We will start this article with a presumption that you know some basic things about drifting. Just like many amazing things in the car industry, this one also comes from Japan. Original drift races started in the country of the rising sun back in 70’s. Today, it is definitely one of the most popular disciplines. Reasons are numerous, but the main thing about drifting is that everyone can learn to drive in this way. It doesn’t matter at all if you are amateur or a professional driver, everyone can enjoy this amazing motoring discipline. Still, you should get a proper car and here is a short list of cars that are perfect for drifting:
Toyota Corolla Levin / Sprinter Toureno (AE 86)
Do not be confused by the long name. This is definitely a perfect drifting machine. Originally introduced in 1983, this model features all drifting essentials – lightweight, enough power and RWD layout. Initial models featured a max output of 130 horsepower, but later versions were tuned down to 120, so consider some engine tuning. It is a cheap and reliable car, hugely popular among drift enthusiasts.
The iconic sports coupe/convertible was in production between 1978 and 2002. Best known for its revolutionary Wankel engine, this car is not only highly capable but looking pretty as well. Still, its rotary engine is its key trump, since it provides plenty of power and amazing throttle response, crucial for drifting. The third generation of this model is especially interesting for car enthusiasts since its engine delivers 280 horses in the stock version.
Nissan 180/200 SX
This is definitely one of our first picks. This sports car was in production between 1989 and 1998. For all those years, there was a choice of two engines. A base 1.8-liter unit delivers around 175 horses, while a 2.0-liter unit is good for about 205. Combined with light chassis, both models offer amazing acceleration, especially the second one, which needs less than six seconds to reach 60 miles per hour.
The ultimate street racer Toyota Supra could be an excellent choice too. This car was produced for many years and all versions are good for drifting. Still, the last generation, produced between 1993 and 2002, would be our first choice, mostly because of its monstrous twin-turbo six-cylinder engine.
We won’t waste too many words on the probably most iconic street racer of all time. Originally launched in 1960’s, this nameplate is best known for its later versions from 80’s and 90’s. There were several engines in the offer, but you should definitely go for a 2.8-liter inline-six unit. This engine has an amazing tuning potential, so getting 1000 horses won’t be a problem at all!
As you’ve probably noticed, Japanese models dominate this discipline, but Europe has some tough players as well. The most common European car in drifting is probably BMW Series 3 (E30), but Alfa Romeo 75 is also very popular.