What is a remote control drift car?
Drifting is a sport on a 1/10th scale for remote control car enthusiasts. In other words, to drift, you need to be equipped with a car that is 10 times smaller than the real model from which it is inspired. This is the size commonly seen on competition racetracks. A duel between two drivers takes place where the trajectory, speed and, above all, the angle of drifting is important. The two remote-controlled drift cars are the stars of the competition. Speed is essential and the sport models are superb with their ultra-low to the ground position, their spoilers and smooth tyres enhancing their appearance.
Drifting is mainly done on asphalt, wooden floor or tiles, and of course concrete. A flat surface is required without stones to allow the ultimate glide.
Other technical criteria distinguish drifting from other remote-controlled cars. First of all these vehicles are exclusively electric. The reason for this is simply because even though you rev the engine quickly, a combustion engine needs speed to cool down. The performance of an electric motor is often better for sliding and, as drifting often takes place in a closed area, the use of a fuel-powered remote control car indoors is prohibited.
It goes without saying that the choice of tyres is crucial. With a relatively light vehicle, rubber tyres will not help you to glide like in real life. The average drift car weighs 1.5kg. The movement would be too quick and the goal is to achieve an authentic experience. Favour plastic or smooth rubber tyres and there are a multitude of them that have been developed to improve the driver's performance. Finally, choose a rear-wheel drive chassis and think about the characteristics of the differential (for managing the speed of rotation of the wheels). These are the two major factors in the handling of your remote control car.
Which drift car model should I choose?
In view of all these elements, it can be quite difficult to remain completely objective when choosing a remote control drift car model. Different manufacturers specialise in this field and have developed excellent products. This is the case for BMW, which has a wide range of products for both beginners and the more experienced, from the relatively affordable E36 to the E46. Competitor Mercedes is just as exciting, but comes at a higher price. As for the Japanese brands, it is difficult not to recommend them. Drifting started in Japan with the Bosozoku motorists cultivating this type of driving in the streets. Three models stand out (and have become legendary), including the Toyota Supra MK4, popularised in video games and films. The Nissan 240SX and the Toyota Sprinter Trueno, featured in the manga "Initial D". These are some suggestions, but remember the design is a matter of taste and performance is paramount.