How to Build R/C Drift Car
Drifting is a motor sport that originated in Japan. Drift cars are designed to lose traction in the rear wheels while turning so that they slide across the road or track surface at an angle. A driver must then turn the wheels hard right to go left, and vice-versa 1. Remote control drift racing developed out of a desire to experience the sport's excitement without the risk of bodily harm. RC drift cars are controlled like other RC cars but are modified so they will more readily drift.
Select a body style. A 1:10 body in a model commonly used in real drift racing works well.
Customize the body as desired. Use a paint-dip tank and dip the whole body of the car. Then, set it on a baking cooling rack or drying shelf where it can get air circulation all the way around for an even color finish. Add decals and detail paint work for finishing touches. You can either mimic the appearance of a professional drift car or follow your own design.
Select a chassis. The best chassis for RC drift racing are four-wheel drive. It has a weight distribution that is heavier on the front that makes drifting easier.
Remove the rubber tires and wheels from the chassis. These grip the surface of the road and will not drift.
Measure the diameter and width of the tires. You will need about 6 inches of PVC or ABS pipe with the same diameter as the tires.
Cut the pipe into four pieces the same width as the tires you removed. These are the replacement tires for your chassis.
Slide the pipe-tires over the wheels on the car’s chassis. If they do not fit snuggly, wrap the wheel in masking tape and then put the tire back on. Continue the process until the tire sets tightly over the wheel.
Reattach the wheels to the chassis. Make sure that they are well secured; you do not want your tires to fall off during a drift race.
Set the engine in position on the chassis. The engine should be fully electric 1. Nitro and gas-powered engines do not work as well for RC drift racing. Also, the lighter the engine the better it is for the RC car's maneuverability. Specialized drift engines are available, but any lightweight electric engine can be adjusted to work 1.
Attach the finished chassis to the main body of the car according to the body manufacturer's instructions.
- “The R/C Bible: How to Build, Tune and Drive Electric and…” ; Robert G. Schleicher; 2006