Best RC Drift Car Guide For 2021

Joe Terrell
07/03/20203rd July, 2020
Filed under Car Guides

Are you eager to get into drifting, but your bank balance is holding you back? RC drift cars present the perfect opportunity to get your drifting fix on a budget.

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In a hurry? Here is our RC Drift Car summary

Ready-to-Run Choice RC Drift Car Kit Choice RC Drift Car Chassis Choice
HSP FlyingFish Nissan Skyline GT-R RC Drift Car Tamiya TT-02D Hobbypower Alloy & Carbon RWD Drift Racing Chassis
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As much as we love real-life drifting, we’re never going to deny that it’s an expensive hobby.

Not only do you have to worry about maintenance and repairs on your drift car, but tires and fuel need to be a serious consideration, too.

That’s before you’ve even considered the endless list of upgrades and modifications that you want to do to make the car competitive.

Once you’ve built the car of your dreams, you then need to consider the costs of getting to and from events, then when it gets more serious, the cost of racing equipment.

Although drifting is one of the most insanely exciting hobbies on the planet, unfortunately, it comes with a never-ending cost.

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These disadvantages have birthed the concept of VR sim racing and free online drifting games, with enthusiasts building increasingly impressive drifting sim rigs so that they can get their precious seat time at a fraction of the price.

Not only is this extremely useful for training, but it also comes at a fraction of the price and inconvenience that comes with running a real car.

But, what if you’re still craving the physical art-form of drifting?

Sure, gaming might tick the right boxes for some of you, but there’s always something incredibly exciting about the feeling of controlling a physical drift car, whether it’s full-sized, or in miniature scale. This is where RC drifting becomes the perfect solution.

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Not only do you get to learn the basics of car control, gaining knowledge in areas like counter-steering alongside an understanding of weight shift and braking under load, but also it’s hugely entertaining in the process.

If you’re just getting started with RC drifting, our How to Drift guide will be a fantastic place to start, as it’ll give you a much deeper understanding of what the car is doing and how it’s reacting to the various inputs which allow you to master the art of drifting.

Once you’ve got to grips with the basics, you’ll want to decide which RC drift car is best for your needs, so first, let us explain the various RC drift car variations on the market.


Ready-to-run vs kit vs chassis – the differences explained

As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve broken down this guide into three different categories to allow you to choose the perfect drift car for your needs, or maybe even the lucky person you’re buying for.

Ready-to-run RC drift cars

Ready-to-run is the most self-explanatory method when it comes to RC drift cars.

You buy the car that ticks the right boxes for your needs, have it conveniently sent to your door, remove the packaging, and immediately begin testing the boundaries once the batteries are installed and charged.

You can probably expect a few crashes to happen very shortly after!

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Ready-to-run kits are the easiest, most convenient, and often the cheapest method if you’re just getting started with RC drifting. We often think of these cars as an ideal entry to the sport.

The downside of ready-to-run kits is that if you happen to have a high-speed impact and something gets broken, you’re most probably going to be left having to replace the entire car.

Therefore, if you’re looking to get serious with your RC drift car right away, or you can see this potentially becoming a long-term hobby, we’d advise that you continue reading. You’ll thank us later.

RC drift car kits

With a kit, you would typically receive the car in many parts, which you then need to construct yourself, but don’t panic; it’s not as difficult as it sounds, as you’ll have clear instructions to guide you.

I’m sure many of you would be wondering why anyone would want to do this, so we’re going to explain the advantages of a kit.

With a ready-to-run car, the chances are that if you have a severe impact, you may end up breaking some of the parts on your vehicle.

In this situation, you’re most likely going to have to either cut your losses or return your car in the hope that it’s repairable, but the chances are that’s not very likely or cost-effective.

With a kit, not only do you get to enjoy the pleasure of building the car, which you could perhaps make a family affair, but you’ll also gain an excellent understanding of how the different components of the car work - this is the perfect introduction for an aspiring mechanic.

Not only do you gain an understanding of the car and have the enjoyment of the build process, but if you were to crash your RC drift car and break one, or more components, you can assess the damage and replace the spare part(s) necessary.

The ability to fix any damage is the main advantage of a kit; instead of buying a ready-to-run car.

Once your replacement parts turn up, you’ll now know how to replace them with your newfound knowledge from building the car, and you can then enjoy many more hours of worry-free drifting (assuming your abilities have improved since the crash, of course!)

Another advantage of buying a kit is that you’ll likely want superior upgrades as your skill levels progress.

Whether that’s an improved chassis, batteries, motor, or suspension, you name it; you can upgrade everything and build the RC drift car of your dreams without having to buy EVERY part each time like you would with a ready-to-run car.

For the RC drift car enthusiast, this can make for great Birthday and Christmas present opportunities.

Are you looking to upgrade your suspension? No worries, Grandma’s got you covered this year!

We always recommend that you carefully look into the possibility that a kit may need additional components. Most kits don’t come with all of the required electrical components, as an example.

RC drift car chassis

Kits and Chassis are typically very similar. The main times that we would consider buying the bare-bones chassis rather than a kit is if we couldn’t find the perfect body shell.

Sometimes, it perhaps works out cheaper to buy a chassis and a shell separately, but otherwise, we would consider opting for a kit and then keeping the shell as a spare for practicing.

Now that you’ve read our explanation of the different variations, you’re clued-up when it comes to purchasing the perfect RC drift car package for your needs, so let’s take a look at the best RC drift cars on the market!


Ready-to-run RC drift cars

Here is our selection of ready-to-run rc drift cars:

HSP FlyingFish Nissan Skyline GT-R RC Drift Car

Our comment: If you’re looking for a bargain, then you’re going to struggle to get more for your money than the HSP FlyingFish.

With the newly upgraded RC 540 motor, this provides impressive performance and enables speeds of over 35km/h out of the box.

