You should probably start with something that is RTR.. Its just easier and as far as touring cars go, you don't really need to upgrade too much as they are good out of the box. If you are trying to keep in a budget I would suggest the HPI sprint2.. I run with a group of friends every saturday night in New Jersey and most of them run these cars in the summer months. I have several touring cars, but I prefer the older HPI Sport2 and the Pro.. they were replaced by the Sprint2.. If you are seriously looking into racing, then something on the higher end would be in order, but you will not be anywhere near your budget after outfitting the electronics. Don't go too cheap either or you will be dissapointed with the handling and lack of adjustments with those cheaper cars. Batteries and a charger will be your other expense. I run 3 to 4 packs on a typical saturday night and I won't spend more than $30 per pack at the most and the chargers aren't that much either. Our typical setup consists of 4600 or 5700 Castle creations motor, Castle mamba or sidewinder esc and funny enough we all run cheap Tactic or Flysky radios.. Some of the guys will use Hobby Wing motors and esc's, but they don't seem to last as long as the Castle stuff.. I've seen a few traxxas velineon's as well in a car or two. None of this stuff will cost all combined over $500.. We try and keep it cheap because we crash them hard and often and none of us want to lose something too expensive.