How to turn your RC car into drift specs

Remote controlled drift is taking off in a big way, in this article I show you step by step how to turn that old 1/10 touring car into a drifter’s dream machine. It’s very simple and usually only takes a couple of hours, using this handy guide I’ll have you on the side before you know it.

What exactly is drift?

Simply put, drifting is the art of changing your car’s angle of attack, while maintaining full control, so in a typical drift driver, X approaches the corner and turns hard too soon, this It will make the rear of the car move. , Driver X will re-enter the slide and keep the car turning around the corner while maintaining the highest possible angle and speed, then overcorrect and throw the car into another slide right after the first one, with as little straight lining as possible. .

Can an RC car skid?

Yes, if you’ve ever been involved in RC racing, you know the level of configuration that even basic RC cards come with, and drift is no exception. While a stock standard RC car can be out of the box, there are a few basic setups and chassis modifications to help you get more angle, speed, and chicks.

Where do I start?

The first thing you need is an RC car, I will use two examples, with which I have had personal experience, the Tamiya TT01 and the Tamiya TA05. The first step to drifting is to break that traction, due to the power to weight ratio of RC cars we need a little help, drift tires are all you need to get on your side, but there is a little more you can do if you want. to compete. If you can’t find RC Drift rims, you can use electrical tape, make sure to wrap it in the same direction the wheel will turn, a good trick is to put it on and roll your RC car on it, this is the right way, the Treadmill tires tend to perform better on surfaces that already have little or no traction, that is, an underground parking lot, but they don’t last long. All skid tires have different traction, more traction = bigger skids, but this is useless if you need to race on a narrow track as the amount of torque used to break traction will also generate a lot of speed, in the end it depends on the personal. preference.

Whats Next?

Okay, you taped your tires and played around a bit, we don’t need to make the car more predictable, all standard racing settings apply, shocks, ride height, and wheel angles are up to you, but if it’s Needed is the rear differential, you need to lock it, this is also known as a spool differential, it basically means both wheels need to turn at the same time. The result is a because it will break and regain traction on command, skids will also be much easier to control, more acceleration = more angle, less acceleration = less angle.


The Tamiya TT01 uses a planetary gear setup for the rear differential, which is easy to convert (and convert back if you change your mind later). The two most important ways to lock this differential are 1. Open the differential and fill it with glue from a glue gun, or 2. Take a small piece of fuel tube, cut it along its length and twist it around one of planetary gears. Once done, close the differential and check if it gives the desired result before putting it back on. The other option is to buy a spool diff.


The TA05 uses a ball differential at the rear and front, this is not that easy to modify, but it can be done. The way I modified mine was by using rivets. I opened the differential and removed the ball bearings and the metal plates that the balls run through. Then I drilled three small holes in the side, getting both halves of the differential. Then I riveted them together and limited the rivets. This worked, but be careful. 1. It is not reversible and if you make a mistake, the difference will be destroyed. 2. It does not last long, eventually the forces going through the differential will destroy it because it has been weakened by the holes. There is a spool difference available for the TA05 and these are the preferred options.

What about the front differential?

Now that we have a solid platform we can experiment with slightly different settings to find the one that works best for us, this varies from car to car, but the principle is the same. Personally, I love using a front one-way differential or a center one-way differential for more control. The downside is that using the brakes at any time is the same as using the electronic brake (handbrake) on a real car, the tail will slip on a 180, while this can be useful for starting a drift and transitioning to a The second drift of the first is very easy to turn, so most people prefer not to use the one-way ones. Again, this is down to personal preference.

Why drifting is so much better than running.

Well I love both but from the drift side it takes a lot more skill and a lot less car, what I mean is that while racing requires skill you can make up for it with an awesome car there is no way a TT01 consistently win in a race against a carbon fiber racing machine. But with drift a TT01 can outperform any car, yes it will be difficult but much of the drift depends on the skill of the driver that anything can happen. This being the case, it is also possible to drift with very little financial backing (unlike racing).

I hope this article has given you some idea about drift, feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or need any advice, the advice is always free, like the rest of my site.

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