It’s a topic that interests any who follow cars as a passion. An art that takes confidence and a great deal of skill to master. The act of remaining in control, whilst one is out of control. Otherwise known as drifting, this motorsport has become gained a mass in popularity across the globe within the past couple of decades.
Nissan 240sx (S14) Sliding sideways around a corner:
The origins of drifting traces back to the country of Japan, where drivers would head to the mountains where curvy roads existed. These activities where very much illegal, however drifting has since then evolved into a form of motorsport even that takes place on tracks, and is indeed legal since they are on private tracks and not public highways.
To begin a drift, the driver has to enter a corner with oversteer, or with the back end sliding out from behind. To continue the drift and finish the corner, the driver must balance between giving the car more gas, and counter steering (steering to the direction that the rear is sliding).
With drifting becoming an evermore popular competition event, it is becoming more than likely that there are events happening near you or within travel distance from you. Going to one of these events can make it tempting to want to join in on the fun. One of the biggest factors in deciding to do so is your choice of weapon (car).
The best features in a car that make it drift friendly is a manual transmission and rear wheel drive. Below are listed four of the nicest (in my opinion) cars to purchase in order to learn and master drifting in, and won’t break your bank.
Both the 350z and 370z are great cars that with a little gas will kick out the rear of the car. Besides being sideways happy, these cars also sound amazing, with a high pitched roar similar to their bigger brother the Nissan R35 GTR.
Mazda Miata MX-5:
The Miata is the car for you if you are looking for the cheapest entry into drifting. They are easy to find and can fit your budget whether it’s $3,000 or $10,000. Where the Miata lacks in power, it makes up for in its small and light body that is nimble.
Nissan 240sx S14:
Nissan 240sx’s are iconic in drifting motorsport. They have endless amounts of tuning options, are easy to learn in, and look sharp. The only downside is they are fairly rare up here in New-England. So your options are limited, and you most likely won’t find one under $5k that isn’t in rough shape.
BMW M3 E36:
The only non Japanese car on the list. The E36 M3 may cost more than the others up front, but little to no upgrading is needed to drift this car like a champ. This is thanks to the 286 BHP that is delivered to the Rear wheels on a limited slip differential.