Originally Posted by Icero
oops, forgot Kyosho, i guess becuase no one at my track uses them. I don't really consider Tamiya a leader though....
Tamiya does have a legacy as more fun related cars, with less racing ambitions, although later cars have matured in that aspect, like the famous Avante, although big racing successes in the off road scene were scarce, if I remember well. Still, especially in the Drift and Touring Car scene, with the TT-01 chassis for instance, that have a large user base.
Kyosho seems to address a limited public these days, mostly fans of their refined techniques as for instance in Europe the parts are priced almost double compared to Japan or the USA, making them a less interesting choice there.
Most of their cars are race oriented, with focus on handling and light construction, trying not to sacrifice durability in the process. I have yet to encounter a Kyosho that doesn't at the first meters feel good right away, as for handling. Responsive, yet smooth. They offer some more fun oriented RTR as well lately, like the Sandmaster.