So you saw the movie “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift”, and you got all excited about drifting and you want to buy a drift car. I can’t blame you, being a drifter myself, it’s one heck of a fun ride to drift your car around corners at dangerously high speeds. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you want to buy a drift car.
1. Make sure your drift car is Rear Wheel Drive. All the cars you saw drifting in the movie “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift”, use a rear-wheel-drive car. I hope I you know enough about cars to know what a rwd car is, if you don’t, then I’m not quite sure drift is the smartest or safest move for you. A rwd car lets you slide the rear tires out, causing your car to drift.
2. You need a good power to weight ratio in your drift car. Most popular drift cars are Japanese sports cars. A very popular drift car is the AE86 Trueno or Sprinter or “hachiroku” made by Toyota. Other popular drift cars are one’s made by Nissan like the 240sx (180sx as it’s know in Japan and Australia), Silvia – S13, S14, S15, Skyline – R32, R33, R34 both coupes and 4 door sedans. Then there are the bigger drift cars that are becoming popular here in Japan like the Toyota Chaser or Mark II. Mazda’s Rx7 – FC, FD are also very popular as you’d know because you saw an orange and black FD Rx7 in “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift”.
3. You then need a few essential parts on your car to make it drift like in the movie “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift”. Most important is an LSD (limited slip diff). This allows you to spin both rear tires at the same time, making it easier to drift. Other necessary parts include a bucket seat. Makers like Bride and Recaro have great one’s pro drifters use. Coil over or lowered suspension is a must have to lower the center of gravity and stiffen the suspension of your car. That’s about it for the main drift parts. If you want to make your car look like it’s straight from the movie “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift”, the you will need a body kit, big chrome wheels, neon lights and a big exhaust etc.
But remember folks and “wannabe” drifters, “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift” is just a movie and I don’t recommend you copy that driving style on the streets. Have fun buying a drift car and be safe.
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