Find a used one if you don't want to pay full price. The chances of HPI offering up a kit version are most likely slim to none. Personally the body on it is the only thing about the car that is appealing to me. You could go with one of the GT8 car kits and set it up for ralley style pretty easily also. Kyosho has several very nice bodies that fit them. that way you get true 1/8 scale and have the option to put your own brushless system in it. Really you could probably do it all for less money if you went with a GTP2e and a cheap Hobby King system and bateries.
that is all pretty true. And I often do buy used and put in cheaper electronics, so I can have my fun for less $$$.
I just want to know why HPI thinks they can charge $100 more for a model that differs soo little from its bullet brother.
While i think the WR8 looks a bit better, its $60 or so more than the traxxas 1/10 rally (probly the closest comparible model)
I know I only complain cause im poor. I have only ever spent $500 on a single rc model once, and it was a 1/5 gasser (clone baja)
For the most part, I never spend more than $200 on any single model. (and I mean RTR or RX ready models)
Its almost impossible for me to swallow spending $500 on a car. I can see how something like the savage flux is pricey, but it takes less material and less power to move a car than it does a truck.