Best Assetto Corsa Drift Car Guide

Joe Terrell
12/22/202022nd December, 2020
Filed under Gaming Guides

Assetto Corsa is arguably the best drifting simulator out there, but the in-game cars aren’t the best. We’ll be showing you how to find the ultimate drift cars from beginner to pro.

best assetto corsa drift car


Introduction

Assetto Corsa has repeatedly proven to be the ultimate simulator when it comes to virtual drifting.

Although some gamers will disagree, instead insisting that rFactor or Forza Horizon are superior, there’s a reason that so many professional drifters have chosen AC as their platform of choice for getting seat time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We thoroughly enjoy arcade-style drifting games, such as Forza Horizon for a chilled out evening in front of the TV.

However, there’s nothing quite like stepping into your sim rig, strapping on the completely unnecessary harnesses, pointlessly putting on your racing shoes, and sliding on your racing gloves.

When you’re unable to compete at events, or maybe you’re not even legally allowed to leave the house, sim racing provides the perfect opportunity to bring the race track into the comforts of your home.

Not only is Assetto Corsa the most realistic simulator out there, but it also has the most impressive online mod community.

Thankfully, this means you’ll be able to drive just about every car you’ve ever dreamed of at just about every worthwhile drift location in the world.

Want to throw Naoki Nakamura’s PS13, or Daigo Saito’s JZX100 over the jump at Ebisu Minami with no consequences? AC has got you covered.

Whether you want to explore the ultimate racetracks, such as Meihan or Nikko, or head to the retired, much-loved Forza Motorsport track, Fujimi Kaido, anything is possible.


Assetto Corsa on PC/Windows vs Xbox/PlayStation

For those of you hoping to enjoy the best of what Assetto Corsa has to offer on the Xbox or PlayStation consoles, we’re afraid you’re likely to be left disappointed.

Since there’s no way of installing mods onto consoles, you’re going to struggle to even scrape the surface with achieving Assetto Corsa’s true potential unless you’re willing to move over to the PC platform.

Although it may be disappointing to some, PC gaming is superior in just about every way, so once you’ve taken the initial plunge, it’ll undoubtedly be worthwhile in the long run.

The Ultimate VR Sim Drifting Experience

To experience the very best of what Assetto Corsa has to offer, you’ll want to invest in a Virtual Reality (VR) headset, which will provide the closest thing you’re able to achieve to the real experience.

For those of you who are yet to dive into the VR realm, we promise that it’s an absolute gamechanger.

Check out this video to see what VR has to offer when it comes to drifting in Assetto Corsa:

Our recommended headsets for VR gaming are the Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, and the ultimate choice - the Oculus Quest 2.

VR provides a true testament to just how far PC simulator gaming progressed over the years, and it’s mind-blowing once you experience it in person.


Assetto Corsa PC System Requirements

As we mentioned in our introduction, we ONLY recommend playing Assetto Corsa on the PC/Windows platform due to the lack of modification support on the Xbox/PlayStation consoles.

Thankfully, the specs required aren’t too extreme, so your family PC may well be up to the task already. However, should you need to upgrade, you’ll want to check out our GPU guide .

Although you’ll be able to run the game on the minimum specs comfortably, you won’t be able to achieve the ultra HD effects that you’re likely to see from the popular YouTube videos.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, 8, 8.1, 10
  • Processor: AMD Athlon X2 2.8 GHZ, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 10.1 (e.g. AMD Radeon HD 6450, Nvidia GeForce GT 460)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 15 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Integrated

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, 8, 8.1, 10
  • Processor: AMD Six-Core CPU, Intel Quad-Core CPU
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 11 (e.g. AMD Radeon 290x, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 30 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Integrated

What is Assetto Corsa?

Assetto Corsa provides the ultimate simulator gaming experience for those of you looking to learn how to throw your car down sideways without the inconveniences that come with real-world drifting.

Thankfully, with a sim rig, you won’t have to deal with repairing your drift car every weekend or the associated time and expense that come along with it.

Here’s the official Steam description for Assetto Corsa:

Assetto Corsa features an advanced DirectX 11 graphics engine that recreates an immersive environment, dynamic lighting, and realistic materials and surfaces. The advanced physics engine is being designed to provide a very realistic driving experience, including features and aspects of real cars, never seen on any other racing simulator such as tyre flat spots, heat cycles including graining and blistering, very advanced aerodynamic simulation with active movable aerodynamics parts controlled in real time by telemetry input channels, hybrid systems with kers and energy recovery simulation. Extremely detailed with single player and multiplayer options, exclusive licensed cars reproduced with the best accuracy possible, thanks to the official cooperation of Car Manufacturers”.

