It's definitely a Slash altenative, and I can hope that they'll snag a low-end brushless system from Losi or something, engineer some more durable components, and take off after the VXL.
The horizon site already has some brushless systems listed for it. you can use the ones listed for any of the ecx vehicles since they all run the same tranny. They have a least a couple brushless systems listed.
If you didn't break it, you weren't playing with it right!!
2 ECX Circuits, Traxxas Slash, HPI Sprint2Sport, Losi Aftershock, HPI MT2