Not all cars can be used for drifting. Drift cars are usually lightweight and have to be a rear-wheel-drive, or RWD. The following are examples of some of the best types of cars for drifting:
Nissan Skyline R33 GTS-T
With an RB25 engine, this rear-wheel-drive vehicle is a special model that is popular among car drifting enthusiasts. It can be modified to generate more power and allow the engine to rev it up to the highest level.
BMW E36 M3
Debuting in February of 1992, the BMW E36 M3 is known for its unprecedented specs, particularly its over 250 hp engine, which, along with its big brakes, roll cages, and bucket seats, can take you into full drifting mode in the blink of an eye. It has built a pretty impressive image, not experiencing any hard starts or breakdowns during the 2000 Alcan 5000 Winter Rally, which is considered to be one of the most grueling motorsporting events in racing history.
For beginners, the Mazda RX7 might be a bit of a challenge, with all of its advanced specs and features, but seasoned drivers will surely find the greatest pleasure in driving it. Even though it only runs on a 1300cc, it can produce sufficient power to make those sharp turns and curves at high speeds.
A two-seat sports car introduced in 2002, the Nissan 350Z comes with lightweight wheels and solid brakes, clutch, and other specs. It gained recognition right in its first year after world-class racers, Michiel Schuitemaker and B.J. Zacharias, helped it enter the Grand-Am Cup Series in 2003. Through the years, it has performed successfully in various drifting competitions, particularly in the Formula D series and the D1 Grand Prix, where it has been used by drivers like Tanner Foust, Yoichi Imamura, and Ryuji Miki.
Known as a muscle car back in the 1960s and 1970s, the Pontiac GTO is a popular drifting vehicle that boasts of torque and long wheelbase, which enable it to move around gracefully in a drifting circuit. With its versatility and functionality, it is a popular choice of drifting enthusiasts who are looking for a great quality vehicle at a lower price.
Toyota Corolla AE86
This car model is quite rare nowadays, so you may have to check out a JDM (Japanese Domestic Model) group in your area to see one. It is known for being a favorite vehicle of many drifting legends, including the Drift King, Keiichi Tsuchiya, who started out his drifting career with one of these.
Toyota’s counterpart to the Nissan GT-R, the Toyota Supra is a rear-wheel-drive vehicle that was first manufactured in 1978. Through the years, it was available in a variety of models, including the A40 (1978-1981), A60 (1981-1986), A70 (1986-1993), and A80 (1993-2002). It has garnered an impressive showing in several drifting competitions worldwide, such as in the D1GP in Japan, and drifting events in the United States, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
This car model is the number one choice of vehicle of many drifters as it possesses specs that are simply remarkable — engines with enough power to fire up the motor, various parts that can easily be modded, and other features that even a beginner can learn the twists and turns to without much difficulty. Among its several models, the S13, S14, and S15 are the most commonly used for drifting. It is a smart choice for those looking for the right balance between quality and budget.