If you’re looking to go even faster (which isn’t necessary for learning the basics of drifting), then make sure you take a look at the higher-spec brushless version, which is capable of an incredible 60km/h!

Although this is far cheaper than the HPI equivalents above, the materials are known for being a little more fragile. However, spares are easily sourced online.

The HSP FlyingFish is a genuine bargain, and a fantastic entry to RC drifting for the money.

Manufacturer description:You can now get your own serious RC Hobby Drift Car at an amazing price. Straight out of the box this RC car is very competitive while the fully adjustable suspension lets you fine tune to each track spec. Mash the throttle and the new RC 540 screams into life with a massive 22% more power and 9% lighter chassis, this new RC model is seriously competitive. You will truly be astonished with the quality of this RC Drift Car for the price you are paying. Everyone will want one.

This latest version has a even lower centre of gravity and coupled to 4 wheel shaft drive and the latest Driftech Low profile drift tires makes 4 wheel drifts easier than ever. Comes with everything except the 8 AA batteries for the transmitter.

Features

  • 100% Ready To Run
  • 4 Wheel Drive
  • Shaft Drive
  • Front and Rear Ball Raced Differentials
  • High Discharge 2000mAh 7.2 V NiMh Battery and Charger
  • Upgraded RC 540 Race Motor
  • Light Weight Alloy Drive Shaft
  • Light Weight Aluminium Alloy High Intensity Upper Plate
  • Front and Rear Differentials with Bevel Gears
  • Full 4 Wheel A-Arm 100% independent Adjustable Suspension
  • Aluminium Cap Oil Filled Adjustable Shock Absorbers
  • Adjustable Height
  • Adjustable Camber
  • Adjustable tilt angle
  • New Even Lighter Smaller Front and Gear Boxes
  • HSP Driftech Low Profile Tyres
  • 3 Way Electronic Speed Controller with Brake and Reverse
  • Factory Installed Servo Saver
  • 2 Channel Pistol Grip Radio Factory Installed

Redcat Racing EPX Drift Car

  • Manufacturer: Redcat Racing
  • Suitable for: 14 years and up
  • Configuration: 4WD
  • Scale ratio: 1/10th
  • Value for money 🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Purchase link: Redcat Racing EPX Drift Car

Our comment: Redcat Racing is coming through with another ready-to-run bargain!

The Redcat Racing cars are a similar design to the HSP kit above, but we’re not quite as keen on either of the body-type variations, and we also preferred the various options available from HSP.

However, don’t let that put you off, as the cars are very similar in performance, and this is even cheaper than either HSP model.

Redcat doesn’t supply some of the necessary tools for basic adjustments (such as a wheel hex tool) with this product, so we would consider having to spend a little extra money on top if you’re looking to tweak and get the most out of the product.

All-in-all, this is an excellent value for money, entry-level setup, for those getting started with RC drifting. However, we’d personally opt for paying a little extra for the HSP if we were putting the two head-to-head.

Manufacturer description:Whether you like driving forward or sideways, the Lightning EPX Drift is ready to deliver. Drifting is a style of driving where the line between control and chaos is continually challenged, so dependability and precision are necessary. The combination of 27T 540 brushed motor and drift specific RC tires allow the Lightning EPX Drift to slide effortlessly around corners, while maintaining a steady forward momentum.

Its lightweight plastic chassis allows for quick drift recovery and almost effortless changes in direction. A forward and reverse ESC allow the Lightning EPX Drift to back out of trouble while the 2.4GHz radio system provides reliable control for maneuvering multiple corners in a matter of seconds. The Lightning EPX Drift’s aluminum capped oil filled shocks with selectable mounting positions, tunable 4-wheel independent suspension, adjustable ride height, adjustable toe angle, and adjustable camber angle allow drivers to tune for any track and driving style.

Features

  • 1/10 scale drift car
  • Scale drift tires
  • 5-Star rims
  • Independent suspension
  • Lightweight plastic chassis w/ aluminum top plate
  • Oil filled shocks
  • Bearings throughout
  • Tunable suspension
  • Adjustable ride height
  • Adjustable toe angle
  • Adjustable camber angle
  • Tunable shocks
  • Selectable shock positions
  • Shaft-driven 4 Wheel drive
  • 19T RC540 Brushed Electric Motor
  • 40a Waterproof ESC
  • Powerful steering servo
  • 2.4GHz radio

Redcat Racing Thunder Drift Car

redcat racing orange thunder

Our comment: The Thunder Drift from Redcat Racing is very similar to their EPX drift car above, except this car comes with the superior belt-driven method for improved performance.

It’s improved belt-driven system helps all four wheels move at the same time rather than the lag which you can experience from the cheaper shaft-driven system, and is usually only found in the premium RC cars.

Owners have pointed out that the belts have sometimes arrived loose and required tightening, which is an easy fix that improved the performance dramatically.

The Thunder Drift is an insane value for money belt-driven drift car, and although we prefer the quality of the HPI products, there’s no questioning that this is a real bargain in comparison.

Manufacturer description:Welcome to a whole new level of drifting with the 4WD belt driven, high performance Thunder Drift! Quality drifting requires precision driving to consistently challenge the line between control and chaos. A combination of brushed motor and special RC drift tires allow the Thunder Drift to slide effortlessly around corners, while the high performance belt drive system provides an edge over the typical drifter.

Say goodbye to gear slop with the Thunder Drift’s high performance belt drive system. Fully adjustable for ultra smooth acceleration, the Thunder Drift is ready to drift circles around the competition. Blue anodized aluminum threaded body oil filled shocks allow for quick ride height adjustments. Easily direct more weight to a single wheel for precise tuning. Shock dampening can be tuned by adding different weight oils inside the shocks, or by swapping out the pistons. The Thunder Drift’s fully tunable 4 wheel independent suspension allows the driver to adjust toe angle and camber, with the turn of a wrench, to achieve the drifting setup you like.

