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Top 10 Drift Cars

Updated on May 12, 2012

What's going on drift/JDM lovers?

There's some major dispute around what the best drift car is, particularly among those concerned with engines and drivetrain. However, with the assistance of the photography I nabbed from a recent drift event I'm gonna judge my favourites based on the visual impact they had. That's angle, style and of course: smoke. I'll also try to describe the firework display-sounds these cars' exhausts were kicking out - The more deafening the better.

Alrighty then, here're my top ten best drift cars!

#10: Nissan Silvia S14

The Nissan Silvia S14 was a decent looking machine whipping round the corners sideways, but in this competition its power wasn't enough to keep it committed in the corners which led to the occasional moment of understeer as if the car was reluctant to slide. Still, as the photos reveal this was a sweet looking drift car indeed. Sound wise, the Silvia was a little underpowered relative to its competitors and so didn't pack much of a punch in the eardrum either. On the visuals side the car had tasteful body mods but other than the Japanese graphics there wasn't too much to behold. A commendable effort.

#9: Nissan Silvia Sileighty (S13 + 180SX)

You can't deny how good looking the Nissan Silvia S13 is, particularly the pop-up headlight model. These 'baby Skylines' pack a massive track presence kicking out just under 400BHP here with a proud exhaust roar to show for it. Oh, and maybe you'll be surprised to know that the driver in the top and bottom pictured car is 14 years old. Shocked?

#8: ...BMW M3!

Now there's a surprise! The only Euro car on the track and the only one in my top ten, but boy could this guy drift! The BMW M3 had been hand crafted to go against everything the factory had set it up not to do i.e. skid! This car screamed, yet looked so refined. If it weren't for the growl, would you even look twice if you saw this on the street? A genuine street sleeper.

#7: Nissan Skyline R33 + R32

Yes, that Skyline R32 was in the process of spinning out, but look at that steering angle! Pretty rad. Anyhow, these Skylines were absolute demons on the track, managing to weave the entire course together like a christmas jumper. And with a pink paintjob on the Skyline R33 to boot you couldn't really ask for more. But you got more. This badboy kissed the wall on virtually every corner. Cue marshalls frantically pinning up sponsors banners over and over.

#6: Mazda RX7 V8

Hm. This was a funny one. I'm sure the idea of ripping the rotary out of the FD made a few of you rage your ass of just now, and for good reason. This Mazda RX7 just seemed a little soulless. Sure, it screamed, but it looked like it just had way too much power for it's own good. Look at the pictures even, in three different drift tandems the RX7 looks virtually identical. And no smoke to boot. Given, it was impressive, but you just couldn't compare it to its rotary alternative.

#5: Nissan Silvia S13

Yeah yeah yeah, Nissan Silvia fanboy. Well start to love them too because there's more to come! Anyhow, with regards to drift styling it's all about crazy colours and chibi graphics of dinosaurs and pink missilies! Dulux loves this car and so do I. Look at that smoke! This Silvia S13 looked like a lollipop and sounded like Godzilla. Hells yes.

#4: Toyota Supra

Good grief this car was epic. The Toyota Supra just kept grabbing the perfect drifting line over and over leaving the crowd under a blanket of rubber particles. Drift initiations were started pretty much straight out of the gate! That 2JZ was spewing out some serious ponies.

#3: Rocket Bunny Nissan Silvia S13

The internet famous Silvia S13 Rocket Bunny is something else. It's a combination of that bodykit, the smoke and the driver's skill that makes this car such a showstopper. Part of the jaw-drop is just seeing the Rocket Bunny in the flesh after the hype, and boy does it live up to it.

#2: Toyota Chaser

This car is ridiculous. Look at the size of it! It's like drifting the Titanic! Toyota Chasers are some of the coolest cars to go sideways just because it looks so wrong, yet seems so natural. They look like one of the beefcake ships off F Zero X or something, just check out those aerodynamics! Man I love me some Chasers.

#1: Nissan Silvia S15

Real Cars Too Expensive? Try RC Drifting.

'Nuff Said.


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      TheCamberedSkateboard 2 years ago

      Dude good ideas

      Fo dat


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      YOO 3 years ago

      WHERE DAT 86 @????

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      Avinesh Prahladi 4 years ago from Chandigarh

      These are some of the dream beauties for drifting. I would love to own one. Thanks for such an interesting hub.

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      Denis 6 years ago

      Toyota twin cam is war you want

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      Car Tuning and Styling 7 years ago

      Excellent photos!! Would have loved to be able to attend that event myself.

      I attend Santapod every year and I can honestly say the cult of the Japanese car has taken over the UK tuning scene every way.

      Looking forward to reading more.