ASSETTO CORSA has been developed at the KUNOS Simulazioni R&D office, located just inside the international racing circuit of Vallelunga, allowing the team to develop the game with the co-operation of real-world racing drivers and racing teams”.


Drifting in Assetto Corsa - Getting Started

Once you’ve got AC installed on your PC, you’re ready to dive into the immersive world of Assetto Corsa mods as you prepare to find the ultimate drift car.

But, before you get ahead of yourself and end up punching the wheel out of frustration when you realize that sim gaming is a little harder than you anticipated initially, we recommend getting to grips with the basics.

Although sim drifting is incredibly realistic, the most significant difference is missing the ‘feel’ of what the car is doing for those transitioning from a real drift car.

Without feeling the traction to the road, or the weight transfer through the corners, it may be a struggle initially to adapt to using the cockpit view, but persistence pays off, and once you’ve put in a few hours, it’ll all begin to make sense.

Learning to Drift

If you’re entirely new to drifting, then you’re going to learn the basics of drifting before you begin hunting down the best drift cars in the game.

Although we understand it’s not possible for everyone, we do highly recommend purchasing even a basic wheel and pedal setup.

Two of the popular budget options are the Logitech G920 or the Thrustmaster TMX.

If you’re looking to go for something better, then the Thrustmaster T300 along with their e-brake and shifter is a fantastic choice.

When it comes to getting behind the wheel, our advice would be to keep things as simple as possible and begin with a low-powered rear-wheel-drive car, such as the Assetto Corsa in-game ‘BMW M3 E30 Drift’ setup to learn the basics.

Here’s an excellent tutorial to get you started:

If you prefer reading, rather than watching videos, our How to Drift article will guide you through each step of the process, explaining the basics, before moving onto various advanced techniques.

It can be easy to want to hop into the most advanced drift cars right away, but we can assure you that it’ll end with frustration unless you’ve already mastered the basics.

Even if you’re a pro in the real world, you’re still going to want to adapt to sim racing, and starting from the ground-up will provide the perfect opportunity to prove you’ve learned how the virtual cars handle.

Installing the Necessary Mods

Before we start installing the best cars in the game, you’ll need to check out this incredible spreadsheet from Assettocorsadrifting.com.

You’ll want to bookmark this right away, as it’s going to be the most valuable asset you’ll have when it comes to finding any mods imaginable when it comes to drifting in Assetto Corsa.

Head to the ‘Guide’ tab, and make sure you check out the various links within the ‘First things you need to do’ section.

You’ll need to install the following:

There are also additional guides in Section 1 for advanced hardware and wheel setups.

If you’re keen to learn even more about the art of drifting, then there’s plenty of awesome content in sections ‘2 – Learn to drift’ and ‘3 – Advanced stuff’ to keep you busy.

Importing Car Mods into Assetto Corsa

Content Manager is the most convenient way to import cars and other mods into the game, and they’ve done a fantastic job with creating it.

They request donations for the full version, but you’re able to donate whatever you want, and we feel they’ve earned it with this brilliant tool.

However, there’s also the option to do it manually if you prefer.

This useful guide will walk you through the process, but we’ve also written it out below for those that prefer to read the instructions.

  • Locate the installation folder for Assetto Corsa, which is likely to be along the lines of C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\assettocorsa
  • Within this folder, navigate to the “content” folder. Any add-on mod content you download will be going in here. Car mods go in the ‘Cars’ folder, and tracks go into the ‘Tracks’ folder, etc. We recommend frequently backing up your content in here just in case you run into any issues further down the lines
  • Assuming your installation folder is as above, you’ll want to drop the folder for your downloaded car(s) into the following location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\assettocorsa\content\cars
  • Once loaded, you’ll be ready to enjoy your new whip(s). If the car(s) are not showing up initially, then try restarting the game. If that still doesn’t work, check to make sure you’ve placed the files into the correct folder.

If you’re still stuck, then most car mods will include a readme.txt file, and if you open that, it’ll often provide additional instructions.

There are plenty of useful Reddit posts and YouTube tutorials to walk you through any issues you might encounter. It’s a straightforward process once you get the hang of it.


Best Assetto Corsa Drift Cars

If you’re new to drifting or Assetto Corsa, we don’t recommend diving in at the deep-end by installing the best drift cars right away.