Features

  • 1/10 scale drift car
  • 4 wheel drive
  • Belt driven for smooth power transfer
  • Independent suspension
  • Lightweight plastic chassis
  • Aluminum threaded body oil filled shocks
  • Bearings throughout
  • Tunable suspension
  • Adjustable ride height
  • Tunable shocks
  • Adjustable camber angle
  • Multiple shock mounting positions
  • Adjustable belt tension.
  • 22T RC540 Brushed electric motor
  • Waterproof 40A ESC
  • Responsive steering servo
  • 2.4GHz radio

Exceed RC Drift Star 350Z

exceed rc drift star electric 350z

  • Manufacturer: Exceed RC
  • Suitable for: 14 years and up
  • Configuration: 4WD
  • Scale ratio: 1/10th
  • Value for money 🔥🔥🔥
  • Purchase link: Exceed RC Drift Star 350Z

Our comment: The Exceed RC Drift Star 350Z drift car is a replica of the Nissan 350Z, and certainly looks to have been inspired by The Fast and the Furious.

Given that this has very similar specifications to the Redcat Racing EPX Drift Car, but features a brushless motor, making it the superior choice.

There’s no doubt that we prefer the look of the 350Z, so if this brushless drifter ticks the right boxes, then you really can’t go wrong.

Manufacturer description:The EXCEED RC Electric Drift Star model represents a new generation of 1/10 scale on road drift cars. This ready to run Drift Star car is electric powered and perfect for indoor or outdoor drifting.

Based on our popular and durable on road electric powered car, this drift version adds specially designed solid compound drift tires pre-mounted on high performance wheels. Combined with a powerful programmable 45amp brushelss esc and brushless motor, this Driftstar is capable of extreme drift angles and speed.

Features

  • The new KV 3300 Brushless motor provides reliable and consistent power for high performance drift driving
  • The 2.5mm lightweight chassis provides excellent performance and durability
  • Excellent differential system design provides quick access to the front or rear differential by removing only few screws. You can now access the front and rear differential for easy maintenance
  • New lightweight suspension arms deliver quick suspension response and reduce the critical sprung weight and overall weight of the car
  • High capacity battery provides long run times
  • The high quality 2.4Ghz transmitter and receiver work together to let you precisely control your car
  • Four wheel drive system
  • Excellent front/rear camber and toe-in setup
  • Anodized aluminum centre long drive shaft
  • Stable suspension arms and solid front/rear shock tower
  • Oil filled aluminum capped shocks
  • Precise steering fitting delivers quick response
  • Complete ball bearings for a smooth and an efficient drive
  • High performance anti-skid drift tires, chromes plated spoke rims and pre-mounted drift wheels

Liberty Imports Super Fast Drift King

Our comment: If you’re looking to purchase the first drift car for your younger son or daughter, then this bargain 1/24 scale GT-R replica drift car could be the perfect solution.

Not only is it great for kids, but it also makes a fantastic cheap present for a drift-mad friend, and will undoubtedly provide hours of entertainment!

If you’re looking for a small, cheap RC drift car that is surprisingly fast to play with at home, then this could be an ideal choice.

As well as having drift wheels, this ready-to-run car also comes with a spare set of wheels for fast grip racing.

Although this makes a perfect cheap gift, for the serious enthusiast, we would recommend spending a little more money on something more substantial that has the potential to be upgraded over time.

If the GT-R body style doesn’t take your fancy, there’s also the Bugatti Veyron ‘Red’ replica option listed above.

Manufacturer description:This AWD super car is all about drifting! Blazing fast and allows you to get your racing and drifting fix anywhere. It can drive forward and backward, steer left and right. 4 smooth tires are installed for amazing drifting action. Also includes 4 rubber tires for when you want more traction to grip those tough corners.

It performs U-shape drifts and 8-shape drifts with ease! Also features working headlights, backlights, sidelights, and comfortable remote controller with advanced wear-resistance tires.

Features

  • Ultra fast AWD drift car with speed up to 15 miles/hour.
  • Working headlights, backlights, side lights, as well as a blue underglow for serious players.
  • Adjustable front wheel alignment for advanced drifting.
  • The car is equipped with 4 smooth tires for drifting, and comes with 4 extra rubber tires & wheels (easily interchangeable) for speed racing.
  • The racing car is super fast, responsive, full function, and remote controlled.
  • You can freely control the speed & directions, and perform U-shape drifts or Figure 8 drifts with ease.
  • Also features pro steering (go forward and backward, turn left and right).

GoolRC WLtoys K989 High Speed RC Race Car Drift Car

Our comment: If you’re keen on the smaller style cars above, but you fancy something a little more impressive, this Ken Block-style Ford Fiesta replica could well be what you’re looking for.

With a more substantial set-up, this is ideal for the hobbyist with a smaller area to play in.

Although this car is small, it packs a serious punch and is capable of quickly achieving speeds of up to 30km/h.

Another perfect entry-level variation with a decent controller, this is perfect for the younger generation of Ken Block fans that are looking for their first RC drifter.

Manufacturer description:The racing car is super fast, responsive, full function, and remote controlled. You can freely control the speed and direction, and perform U-shape drifts with ease.

Also features steering (go forward and backward, turn left and right). It is delicately manufactured, which is the standard of all hobby class vehicle.

Features

  • 2.4GHz transmitter, you’ll never get any radio interference with this electric car.
  • You can enjoy drifting with the on-road anti-skid drift tires.
  • High-quality PC material car shell, like a real car, excellent flexibility, to prevent the impact of rupture.
  • The speed reaches up to 30 KM/H, which makes the car race faster than others.
  • Rechargeable battery is available for longer playtime, it will last up to 30 minutes.
  • Metal chassis, sturdy and durable, protects the car and with longer service life.

