In the new Forza Motorsport 8, the developers have not yet added a drifting mode or points system. Nevertheless, the process of drifting is one of the favorite pastimes for many racing game fans, so we have prepared the ultimate guide on how to drift in Forza Motorsport.
During our gameplay, we concluded that drifting is highly dependent on personal preferences, so experienced drifters will have no problem doing it on any car. Nevertheless, it can be a bit tricky for beginners, so in this guide, we will tell you everything we learned about drifting, from choosing and tuning a car to setting up the driving assistant, and some more techniques.
Forza Motorsport 8: Best Car For Drifting
To be able to drift, you need to choose the right car. Here are some tips that can help you make your choice:
- Avoid cars with front-wheel drive, as this will make drifting much more difficult for you. Instead, look for those with rear-wheel drive.
- Choose cars with a high-power engine, as this can make drifting much easier for you. Don’t go for cars that have a weak or mid-engine, such as the 2019 Ferrari F8 Tributo because although they can be good for driving, they can add a bit of complexity when learning to drift.
- Avoid proper race cars, like the 2017 Holden #22 Walkinshaw Performance VF because although they usually have a good engine and rear-wheel drive, their tires are quite sticky, making it difficult for beginners to drift.
Thus, a good choice for you may be the 2023 Nissan Z, or, as it was in our case, the 2020 Toyota GR Supra.
Best Car Upgrades for Drifting in Forza Motorsport
Once you’ve chosen the right car, we recommend leveling it up to at least level 20 to unlock all the upgrades you need for drifting. After you’ve done that, follow these instructions for each of the categories in the performance upgrade menu that will make drifting easier for you:
- Conversion: Here you will be interested in the Engine Swap option. Of course, you can choose the most powerful V12 engine, but it’s not exactly what you need for drifting. We recommend that you pay attention to such indicators in your car’s stats as Power and Torque. To make drifting easier, you need to choose an engine that will make the values of these two stats as equal as possible.
- Drivetrain: This is a very essential menu, and here you need to add Race Clutch because it will make your car more predictable. As well as Race Transmission to be able to tune your gear later on. In addition, it is essential to select Race Differential.
- Tires: In this menu, we recommend that you equip the front tires with one notch and the rear tires with two notches unless you have a high number of horsepower. There is also a Tires Compound option here. Since the game itself does not yet provide tires for drifting, the best choice for you is Sport.
- Platform and Handling: In this menu, you need to select Race Brakes, as well as front and rear Race Anti-Roll Bars. Also in this menu is one of the most important options – Spring and Dampers, where you will need to select Drift to be able to tune the suspension and give it more camber. And finally, select Race Weight Reduction.
Once you have built a car similar to our instructions, you should be able to drive sideways quite well. To get even better at it, though, you’ll have to make sure that the Driving Assists settings are identical to the ones shown in the screenshot above.
Best Tune Setup
The next step in preparing a car for drifting is Tune setup. Although these settings will depend very much on the kind of car you have and the conditions you are going to drive in, we have made a somewhat universal list of the most important settings in our opinion:
- Tires: This setting will affect how much grip you will have. The more inflated your tires are, the less sticky they will be. For us, the optimal setting was 28 PSI for the front and 26 PSI for the rear.
- Gearing: The easiest way to set this indicator correctly is to focus on the fact that when you change Final Drive, your third gear is approximately 110-130 mph.
- Alignment: You can try different settings in this menu that might work for you. In our case, we paid attention to the maximum negative Camber in the front and about half negative Camber in the rear. However, there is one option here that you cannot miss, namely the Steering angle, which should be turned to the maximum.
- Damping: If you want to make your car more predictable, try playing around with the settings, namely, preferring Soft. However, if your car has problems with grip, you can adjust the settings to Stiff.
- Differential: Here you need to turn all the options to 100% so that the inner and outer wheel spins at the same rate, which will also make your car more predictable.
How to Drift in Forza Motorsport 8
Now that you have your car fully set up to drift, you can start learning how to drift. To get started, drive in third gear and flap the throttle fully, then start turning right and left alternately. When you get used to the skidding of the back of your car, you can shift into fourth gear to have enough speed to finally start drifting. Now you need to learn how to drive in a straight line, so you have to feel the moment when you skid and turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction from the one you were turning. If your car doesn’t drift enough, then you need to step on the gas harder, and if it drifts too much, and you start to spin, then you have to press on the gas lighter.
Once you’ve learned the basics, you can try to do it a little more complicated and include a handbrake in your drift. This will help you to ride on one side for longer, and it can be helpful to learn how to drive more difficult turns. From there, all you have to do is continue to practice until you’re a true professional.