How to drift in Gran Turismo 7

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Gran Turismo is back and the Real Driving Simulator has made its way to the PlayStation 5! Gran Turismo 7 has blown our socks off, and you can see exactly why in our full review.

GT7 is about much more than racing, it's about having fun. One of the best ways to enjoy yourself in the game is to give drifting a go. While it may not be the fastest way to round a corner, it requires a lot of skill, time and effort to master. Here's our complete guide to drifting in GT7!

Customising the right car

Before hitting the track, you need to make sure you have the correct car and settings for the job. You can drift in any car if you're good enough, but some are better than others. The best cars in general are the rear-wheel drive Japanese sports cars from the 1990s and 2000s.

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THAT'S MORE LIKE IT: You need the correct car in the right form for drifting in GT7

As for the customisation, you should have it set to be as light, powerful and agile as possible. More power will give you more torque to turn with and a light and agile car will be easier to control.

Practicing drifting

A great circuit to practice drifting is the Tsukuba Circuit (Japan). This track is relatively short as is made up of long, constant radius corners, which is perfect for drifting. Performing the perfect drift is really difficult in GT7, as even the best cars are on a knife-edge when it comes to a slide.

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THE CLASSIC SPOT: Tsukuba is ideal for learning the ropes of drifting

Turning too much spins the car out, not turning enough means you don't get much tyre smoke. When going into a corner, hold a high rev number is a low gear (usually second or third) and steer hard into it. You can use the handbrake (circle on default controls) to turn in slower speed corners, but this is again tricky to perfect.

It's also a good idea to have manual gears enabled, so that the car doesn't shift up and ruin your slide.

Practice makes perfect here though, so just have patience and you will perfect your craft.

There are also drifting tutorials in GT7. Playing these will get you a score for your efforts and rank you against targets set by the game to see whether you pass or not.