JADA Toys Fast & Furious Brian’s Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR34)

Our comment: JADA Toys have launched a range of The Fast and the Furious cars onto the RC market, which is perfect for both young and old fans of the movie.

Fans of Brian O’Conner will undoubtedly relish the opportunity to drift his R34 Skyline GT-R!

Are you stuck for the perfect Christmas or Birthday gift for your Fast and the Furious-crazy friend or relative? Look no further!

The 1/16th scale cars conveniently charge via USB and feature surprisingly impressive battery life.

These reasonably-priced RC drift cars are the ultimate gift for any Fast and the Furious fan, and they’ll undoubtedly want to collect the whole range.

As you’ve probably guessed, these cars weren’t created with the serious enthusiast in mind, but they’re perfect for cheap entertainment with all the family.

Manufacturer description:From the franchise built on speed comes Brian’s highly modified Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR34) featuring styling cues directly from the movie! Race to the finish as this aggressively styled 1:16 scale RC vehicle features lightweight aero modifications and performance wheels!

Help Dom and his crew as they continue their global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed! You call the shots as you lead the team on their crusade with vehicles featuring styling cues directly from the movie! Featuring turbo Boost feature, This R/C vehicle is ready for action-packed fun!

Features

  • 2.4 GHz- fully functioning R/C
  • Turbo Boost feature
  • Alkaline Battery included- ready to run
  • Exterior styling directly from the Fast and Furious movie
  • Officially licensed and authentic movie decoration with themed packaging
  • USB charging technology

HPI Racing Micro RS4 Drift Fail Crew Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R

hpi racing micro rs4 drift fail crew r34 skyline

Our comment: Best known for showing off his skills at Europe’s infamous Gatebil festival, the legendary Fail Crew Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R driven by ‘Mad Max’ Tvardovsky is now available in 1/18th scale!

This pre-built, ready-to-run RC drift car from HPI Racing combines its 4WD speed belt drivetrain with a high-powered motor and double-wishbone independent front suspension to provide maximum power and control.

Utilizing HPI’s very-own 180-size motor, with electronic speed control, full-time 4WD belt drive, and a water-resistant servo, this is an excellent setup for those of you that are looking for a smaller beginner drift car.

Despite this being a ready-to-run kit, HPI has ensured that it’s one of the few which provides optional hop-up upgrades, which could be the perfect solution once you’ve got the hang of RC drifting.

Although the more commonly-found RC car scale size is 1/10th, this 1/18th scale car could be the perfect answer for those of you that are looking for a smaller alternative.

Manufacturer description:With its 4WD belt-drive system and hard tires, the Micro RS4 Drift is easy to drift on any smooth surface! Concrete, short carpet, and even tarmac or asphalt are all ideal sliding surfaces that were made for your car – you’ll feel like a real drifter with the Micro RS4!

With the full range of HPI custom bodies for your car, it’s easy to turn your Micro RS4 Drift car into any kind of car you can imagine! Do you fancy swapping for a snarling American muscle car, a different drift car, or even a gravel eating rally car? All these looks and more are waiting for you! To complete the look, you can also have a look at the huge range of available custom wheels and even drift and grip tires from HPI Racing!

Features

  • Pre-Built, Ready to Run 1/18th scale racing car
  • Drives just like a larger RC car!
  • 4WD for maximum control and speed
  • Belt drivetrain for efficient power transfer to front wheels
  • Double-wishbone independent front suspension
  • Coil-over inboard cantilever front shocks
  • Front universal dogbones
  • Front and rear differentials for maximum drivetrain efficiency
  • Fully equipped with ball bearings for maximum efficiency
  • SCM-2S-WP electronic speed control for total control
  • 2.4GHz radio system for long range reception, no frequency crystals needed
  • 180-size motor for fast speeds and quick acceleration
  • 6v 1200mAh battery for long driving times and plenty of power
  • AC wall charger included for extra convenience
  • 4 AA batteries included for transmitter

HPI Racing Micro RS4 Ford Mustang RTR-X

  • Manufacturer: HPI Racing
  • Suitable for: 16 years and up
  • Configuration: 4WD
  • Scale ratio: 1/10th
  • Model number: 112468
  • Value for money 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Purchase link: HPI Racing Micro RS4 Ford Mustang RTR-X

Our comment: The next car in our ready-to-run line-up is based on the awesome 1969 Ford Mustang RTR-X drift car.

Utilizing a one-piece molded chassis, this allowed HPI to build a replica which performs like the real car. With the drivetrain tunnel molded down the middle, this provides similar handling characteristics.

They’ve also introduced a low-profile layout to ensure that all the components sit as low as possible in the chassis, allowing for a low center of gravity for optimum handling.

The RTR Mustang is quite possibly the best ready-to-run car in our list and would make the perfect entry-level RC drift car straight out of the box.

HPI has once again produced a variety of hop-up upgrades should you wish to upgrade the car to an intermediate level further down the line.

Manufacturer description:The newest member of the HPI x Vaughn Gittin Jr. collection is here, and it’s the perfect little brother to the 1/10th scale HPI Mustang RTR-X Sprint 2 Sport and Nitro RS4 3 Evo+! This Micro RS4 is a scaled-down, 1/18th version of Vaughn’s iconic 1969 Ford Mustang RTR-X, which was designed by Vaughn in partnership with the Need For Speed crew! Vaughn is the only one who can drive the real thing, but if you want an RC replica that can fit in the palm of your hand, this is the only version you’ll be able to find!

The Micro Mustang RTR-X is perfect for shredding tires inside and outside, with a high-powered motor driving all four wheels and coil-over shocks providing smooth power and excellent control. This Ready To Run Micro RS4 kit features a highly detailed and scale 1969 Ford Mustang RTR-X replica body for an awesome scale look wherever you drive! Just like the 1/10th scale replica, we even include TWO SETS of wheels and tires, one for drifting and one for racing!

