Hi, a newbie to the forum.
I love the car videos that Autocar do and would love to see a Clio V6 255 in a ''Will it Drift''. It would make a interesting challange.
What do people think?
Will it Drift?
I think it will.
Hi Blakey, welcome to the forum!
I think a V6 Clio will most definitely drift because it's RWD and has 255bhp. However, last week's test with the Renault Twizy was cheating - you can't use a soaking wet skidpan! You could drift a mobility scooter on that. Well, the Twizy is basically a jumped-up mobility scooter anyway. But still, normal surface conditions ought to apply.
RWD but very short wheel base, no steering lock and high traction. Easier on a wet skid pan but Steve should try it in the dry. Come on Steve.
I think Steve should try drifting a four-wheel-drive car, as he'll obviously want some power going to the rear wheels unless he intends to do some lift-off oversteer. How about something like a Skoda Yeti or a Lada Niva?
Well, the surface can make things a lot easier. There is a square in Turin centre paved with Sanpietrini that gets very quiet and desolated in the night, it was my favorite drift spot when I was 18 or 19. They get very slippery just with a bit of dew in the air and the surface is also slightly undulated resulting in unxpected thrills. I made never ending slides with a modestly powered Mercedes W124 estate there. I test drove the Twizy weeks ago in Turin in a hot day and I'd say it isn't particularly inspiring for a slide, the great part of the weight feels too close to the centre of gravity of the car but I didn't try hard to provoke it.
The Twizy is still fun and agile but I was expecting a greater and better power delivery and refinement. I mean, when a big car maker makes such a vehicle it doesn't have to feel like a more agile golf caddy car...