7 September 2017

The Ford Focus RS has a drift mode. The Toyota GT86 is a naturally drifty kind of car. But which, with some subtle modifications, is the driftiest of them all?

This Ford Focus RS comes with a Mountune power kit, giving the Focus yet more power to make the most of its fancy 'Drift Mode'.

The Toyota GT86 we've got here comes with an adjustable damper kit - which can make the front suspension incredibly soft and the rear incredibly firm - to try and make this one-off Initial D-inspired GT86 even more sideways.

Join our tame drivers, Mauro Calo, a former drift world record holder, and Matt Prior, "the worst car reviewer on the internet", as they find out which 'drift mode' really does the business.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior
Title: Editor-at-large

Matt is Autocar’s lead features writer and presenter, is the main face of Autocar’s YouTube channel, presents the My Week In Cars podcast and has written his weekly column, Tester’s Notes, since 2013.

Matt is an automotive engineer who has been writing and talking about cars since 1997. He joined Autocar in 2005 as deputy road test editor, prior to which he was road test editor and world rally editor for Channel 4’s automotive website, 4Car. 

Into all things engineering and automotive from any era, Matt is as comfortable regularly contributing to sibling titles Move Electric and Classic & Sports Car as he is writing for Autocar. He has a racing licence, and some malfunctioning classic cars and motorbikes. 

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nicebiscuit 7 September 2017

Dammit you're right about it being 50bhp short

Must get that turbo fitted to mine...  But if the track had been damp you could get all the lairy power oversteer fun you want...  Also worth noting that the tyres on those glorious Watanabe replicas on that initial D car are slightly wider than stock.

No surprise a Focus RS can see it off - hell a Fiesta ST can (and would be closer in character), but would I swap?   No....  Having too much fun going slowly sideways...