Features

  • Pre-Built, Ready to Run 1/18th scale racing car
  • Officially licensed replica of Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s 1969 Ford Mustang RTR-X
  • Drives just like a larger RC car!
  • 4WD for maximum control and speed
  • Belt drivetrain for efficient power transfer to front wheels
  • Double-wishbone independent front suspension
  • Coil-over inboard cantilever front shocks
  • Front universal dogbones
  • Front and rear differentials for maximum drivetrain efficiency
  • Fully equipped with ball bearings for maximum efficiency
  • EN-2 electronic speed control for total control
  • 2.4GHz radio system for long range reception, no frequency crystals needed
  • 180-size motor for fast speeds and quick acceleration
  • 6v 1200mAh battery for long driving times and plenty of power
  • AC wall charger included for extra convenience
  • 4 AA batteries included for transmitter

RC drift car kits

Here is our selection of rc drift car kits:

Tamiya TT-02D – Various Models

Our comment: Tamiya is one of the most reputable brands in the RC drift scene, and their TT-02D Drift Spec chassis is a testament to the continued fantastic quality that they’ve been launching throughout the years.

If you’re not shy when it comes to building your RC drift car, then the entry-level TT-02D kit could well be the perfect answer to your needs.

As the 24mm wide drift-spec tires provide the perfect traction, the CVA shock units combined with the 4-wheel double wishbone suspension offers the ultimate handling for drifting.

With a full ball-bearing setup, an aluminum motor heat sink, and a tuned sports motor as standard, this is the perfect introduction to your RC drift career.

As you’ve probably guessed, there’s a vast range of hop-up upgrade modifications on the market to build the ultimate ride, and all the spares you could ever need if you were to crash a little too hard.

It’s no coincidence that so many enthusiasts start with the TT-02D, as it’s the perfect entry-level kit, and Tamiya provides a massive range of body shells.

Although there are several kits available, they are all the same parts with different body shells, so it’s entirely your decision as to which shell is best for you.

The only downside with the TT-02D over the ready-to-run kits is that you’ll need to factor in the additional costs of buying the electronics, such as a radio, receiver, ESC, steering servo, battery, and charger.

The shells also arrive as a clear plastic, which allows you to fully customize and choose any colors or stickers that you fancy.

Don’t let the additional expenses put you off this fantastic kit, though, as the TT-02D is worth every cent once you’ve got everything up and running!

Manufacturer description:The TT-02 chassis is Tamiya’s latest entry level 4WD full independent suspension assembly kit that offers ease of assembly and easy maintenance.

The TT-02D is the Drift Spec variant that includes special parts to make it a fun to drive drifting machine.

Features

  • Scale: 1/10
  • Construction type: assembly kit
  • Terrain use: on-road
  • Drive-train: 4WD
  • Drive type: shaft
  • Drive line: dog bone
  • Differential type: gear
  • Suspension: fully independent double wishbone
  • Steering mechanism: bell-crank
  • Shock damper: oil-filled damper
  • Shock damper material: plastic
  • Chassis material: plastic
  • Bearings: shielded ball bearing
  • Adjustable camber: fixed
  • Adjustable toe angles: front only
  • Adjustable ground clearance: yes
  • Adjustable gear ratio: yes
  • Adjustable wheelbase: yes
  • Adjustable track width: yes
  • Adjustable shock angle: yes

RC drift car chassis

Here is our selection of rc drift car chassis:

Tamiya TB-03 VDS Drift Spec Chassis

  • Manufacturer: Tamiya
  • Suitable for: 14 years and up
  • Configuration: 4WD
  • Scale ratio: 1/10th
  • Value for money 🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Purchase link: Tamiya TB-03 VDS Drift Spec Chassis

Our comment: If you’re not entirely new to RC drifting, and you don’t mind splashing a little extra cash for the ultimate off-the-shelf package, then Tamiya’s TB-03 VDS drift spec chassis is the perfect choice for you!

With the knowledge gained from their TA-05 VDF, Tamiya developed this top-spec chassis, which is perfectly tweaked for the ultimate drifting performance.

With a 2.5mm thick carbon lower deck, aluminum gearbox braces for the front and rear gearboxes, and an aluminum center brace to provide rigidity, the TB-03 was undoubtedly built with performance and durability in mind.

As far as quality and performance go, you’re going to struggle to find a better off-the-shelf kit than the TB-03, even if it is a little expensive and still requires a body shell, motor and electronics to be purchased separately.

If you’re just getting started with drifting and this is a temptation, then we’d also recommend taking a look at Tamiya’s TT-02D kit above.

Manufacturer description:Based on the shaft-driven TB-03 chassis, this drift-spec chassis incorporates a 2.5mm thick carbon lower deck, aluminum gearbox braces to hold front/rear gearboxes, and a distinctive aluminum center brace to provide rigidity toward chassis pitch.

The well-balanced layout has the two-piece propeller shaft along the center of the chassis with the battery pack and R/C unit positioned at chassis sides. The chassis also comes equipped with high-spec parts such as knuckle extensions, parallel steering link, and rear direct coupling to offer an exciting drift experience.

