbywing V10 is an exposed motor and I am sure at some point I will have issues with debris getting into the can.
Rear end is a bit to stiff, could do with lower weight oil or softer springs in the rear.
I don't notice a huge difference with the upgraded steering linkage.
Now to get permission from the wife and kids to build my Kyosho Optima Turbo and see how they compare.