How to drift in Assetto Corsa

Drifting in Assetto Corsa can be lots of fun, but also incredibly tricky to do.

Drifting is essentially maintaining control of the car while you intentionally oversteer, giving you a very pleasing slip angle around corners. It's an extremely popular aspect of street racing culture in Japan, and it looks pretty cool, too.

But how do you drift in Assetto Corsa? We're here to show you how!

Starting and maintaining a drift

First things first, you should know that you can pick any car to drift in Assetto Corsa - as long as it has enough power to spin the rear wheels and get you sideways. However, you should avoid picking a high powered car until you've got the hang of things!

Drifting isn’t at all about speed, it’s about control. You’re going to want to watch your speed as you enter a corner; going into a corner too fast, regardless of your use of the handbrake, will cause you to spin out, miss the turn, or go too wide.

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Simply, as you corner, pull the handbrake and steer into the turn. As the wheels begins to slip, immediately start counter steering. Don't counter it too much, as you’re only trying to balance the angle of the car through the bend.

Make sure you're lightly touching the throttle to maintain speed. To hold a drift, you need to maintain the accelerator and the counter-steer to keep the car sideways.

This is, of course, a very simple guide. Drifting takes plenty of practice, and can be frustrating a first!

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