Features

  • Equipped with the TB-03’s front and rear gearboxes
  • 2.5mm thick carbon fiber lower deck
  • Aluminum center F/R gearbox braces which offer superior chassis strength
  • Chassis layout is optimized for drifting and features a 2-piece propeller shaft along the center line of the chassis with the battery pack, motor and R/C radio gear positioned on either side of the car
  • 4-wheel double wishbone suspension is equipped with the short reversible suspension arms as seen on the TB-03, TA-05 Version 2 and TRF 416,417
  • TRF (Tamiya Racing Factory) Aluminum threaded shock body and Teflon piston dampers included
  • A parallel geometry steering system with left and right symmetrical steering angles offers excellent control and easier counter steering maneuvers
  • Front ball diff and rear direct coupling (spool)
  • 2-piece universal propeller shaft
  • Aluminum turnbuckle shafts
  • Front and Rear universal shafts
  • Aluminum hex wheel hubs
  • Hi-torque servo saver included
  • Steel diff joints for improved wear and durability

Hobbypower Alloy & Carbon RWD Drift Racing Chassis

Our comment: If you’re keen to buy a chassis setup, but you haven’t got the money to splash out on the upper-price-bracket Tamiya TB-03 above, then fear not, as Hobbypower have the ultimate alternative for those of you looking for a fantastic chassis on a budget.

This chassis is made with premium alloy and carbon and represents incredible value for money.

Unlike the other kits in our guide, this is a rear-wheel-drive set up with the weight centered at the back, and an ultra-wide-angle steering system for maximum steering lock capabilities.

You’ll struggle to get more for your money than this RWD belt-driven car, but you will still need to consider the costs of electronics and body shell.

For beginners on a budget that are keen to learn exactly how to build an RC car from the ground up, you aren’t going to get better value for money than this chassis.

Manufacturer description:This is a Rear-wheel drive (RWD)1:10 drift kit which is very suitable for drifting beginners.

The kit weight centered at the back and it already comes with the ultra wide angle steering system making the beginner easier to handle and enjoy the drifting experience.

Features

  • Main Chassis, Upper Deck, Front and Rear Shock Towers
  • 1-Belt Drive System
  • KIT-D4RWD Internal Gear Ratio is 2.06
  • Ultra Wide Angle Universal Driveshafts (65 degree)
  • Height. Adjustable. Dampers & Full Bearing
  • Wide Double-Wishbone
  • 10 Degrees Front Caster Angle
  • Adjustable Y Shaped Front Upper Suspension Arms
  • Height. Adjustable. Dampers & Full Bearing
  • Weight: 750g

Needed to complete

It’s worth remembering that this kit doesn’t come with the following parts, which will need to be purchased separately, but this allows you to choose the best products for your needs:

  • 1/10 Drift Body & Paint
  • Motor & ESC
  • 2 Channel Radio System (minimum)
  • Steering Servo
  • Shorty LiPo Battery & Charger

MST FMX 2.0 “LCG” RWD Electric Drift Car Kit

mst fmx 2 0 lcg rwd electric rc drift cars

Our comment: For enthusiasts that aren’t looking to break the bank, this bargain mid-motor carbon fiber chassis RWD kit could be a perfect choice.

An LCG (low center of gravity) aluminium motor mount is positioned 5mm lower than the previous generation, which provides increased stability and control.

The upper deck is made from carbon fiber, which looks incredible and makes it strong and lightweight.

This is an excellent choice for beginners to experienced RC enthusiasts looking for a reasonably-priced carbon fiber drift chassis with a lower-midrange price tag.

Manufacturer description:The MST FMX 2.0 “LCG” 1/10 RWD Electric Drift Car Kit is a mid motor, rear wheel drive kit designed with the enthusiast in mind. Featuring high quality carbon fiber and molded composite parts, super smooth shocks and a plethora of tuning settings available right out of the box, this kit delivers great steering angles in a mid-motor platform that is great for both beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike.

This redesigned LCG aluminum motor mount lowers the center of gravity of the motor by up to 5mm than the last generation, which further increases the stability and control. The freshly designed carbon upper deck is separated from the motor mount, increasing the torsion of the car body, reducing the height of the upper deck, and more dynamic and streamlined visual looks.

Features

  • Middle motor mounts and centralized configurations
  • Carbon fiber chassis with dual vertical carbon fiber upper deck
  • Redesigned great front suspension system
  • Adjustable Ackerman angle variation in 2 sections of steering system
  • Front steering wheel base KPI at 6 degrees. – 0.5 towing distance of axle
  • Redesigned front upper arm inside seat supports 10-steps bi-side adjustments
  • Full dust-proof rear gearbox with the bevel gear shaft drive
  • Standard ball differential
  • Variable second reduction ratio of the rear axle in a total of 6 variable range of 1.78-3.82 (standard 3.82)
  • Updated carbon upper deck
  • Standard equipping with the realistic car brake and caliper set

Needed to complete

It’s worth remembering that this kit doesn’t come with the following parts, which will need to be purchased separately, but this allows you to choose the best products for your needs:

  • 1/10 Drift Body & Paint
  • Motor & ESC
  • 2 Channel Radio System (minimum)
  • Steering Servo
  • Shorty LiPo Battery & Charger
  • Wheels & Tires

MST FXX 2.0 S RWD Electric Drift Car Kit

mst fxx 2 0 s rwd electric rc drift cars

Our comment: If you’re looking for an MST chassis on a budget, then the FXX 2.0 S is the ideal option for entry-level drifters.

Despite the exceptional price tag, this is still a fantastic chassis for drifting and would be perfect for those looking to get into the game.

It may not have fancy carbon fiber parts, which admittedly leaves it more prone to damage, but if you’re drifting in an open space with few solid obstacles, that shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

This kit is also available without a bodyshell, but for an additional 10 bucks, we think it’s well worth going with the BMW E92 kit.

Manufacturer description:The MST FXX 2.0 S 1/10 RWD Electric Drift Car Kit combines the centralized chassis configuration of the FXX 2.0 KMW, with a redesigned motor forward transmission configuration and front suspension system to create an amazingly progressive driving experience.

This rear-wheel drive specific design is complimented by the unique MB rear suspension system that provides increased rear geometry adjustments, allowing the suspension to better handle steep drift angles with an optimized secondary reduction ratio for improved throttle control. All of these features combined create a high performance chassis that provides handling characteristics more like that of a 1:1 drift car.