We’re hoping by now you’ve already gained plenty of sim-drifting knowledge and also had plenty of seat-time in a low-powered drift setup to get to grips with how the cars handle in Assetto Corsa. If not, we’ve covered everything to get you started in the above sections.

Now that we’ve also shown you how you can import cars and various other mods into the game, it’s time to look at the ultimate drift cars for you to choose from in Assetto Corsa.

We’ll start by stating that there’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution for finding the perfect drift car in AC. We all have different styles and levels of experience.

Although one car might feel perfect to a pro drifter, those of you that are just getting started with drifting will most probably find yourself spinning out in every corner.

Practice certainly pays off when it comes to AC, and although it can feel frustrating to start with, it’s well worth the reward once you’ve mastered it.

Many drifters have begun their careers with Assetto, and they were capable of comfortably drifting as soon as they got behind the wheel of a real-world drift car.

Best Assetto Corsa Beginner Car Packs

Although many experienced drivers in Assetto Corsa wouldn’t typically go for these packs, we’ve found them to be a great introduction to transitioning to higher-powered cars within the game. However, they’re a little more ‘arcade-style’ than the more serious cars.

They’re easy to handle and consistent since they mostly share the same setup. The positive of this is you’ll feel like you’ve mastered the game pretty quickly as you’ll soon be banging into your buddy’s door on the online lobbies.

DTP Car Pack

dtp car pack

Official Facebook page

Download here

Preview:

Cars:

  • BMW 1M
  • BMW 1M No Hood
  • BMW E92 Liberty Walk
  • Dodge Challenger SRT8
  • Mazda RX7 FC 13B
  • Mazda RX7 FC LS7 Turbo
  • Mazda RX7 FD3S RB
  • Mazda RX7 GLS
  • Nissan 350Z Rocket Bunny
  • Nissan 370Z Pandem
  • Nissan R32 GT-RB
  • Nissan R35 GT-RB
  • Nissan Silvia S13 Missile
  • Nissan Silvia S13 Missile Streetcar
  • Nissan Silvia S13.4
  • Nissan Silvia S14 Zenki 326
  • Nissan Silvia S14 Zenki Missile
  • Nissan Skyline HCR32
  • Toyota AE86 Trueno Street
  • Toyota Aristo
  • Toyota GT86 V8
  • Toyota GT86 V8 No Hood
  • Toyota JZX100 Mark2
  • Toyota JZX110 Mark2
  • Toyota Supra 2JZ

Tando Buddies Car Pack

tando buddies car pack

Download links: Original packUnofficial refresh v2.0

Preview:

Cars:

  • Nissan 180SX
  • BMW 328i
  • Nissan 350Z Rocket Bunny
  • Toyota Cresta
  • Toyota JZX100
  • Nissan Laurel
  • Nissan S14
  • Nissan S14 Zenki Stock Hood
  • Nissan S15 Spec-R
  • Nissan Z32

Best Assetto Corsa Intermediate/Advanced Drift Car Packs

Once you feel you’ve mastered what the DTP and Tando Buddies car packs have to offer, you’re likely to want more of a challenge, which is where these packs are going to provide the perfect opportunities for progression.

If you get good enough to consider competing in the various online sim racing leagues, then these are the kind of cars you’re going to want to learn to master.

Although there’s a huge selection of cars out there to choose from, we recommend settling for your ideal/dream drift car and then learning how to master it.

DCGP 2021 Car Pack

dcgp 2021 car pack

Official Facebook page

Download here

Preview:

Cars:

  • BMW E36
  • BMW E92 Eurofighter
  • BMW F82 Predator
  • Ford Mustang
  • Mazda RX7 FD
  • Missan 180SX
  • Nissan 370Z
  • Nissan Silvia S15
  • Toyota GT86
  • Toyota Supra

World Drift Tour (WDT) Car Pack

wdt world drift tour car pack

Official Website

Download here

Preview:

Cars:

  • BMW M2
  • Corvette C6
  • Nissan 180SX
  • Nissan Silvia S15
  • Nissan Skyline R34
  • Toyota GT86
  • Toyota Supra A80

World Drift Tour Street (WDTS) Car Pack

wdt world drift tour street car pack

Official Website

Download here

Preview:

Cars:

  • Nissan 180SX
  • Nissan Laurel C33
  • Nissan Silvia S13
  • Nissan Silvia S14
  • Nissan Silvia S15
  • Nissan Skyline HR34
  • Nissan Skyline R32
  • Toyota AE86
  • Toyota Cresta
  • Toyota Mark II JZX90

