What’s the Best Drift Car Choice? Choosing and Buying a Drift Car

What’s the Best Drift Car Choice? Choosing and Buying a Drift Car

Choosing the best drift car takes a little research, but once you get choose your best drift car and get it sorted, you’ll be glad you’ve done it right. What the best drift car is ultimately comes down to your personal preference but there is a little more you should look into before buying a drift car.

Firstly, lets bust a myth about drift cars. Not all cars are created equal. Many people think that any RWD (rear wheel drive) car can drift. Well, it’s true that RWD make the best base for drift cars, some RWD cars are suited better by original design for drifting.

For the easy way to choose the best drift car, you don’t have to look far. To narrow down your choice for a drift car, take a look at what the D1 drivers are drifting. You’ll see that most popular drift cars are made by Japanese makers such as Nissan, Mazda, and Toyota.

There is a reason for the D1 drivers to be using these types of cars. Firstly, they’re RWD. Second, they are sports type cars. Many 2 door coupes with plenty of power. You can obviously increase power with aftermarket parts but a car with enough power to drift already (ie. turbo charged) is going to be the best choice.

Let’s look at the popular drift cars by maker…

Nissan –

  • Skyline (2 door, 4 door) – R31, R32, R33, R34
  • Silvia (2 door) – S13, S14, S15
  • 180sx or 240sx USA (Hatchback)
  • 350Z
  • Cefiro – AE31
  • Laurel

Mazda –

  • RX-7 Series FB 1,2,3, FC 4,5,6, FD 7
  • RX-8
  • Roadstar or Miata (USA) or MX-5 (Aus)

Toyota –

  • AE86 – Trueno/Levin (Sprinter)
  • Supra
  • Mark II
  • Chaser
  • Altezza (4 door)

Above are just a sample of the popular drift cars. Sorry if I’ve forgotten any. These drift cars vary in size, weight, balance, wheel base, handling and power which all effect the way a car drifts.

As for myself, I drift an AE31 Cefiro. Plainly put, it’s easy to drift. It has power, not too heavy and the wheel base in long which makes it hard to spin out. I have drifted other cars such as FC RX-7, 180sx, and S13 Silvia. My Cefiro was the easiest to get used to and is still easy to get good drift angle and lots of smoke.

In conclusion, any of the cars above are good for drifting. Each has it’s own good points and bad. Some general rules to follow are: turbo charged engine = power and easy to drift; longer wheel base = harder to spin out, easy to drift. And don’t forget, you’re the one drifting it, so you have to like the shape and sound of it. Good luck in finding the best drift car for you.

Keep it sideways,

Stu from www.DriftInJapan.com

3 Replies to “What’s the Best Drift Car Choice? Choosing and Buying a Drift Car”

  1. hmm…seems pretty accurate, maybe you should make a list of all rwd cars that are on the market for people can decide for themselves what they would drift in. only an idea…lol

  2. The Series 1,2&3 RX7 have the Chassis code SA22C, not FB, but I guess when you say SA22, people have no idea WTF you mean, but everyone can figure out FB from FC and FD, so it balances out I guess, though I still use SA22 for technical correctness.


  3. I've had a Skyline R33 and those are good at drifting (DON'T get a GTR!, they're for racing NOT drifting)
    I've also tried drifting a 180sx and those are probably the easiest to drift out of all the cars I've tried.
    Rx-7's are too easily turned for me and they're a lot of work to keep up with and if you're not a car person (like me) they're impossible to take care of (my mom had one)
    I'm saving up for a S15 though 😀

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