Drifting in Forza Horizon 4
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How to drift in Forza Horizon 4

Nail those slides and get Skill Points with this Forza Horizon 4 drifting guide.
Written by Jon Nicholson
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The latest instalment in the Forza Horizon franchise is set in Great Britain, meaning there are plenty of winding roads that are ideal for getting your car sideways. 
Drifting in the designated Drift Zones located all over the map is a great way of building influence and earning Skill Points to spend on Perks, which can grant you a Wheelspin or a score increase for a particular driving manoeuvre. After spending some time sliding around the roads of the UK, here are some tips on how to drift in Forza Horizon 4.

1. Pick the right car

You need a car with rear-wheel drive to drift
You need a car with rear-wheel drive to drift
First of all, it is important to pick a car with rear-wheel drive. Cars with either four-wheel or front-wheel drive will grip to the road and understeer heavily, making them nearly impossible to drift. Selecting a car with rear-wheel drive allows you to put all the power through the rear of the car, making it slide around the corners. We selected the 1997 Mazda RX-7 for our drift project. Reasonably priced at 35,000 credits, it left us with plenty of spending money to modify and tune the car. Speaking of which...

2. Tune your car

Once you’ve chosen your car, head to the garage and give it some power and handling upgrades. It is important to find a good balance between power and handling when drifting as you need plenty of power to get the car sideways and lots of grip in the corners otherwise you will end up having some pretty hefty accidents! When tuning, adding Drift springs and dampers to your car is essential for creating the ultimate drift car.

3. Adjust the assists

Take off traction and stability control to make drifting easier
Take off traction and stability control to make drifting easier
Tweaking the difficulty not only gives you an increase in prize money when you win races, but it is a good way to find a level of control when drifting. Taking off traction control and stability control will make the car much easier to slide around the twisting turns of the UK. 
If you’re using the automatic transmission, try switching to a manual transmission for a much better way of applying the power in the middle of a drift. Being able to manually shift up and down the gears gives you much more control, which is the most important element of drifting. Not being in control of the car usually ends in a spectacular crash.

4. Practice makes perfect

You have the perfect drifting machine, you’ve created your optimum settings, all that’s left to do is get out on the open roads and practice! With over 500 roads to choose from on Forza Horizon 4, there are plenty of opportunities to hone the craft of drifting. Make sure to be careful of oncoming traffic.
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