Top 5 Tips on Drifting Remote Control Cars

Top 5 Tips on Drifting Remote Control Cars

Tips, hints and advice on how to drift like a pro

Top 5 Tips on Drifting Remote Control Cars

Want to know how to drift like a pro?

Are you the last among your friends to learn how to drift?

Do you want to be the first?

Learning how to drift is something every RC car owner should learn, it’s like riding your bike without training wheels, once you know how, you will never forget.



Getting started and buying the right gear can be the easy part. I bought my first remote control car thinking I could make it drift easily, I was wrong. I learned the valuable lesson that every RC enthusiast should learn, buy local from someone with real knowledge. Once I was sorted with the correct gear it was time to learn how to make it work, the way it’s supposed to. So here are 5 tips to get you up to speed and a head start on your mates. Getting it to drift is the easy bit, controlling it might take a little of your patience.


Moving It Sideways

Tip #1

Get everything that you need.

This is where having a good hobby shop you can go and talk to can help you. If you are in Rockhampton, Queensland then you are more than welcome to come and chat with me (Rory) on what your best options are, and what you will need to get started. Your local hobby shop will have everything you need and the people working there will have the knowledge and experience to tell you about the products that work best.

RC drift cars

choose your drifter wisely!

First you want to get yourself a drift-friendly car. When I say drift-friendly, I mean the battery powered RC cars. If you already have a fueled remote control car, you can still use it but you need to create extra holes for better machine ventilation. You DO NOT want to overheat it.


Tip #2

Choose better tires.


Smooth tires for remote control cars!

A reliable tire system that help you to have seamless drifting performance. In case you’re only upgrading a regular remote control car, purchasing smooth tires is a great starting point.


Tip #3

Choose floors with less friction

Burn baby Burn!

RC car practice track for RC car drifting

Drifting is when you drive your car to slide sideways. Therefore, it should be common sense to locate a smooth, friction free ground. If you could not find one in your local area, again speak with your hobby shop, they should know. Failing that, you can create an indoor drifting race track yourself, a tiled floor or a laminate should be a good starting point. Remember that in drifting, the surface where you drift your cars on, can make or break your car’s performance.


Tip #4

Build up speed before you attempt to make a drift

Speed is the key

Steering and throttle, steering and throttle!

The amount of speed you give just before you drift is one factor to make a drift attempt successful. Build up speed and try to throttle it out sideways with your control.

Turn the car steering into lock and throttle it while you observe how your car behaves as it drifts. Remember that each model has a unique drifting behavior, so it’s best to know yours.

You can do this practice as many times as you want until you’re comfortable with how your car drifts. You can also combine throttle and steering gradually until you get the right combination. It’s all about balance.


Tip #5

Practice makes perfect

I cannot count the number of people who said that drifting is easy when they began doing it. Drifting basics are doable by a lot of beginners but making it look awesome is another story.

Drifting is not about who will finish the race first but it’s generally about, ‘who’s got the attitude’. Throwing out those badass moves, and who can show off like no other! So if you’re a drifting amateur, make sure to practice as often as you can. And remember, get the right advice and gear from your local hobby shop.

Rory's RC Hobby Shop

Don’t forget Rory has all your RC needs covered, shop online, call or drop by for a chat, if you are in Rockhampton, Queensland

The local RC drifting group meets Friday nights in the local school carpark from 6.30pm.



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