Features

  • Front motor configuration creates a feel similar to a real drift car, for a more realistic driving experience
  • CNC machined chassis with readjusted center of gravity provides better weight distribution
  • Updated motor mount, suspension and ATK system
  • The integrated steering system with redesigned aluminum alloy steering connection plate updates the geometry settings to create steep front wheel steering angles, allowing for greater drift angles
  • Equipped with MB rear suspension system for increased adjustments and tuning possibilities
  • Steel CVD axle of rear transmission system
  • Standard realistic caliper and disc brake set
  • Full ball bearings
  • Hydraulic Dampers

Needed to complete

It’s worth remembering that this kit doesn’t come with the following parts, which will need to be purchased separately, but this allows you to choose the best products for your needs:

  • 1/10 Drift Body & Paint
  • Motor & ESC
  • 2 Channel Radio System (minimum)
  • Steering Servo
  • Shorty LiPo Battery & Charger
  • Wheels & Tires

Yokomo YD-2E RWD Drift Car Kit

yokomo yd 2e rwd electric rc drift cars

Our comment: Yokomo is arguably the highest-regarded company in the RC drift car market, but not all their products are eye-wateringly expensive!

The entry-level YD-2E chassis comes with a fantastic price tag with the plastic chassis version for those looking to get started.

However, if you’re feeling fancy, then there’s also the graphite ‘PLUS’ model alternative to choose from, which comes from the high-end ‘E’ series model.

Manufacturer description:The Yokomo YD-2E 2WD RWD Drift Car Kit is helping to drive the RWD trend in the drift world. Featuring updated “short type” Front Suspension Arms to optimize the Ackermann setting and prevent interference with the wheels, these arms offer increased steering angle and improved overall performance. The chassis tub allows the use of standard and shorty type LiPo batteries, as well as 6-cell nickel packs.

The kit includes LS Rear Lower Suspension Arms as standard for more down stroke and increased grip in order to achieve both stability and speed at the same time. A 4 gear transmission positions the motor horizontally and helps to prevent torque twist. Plus, the design helps to encourage on power traction, providing increased stability and acceleration during corner exit.

Features

  • 4 Gear rear transmission
  • Closed gearbox
  • Four-wheel independent double wishbone suspension
  • Front short suspension arm
  • High performance vehicle height adjustable oil damper
  • Resin made one piece main chassis
  • Aluminum motor mounting plate
  • RWD exclusive high angle steering system
  • 49mm bone rear universal shaft
  • LS Rear lower suspension arm
  • Large Rear Diffuser

Needed to complete

It’s worth remembering that this kit doesn’t come with the following parts, which will need to be purchased separately, but this allows you to choose the best products for your needs:

  • 1/10 Drift Body & Paint
  • 2-Channel radio system
  • Electronic Speed Control
  • 540 Motor
  • Steering Servo
  • 7.4V LiPo battery pack
  • Compatible battery charger
  • Drift car tires & Wheels
  • Steering Gyro

Yokomo YD-2R Plus RWD Drift Car Kit

yokomo yd 2r plus rwd electric rc drift cars

Our comment: The YD-2R Plus is the mid-range offering from Yokomo, which features a matte graphite double-deck chassis and a six-stage adjustable rear-mounted motor for superior weight balance.

With this layout, you’ll have additional grip in the rear, thanks to the weight being placed on the back. Combined with the aluminium shocks and towers, you’ll achieve maximum traction, which is perfect if you often drift in low-grip areas.

If you’re looking for a competitive car without having to go into the premium price bracket, the YD-2R plus is likely to offer the perfect solution.

Manufacturer description:The Yokomo YD-2R Plus 1/10 2WD RWD Drift Car Kit was created to deliver the rear traction control needed on low-grip tracks found in drifting circles. Yokomo achieves superior rear traction with an updated rear-motor design, a layout that can maximize traction without changing the total weight of the kit.

In this layout, the motor is mounted on the rear overhang to distribute the load directly to rear tires, exactly where you want it on low-grip drifting tracks. Acceleration will apply the maximum load to the contact surface of the rear tires, giving them the bite they need to pull out of turns and maneuver with agility. This is a high-spec machine equipped with the popular graphite double-deck chassis, aluminum SLF oil shock, aluminum front and rear shock towers, and much more.

Features

  • Rear motor and rear two-wheel drive
  • Redesigned Integrated upper deck
  • Matte graphite double deck Chassis
  • 6-stage adjustable aluminum motor mount
  • 4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension
  • 3 gears Rear transmission
  • Updated Sealed gear box
  • Aluminum front /rear shock tower
  • Narrow scrub steering block
  • Straight /short Li-po Battery compatible

Needed to complete

It’s worth remembering that this kit doesn’t come with the following parts, which will need to be purchased separately, but this allows you to choose the best products for your needs:

  • 1/10 Drift Body & Paint
  • 2-Channel radio system
  • Electronic Speed Control
  • 540 Motor
  • Steering Servo
  • Battery (Li-po 2-cell, shorty type)
  • Compatible battery charger
  • Drift car tires & Wheels

Yokomo YD-2RX Limited Edition 1/10 RWD Competition Drift Car Kit

yokomo yd 2rx purple rwd electric rc drift cars

Our comment: If you’re planning to go down the competitive route, and you’ll settle for nothing less than the best, the YD-2RX is the ultimate premium pick.

Available in black, red, or purple, the YD-2RX has been specifically designed with competition in mind and offers the ultimate platform to secure a spot on the podium without needing to upgrade various components.

Yokomo are the masters of RC car design, and we’re confident that this flagship graphite offering will not disappoint.

Manufacturer description:The Yokomo YD-2RX Limited Edition 1/10th scale Rear Wheel Drive Competition Drift Car is a top of the line kit that is designed for pure competition, and driver seeking a platform that offers incredible rear traction. Thanks to it’s rear traction focused design, component locations have been planned accordingly to ensure proper and perfect chassis balance despite the rearward located motor and electronics.

