Forza Motorsport: How to Drift

Here's how to effectively drift in Forza Motorsport.

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Drifting is a driving subculture dedicated to beauty over peak performance. When broken down to the molecular level, it is the act of intentionally losing traction and oversteering when going into a corner as opposed to nailing its apex and speeding through it. In layman’s terms, drifting is a word to describe the act of sliding through a corner while maintaining control. Currently, Forza Motorsport doesn’t currently have a dedicated drift mode, though developer Turn 10 Studios has insinuated that they will be adding it in the future. However, there are ways for players to build a car with the purpose of drifting in the meantime. Here’s how to drift in Forza Motorsport.

How to Drift in Forza Motorsport

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As mentioned in the intro, drifting is when you deliberately lose traction going into a corner and slide through it. In order to do this efficiently, you’ll need the right car. Ideally, the kind of car you’re looking for in order to drift through corners is one with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a front engine. Good examples of such include:

  • 2023 Nissan Z
  • 2002 BMW M3-GTR
  • 2009 Honda S2000 CR
  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT

Avoid any dedicated race cars as they are typically very grippy in the corners.

Choosing a car isn’t the only thing important to drifting as your car build will also be important. Upon choosing your car, it’s recommended you fit it with the following upgrades and modifications:

  • A drift suspension, found in Spring and Dampers
  • Front and rear anti-roll bars
  • Race brakes
  • Race weight reduction

By the time you’ve applied your upgrades, your car should ideally have a horsepower rating and torque rating that are similar. In order to get some of these upgrades, your car will have to improve in level. On most cars, the weight reduction upgrade is unlocked at level 20. So be sure to get it to at least that point before applying the upgrades.

When you’re finally on track, it’s also best to turn off or reduce some assists should you have any on. Otherwise, the game will autocorrect each turn for you and try to counteract any kind of grip loss through the corners. So before you actually try to start drifting, ensure these settings are applied in the Assists menu:

  • Turn ABS on
  • Change Steering to Normal
  • Turn off Traction Control
  • Turn off Stability Control
  • Change Shifting to Manual

These are the basics when it comes to drifting in Forza Motorsport. If cruising around is more your preference, check out our guide on whether Forza Motorsport has a Free Roam mode or any of our other comprehensive Forza Motorsport guides.

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