Virtual Drift Championship (VDC) Public Car Pack 2.0

vdc virtual drift championship battle tandem drift train

Official Facebook page

Download here

Preview:

Cars:

  • VDC BMW F22 M2 Eurofighter Public 2.0
  • VDC Chevrolet Corvette C6 Public 2.0
  • VDC Mazda RX-7 FD3S 20B Public 2.0
  • VDC Nissan GT-R DAMD Public 2.0
  • VDC Nissan Silvia PS13 Public 2.0
  • VDC Nissan Silvia RPS13 Public 2.0
  • VDC Toyota Supra A90 Public 2.0

Drift Workshop (DW) Street Car Pack

dw drift workshop street car pack

Official Website

Download Part 1 (Nissan) hereDownload Part 2 (Toyota, Mazda, Ford) here

Preview:

Cars:

  • Nissan 180SX Type-X
  • Nissan Sileighty
  • Nissan Silvia S13
  • Nissan Silvia S15
  • Nissan Laurel C33
  • Nissan Skyline R32
  • Nissan Skyline R34
  • Toyota AE86
  • Toyota Mark II JZX90
  • Toyota Chaser JZX100
  • Toyota Cresta JZX100
  • Toyota Supra MKIV
  • Mazda RX-7 FD
  • Ford Mustang Fox Body

Street Heroes Car Pack

street heroes car pack

Official Facebook page

Download here

Preview:

Cars:

  • Street Heroes Nissan 180SX RPS13 ’96 N/A
  • Street Heroes Nissan 180SX RPS13 Spec ’90
  • Street Heroes Nissan 180SX RPS13 Spec ’90 s1
  • Street Heroes Nissan 180SX RPS13 Spec ’90 s2
  • Street Heroes Nissan 180SX S13 ’96 N/A No Hood
  • Street Heroes Nissan 180SX RPS13 GP Sports S1
  • Street Heroes Nissan SILVIA spec-R (S15) Street
  • Street Heroes Nissan SILVIA spec-R (S15) Street S1
  • Street Heroes Nissan SILVIA spec-R (S15) Street S2
  • Street Heroes Nissan SILVIA spec-S (S15) Bakatina
  • Street Heroes Nissan SILVIA spec-S (S15) Bakatina S1
  • Street Heroes Nissan SILVIA spec-S (S15) Bakatina S2
  • Street Heroes Nissan SKYLINE GT Sedan (HR34)
  • Street Heroes Nissan SKYLINE URAS Street (ER34)
  • Street Heroes Nissan SKYLINE URAS Type-GT (ER34)
  • Street Heroes 日産 シルビア 246 Club (S15) ’07

Clutch Gang Street Car Pack

clutch gang street car pack

Download here

Preview:

Cars:

  • Nissan 350Z
  • Toyota AE86
  • Toyota AE86 Hatch
  • Mazda RX7 FD
  • Toyota GT86
  • Lexus IS300
  • Nissan 180SX
  • Nissan Onevia
  • Nissan Skyline R32
  • Nissan S13 Basher
  • Nissan S13 Missile
  • Nissan S14 Missile
  • Lexus SC300
  • Nissan Sil80
  • Mazda Miata
  • BMW E36

Conclusion

We’ve provided a comprehensive list of drift cars that’ll undoubtedly provide the perfect solution for your drifting needs, no matter what your skill level.

We highly recommend getting started with the beginner cars before considering moving on to one of the various ‘Street’ setups, which will provide a familiar-middle ground.

Once you’ve adapted to those, you’ll be capable of stepping into the crazier pro-spec cars that will be waiting to test your limits.

We’ve got no doubt that these cars are going to provide countless hours of fun, and we thank the entire Assetto Corsa modding community for all of their incredible contributions.

If you’ve got a pack that you feel should be featured in this guide, feel free to drop us a line.

For those evenings where you don’t fancy serious sim racing, then Forza Horizon 4 provides the perfect opportunity to chill and have some fun in the British countryside.

We’ve also written guides to get you started by finding the best drift car, along with a base drift tune, and we’ll then show you how to refine it to perfection.

So, there we have it! We hope that we’ve covered everything you could want to know about finding the best drift cars for Assetto Corsa in this guide.

Thank you for reading our Best Assetto Corsa Drift Car guide.

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author avatar Written by Joe Terrell Drifted.com founder, motoring journalist and all-round car enthusiast. Read more about Joe and the Drifted team on our about us page.

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