The 2RX Chassis and Upper Brace are unique to this platform that allow for heavy items such as the battery and ESC to be located as rearward as possible, and deck mounts to be mounted as forward as possible. Paired with various option parts found in the R series, the 2RX provides incredible aesthetics, value, and performance all in one box. Styling is up to you, and drivers can opt for stealth black, bright red, and vibrant purple anodized components to suit any favorite aesthetic.

Features

  • Redesigned graphite main chassis & upper deck
  • Vibrant Purple Anodized aluminum parts
  • Graphite front bumper
  • Slide rack steering system
  • Aluminum special motor mount
  • Aluminum shock towers
  • Aluminum suspension mounts
  • Aluminum lower suspension arm adapter
  • Aluminum integrated front bulkhead
  • Aluminum SLF Big Bore Shock
  • Aluminum Gear Diff Joint
  • Aluminum Hexagon Hub
  • Graphite front bumper/brace
  • Aluminum 3mm steering stopper
  • Front/rear short suspension arms

Needed to complete

It’s worth remembering that this kit doesn’t come with the following parts, which will need to be purchased separately, but this allows you to choose the best products for your needs:

  • 1/10 Drift Body & Paint
  • 2-Channel radio system
  • Electronic Speed Control
  • 540 Motor
  • Standard size steering servo
  • 2s 7.4V LiPo “Shorty” battery pack
  • LiPo compatible battery charger
  • Drift car tires & Wheels

Usukani D3T 1/8 RC Drift Tricycle Chassis Kit

usukani d3t 1 8 rc drift tricycle trike chassis bajcica rc drift cars

Our comment: If you’re looking for a unique RC drift car to stand out at events, look no further than the epic Usuakni D3T drift trike!

Your rival competitors will be in awe as you throw down some epic lines with these well-refined three-wheelers!

Although they won’t be up to the standard of the premium offerings that companies such as Yokomo have to offer, you’ll undoubtedly walk away from every event with the crowd-pleaser award!

Manufacturer description:The Usukani D3T 1/8 RC Drift Tricycle Chassis Kit is a special version of the TUKCICA kit with an updated BAJCICA body set included. High quality components and attention to design makes this 1/8th scale trike an exciting and responsive product.

The unique three wheeled drifting platform includes two bodies for optional appearances and slick drifting style. Decide between either the original TUKCICA body shown in the video below or the alternate BAJCICA body with the covered and enclosed tricycle bed. Pick colors, paint the bodies and get drifting in style!

Features

  • Three wheel (RWD)
  • Three-gear transmission seal gear case
  • Rear wheel independent suspension
  • Front fork two-spring shock
  • Rear wheel Damping Shock Absorber
  • Adjustable Front Fork angle System
  • Dual spring steering buffer tie rod+
  • Rims
  • Ultrathin drift tries (PP/HDPE)
  • Full ball bearing
  • High tenacity and impact resistance Nylon
  • Metal motor mount
  • Metal pinion gear (Gear ratio:approx 10.77)
  • Metal Spur Gear Adapter
  • Stainless steel Universal Bone
  • Transparent PC bodyshell

Needed to complete

It’s worth remembering that this kit doesn’t come with the following parts, which will need to be purchased separately, but this allows you to choose the best products for your needs:

  • Transmitter
  • Receiver
  • Low height servo
  • Gyro
  • ESC
  • Type 540 motor
  • 7.4V 2S short lipo battery

Our ready-to-run RC drift car choice

With their upgraded brushless ready-to-run car, speeds of up to 60km/h can be achieved from this incredible value-for-money kit.

Our choice for the ready-to-run RC Drift Cars is the HSP FlyingFish Nissan Skyline GT-R RC Drift Car

Since this is likely to be too fast and advanced for beginners, there is also their cheaper brushed kit, which would be the perfect car for those of you that are looking to get started with the perfect Ready-to-Run RC drift car on a budget.

However, if you don’t mind spending a little extra cash, then we have no doubt you’ll be delighted with the HPI kit.

Our Runner-Up in this category goes to HPI’s Ford Mustang RTR-X. Although this is superior quality to the HSP kit, it comes with a far higher price tag, which is likely to be out of the price range for most first time buyers.

Ready-to-Run HSP FlyingFish Nissan Skyline GT-R RC Drift Car


Our RC drift car kit choice

Tamiya has been in this game since day one, and they certainly know what it takes to build the ultimate drifting chassis.

Our choice for the RC Drift Car Kit choice is the Tamiya TT-02D

With the TT-02D following on from their legendary TT-01 kit, this new offering provides fantastic value for money and is the perfect kit for beginners and intermediate drivers alike.

If the idea of building the car yourself is daunting, then make sure you take a look at the ready-to-run kits, then when you’ve gained some experience with the car, you’ll most probably feel more confident to go with a Kit or Chassis when it’s time to upgrade.

With a wide range of body shell options available for the TT-02D, you’ll be able to build the RC drift car of your dreams!

Tamiya TT-02D


Our RC drift car chassis choice

Now, admittedly this is a controversial winner since the Tamiya is technically a more refined and superior quality kit.

Our choice for the RC drift car chassis is the Hobbypower Alloy & Carbon RWD Drift Racing Chassis

However, due to the significant price difference, there’s no question in our mind that the Hobbypower chassis represents better value for money, especially when stacking the two head-to-head.

With that said, if you’re looking for the ultimate RC drift chassis, and you don’t mind spending the extra bucks on the perfect drift setup, then we would highly recommend going for the TB-03 VDS.

So, we’re sticking to our guns with Hobbypower as our winner, and for beginners on a budget that are keen to build their first car, there is no better option for the price on the market.

Hobbypower Alloy & Carbon RWD Drift Racing Chassis


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