How to Drift – Forza Horizon
Forza Horizon is all about racing with speed and style until you can officially be crowned as the very best racer at the festival. While fast cars are certainly going to help you with that, learning to drift will help you to take corners swiftly and smoothly. Here’s how to do it.
First things first, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. Any front engine, rear-wheel drive car will do the trick. One with high horsepower is also preferable. Once you’ve got a car that fits these specs (a 2008 BMW M3 does the trick), you’ll want to turn the traction control off on and change your transmission type to manual with clutch. This transmission type is important as it allows you to rev your engine a little more and hold the revs higher than you can on an automatic transmission.
With your car aptly set up, now all you need to do is find some open road and turns to practice on. The best place to go for quiet roads and a few easy beginner turns is a little town in Red Rock in the Southwest section of the map. Start off with your revs high, and slowly build up speed. As you approach and begin turning into a corner, you want to hit your clutch and e-brake at the same time, turn your wheel in the direction of the corner, and then lift off both clutch and e-brake.
As soon as you’ve done this, you’ll want to slightly feather your gas pedal and counter-steer out of the drift. You only want to counter-steer enough so that you’re not spinning out or turning too tightly into the corner. You can use the gas to keep your speed up, but avoid staying on it for too long as this can lead to a spin out.
While you may not get it straight off, stick with your car and get a feel for how much steer, gas, and counter-steer you need to use. The more you try it, the easier it gets. Once you’ve got the basics nailed down, you can leave the little area in Red Rock and try your newly discovered drifting skills on the open road.