The best RC drift cars

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by Ryan Gilmore |

Do you want a drift car? Dreams of MK IV Supras, Toyota AE86s and slammed E46 M3s fill your head on the daily? Well, we have some good and some bad news. The bad news is, a lot of the peak Gran Turismo era JDM drift cars have either been crashed, appallingly modified or are worth an eye-watering amount of cash. And even if you can get hold of one, turning it into a good drift car will cost a bit more than some new tyres and a welder for the diff.

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The good news is that we've found the next best thing, fun to use drift cars on a smaller scale and remote-controlled. So we've put some Eurobeat on the radio, checked our manifold and can bring you our favourite RC drift cars.

The best RC drift cars

Jada Toys Fast & Furious RC Car, Drift 1995 Toyota Supra

The best r/c drift car for kids
Jada Toys Fast & Furious RC Car, Drift 1995 Toyota Supra
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Vin Diesel does it for family and now you can do it for yours too, with this RC drift car that makes a great gift for children. A 1:10 model of the iconic F&F Toyota Supra, it's a very impressive model and perfect for some indoor drifting. Best of all it comes with a spare set of drift tyres and the all-important 'turbo' button on the controller for even more power.

Scalextric C1421M Slot Car Racing Set

The best r/c drift car with a track
Scalextric C1421M Slot Car Racing Set
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Scalextric has also embraced drifting with this cool figure-eight track complete with two Driftworks Ford Mustangs. Like any Scalextric set, it's a little more rigid than a pure RC car but it's still a lot of fun. The Mustangs can spin 360 degrees on the track which makes for some really impressive drifts, and equally impressive donuts once you've overcooked it. The track is 3.6 metres long and can be used with other Scalextric sets too.

Hot Wheels Scale 1:24 Drift Rod Radio Controlled Car

The best r/c drift car on a budget
Hot Wheels Scale 124 Drift Rod Radio Controlled Car
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Not the biggest or most advanced drift car, this 1:24 RC car from Hot Wheels is a fantastic beginner RC car for children. It's simple to set up and use, comes with spare rear tyres and is designed to deal with the inevitable knocks and scrapes from being driven into the skirting boards and coffee table.

FTX FTX5574 Ravine

The best r/c drift car for the dirt
FTX FTX5574 Ravine
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Who says that drifting needs to be limited to tarmac? When we tested the FTX Ravine, we found it to be a really good laugh thanks to its dual motors and adjustable steering (including forklift truck rear steering). It's tail-happy and a great drift machine, all while still being a very capable rock crawler.

Tamiya 1:10 TT 300058584 02D Drift Spec Chassis

The best r/c drift car chassis
Tamiya 110 TT 300058584 02D Drift Spec Chassis
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Looking for a more serious drift RC car? Tamiya is one of the heavyweights of model cars, and this drift spec chassis is the perfect starting point for an awesome drift r/c car. It's fundamentally the same as the already excellent TT-02 chassis but features Super Driftech tyres and new CVA shock units. You'll need to provide your own body shell but don't worry, Tamiya offer loads of awesome bodies that will simply clip onto the chassis.

RS4 Sport3 Drift Nissan James Deane

The best r/c drift car
RS4 SPORT 3 DRIFT NISSAN JAMES DEAN

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This is a serious RC drift car based on the Nissan S14 driven by Formula Drift champion James Deane. It features permanent 4WD, plastic Falken drift tyres and other impressive specifications that makes it a serious bit of kit.

Hyper Drift Go Kart 24V Electric Ride On - Red

The best r/c drift car you can drive
Hyper Drift Go Kart 24V Electric Ride On - Red

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Ok, this is a little bigger than your standard RC drift car, but our inner nine-year-old can't get over how amazing this would be to speed around. It may only have a top speed of 9mph and a 30-minute runtime, but it has smooth rear wheels for drifting, plus it looks awesome. It's suitable for children over eight and has a 70kg weight limit.

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