How to Drift on Assetto Corsa [Beginner Guide]

How to Drift on Assetto Corsa
Author Alessio Lorandi
Alessio Lorandi
December 4, 2021

If you’ve been playing on Assetto Corsa for a while now, you’ve probably seen some epic drifting videos.

Love them or hate them, Drifting in Assetto Corsa is getting more and more popular and the game seems to encourage it by making it easy enough for just about anyone to do.

I figured I’d give a quick guide on how to get started with drifting in order to get the most fun out of your Assetto Corsa experience.

A small disclaimer though, I know how to drift and I like drifting from time to time, but I’m not really addicted to it. 😉

I mean, drifting is drifting and it will always look cool, but if you’re looking to shave tenths of a second off your lap time around your favorite Gt3 track, then me and you have got something in common.

How to Drift on Assetto Corsa [Beginner Guide]

Having said that, let’s get started with our guide on drifting in Assetto Corsa!

Note: This article is written for newbies to drift. I use this term a lot, so let me explain what that means here.

Basically, newbies are people who just want to learn the basics on how to drift. If you have zero interest in learning how to drift, you should skip this article.

If you know how to drift and think it might be easy to do All the Drifting in a couple of minutes in a short guide, then think again before reading on. This is an instruction for beginners.

So, if you’re still interested, read ahead!

These are the main questions that we’re going to answer in this article:

  • Is it easy to drift in Assetto Corsa?
  • Is Assetto Corsa good for drifting?
  • How do you practice drifting in Assetto Corsa?
  • Best Assetto Corsa Drift Cars
  • Best Assetto Corsa Drift tracks
  • You only need to use the handbrake for drifting?
  • Do I need a Steering wheel and pedals?
  • Do I need an H shifter for drifting on Assetto Corsa?
  • Can you drift in Assetto Corsa with a controller?
  • How do you get out of a drift?
  • How do you drift in Assetto Corsa ps4? 

Ok, so let’s get started!

Is it easy to drift in Assetto Corsa?

In short, yes it’s quite simple to drift in Assetto Corsa. The game has been designed in a way that makes drifting accessible to just about anyone.

That being said, you will need some practice if you want to become really good at it.

Is Assetto Corsa good for drifting?

Assetto Corsa is probably the best sim racing software you can get your hands on in terms of drifting.

No, really.

The cars respond extraordinary well to drifting and the tracks are designed in such a way that makes it possible to drift around most of them.

I think that the the AC developers have done an amazing job at making the car and track dynamics feel so realistic.

How do you practice drifting in Assetto Corsa?

“Ok, so I’ve heard it’s pretty easy to drift in Assetto Corsa , but how do I actually learn how to drift?”

Great question! There are a few ways to do this.

The first simple, yet obvious, way is to learn from others by watching some drifting videos on YouTube.

This will give you a basic understanding of how to drift and what it looks like.

The second way is to find a friend who knows how to drift and have them show you the ropes.

The second way, which is probably the best way, is to join a online drifting session with other like-minded individuals.

The third way is to go and download the best drift car and track mods and to start practicing today!

Best Assetto Corsa Drift Cars

Now that we’ve covered the “how”, let’s move onto the “what”.

Choosing a car for drifting is a really important part of getting started with drifting. The first thing you need to understand is that there isn’t just one correct car.

There are several different types of drift cars and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Best Assetto Corsa Drift Cars

The most popular drift cars in Assetto Corsa are the Japanese Silhouette cars, such as the Nissan 240sx and Toyota AE86.

These cars are popular because they are relatively easy to drift and they look cool!

On this website you can consider downloading all the best drifting car mods for FREE! 🙂

To start off, make sure you pick a car that is not too powerful otherwise it will be difficult to control the drift and get out of the drift too.

Best Assetto Corsa Drift Tracks

Now that we’ve covered the “what” and “how”, let’s move on to the “where”.

The best place to practice drifting in Assetto Corsa is on a drift track.

Best Assetto Corsa Drift Tracks

Drift tracks are designed specifically for drifting and they offer a range of different challenges that will help you improve your skills.

Here is a list of some of the best FREE sim racing drift tracks available for Assetto Corsa all from Vosan:

Do youonly need to use the handbrake for drifting?

The handbrake is fundamental to use when drifting, however it should be used in combination with an appropriate amount of steering angle and throttle application.

In most cases, you will want to start your drift with the handbrake applied and then release it as you enter the drift.

If you find that you are struggling to control the car while drifting, then try using a lower amount of handbrake.

So, just use the handbrake when you need it and combine it with the other techniques that I’ve just mentioned.

You’ll see that with some practice you will be able to drift around any track in Assetto Corsa!

Can you drift in Assetto Corsa with a controller?

Actually yes, you can drift in Assetto Corsa with a controller. In fact, many people find that drifting with a controller can be quite simple.

Though I honestly believe it’s much better using a steering wheel and pedals since it will give you the exact feeling of drifting on a real car.

The important thing to remember when using a controller is that you need to use the brake pedal in combination with the handbrake in order to initiate and control the drift.

Do I need a Steering wheel and pedals?

If you want to be able to drift properly in Assetto Corsa then I highly recommend that you get a steering wheel and pedals.

Though it’s possible to use a controller, if you’re willing to invest in some good equipment then it will make drifting much easier.

Do I need a Steering wheel and pedals?

It is only with the right equipment that you’ll really be able to emulate the real feeling of drifting and get you to an other level.

Do I need an H shifter for drifting on Assetto Corsa?

Having an H shifter to your sim racing setup could be a real plus.

The reason behind this is that when drifting it’s important to control the gears, and this can only be done with an H shifter.

How do you get out of a drift?

Okay, so you’ve now got an understanding of how to initiate a drift and how to mantain it, but how do we actually get out of it?

In order to get out of a drift you need to hold down the brake while using small adjustments with the steering wheel and throttle.

You don’t want to jump straight onto the brakes, but rather slowly release the handbrake which gives you more control during your exit from the drift.

The technique for getting out of a drift is pretty much the same for all cars, so just practice it a few times on different tracks and you’ll be able to do it like a pro!

Bottom line:

Alright, congratulations! You’ve now read the complete guide on how to drift in Assetto Corsa.

I hope this article was helpful and that you are now ready to start practicing and improving your drifting skills.

Just remember to use the techniques that I’ve outlined in this article and you’ll be drifting like a pro in no time!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Alessio Lorandi

Alessio has been involved at the highest levels in racing since the age of 5 (2003). He won a CIK-FIA World Championship in 2013 and then raced in F3, F2, and finally GT3s before now dedicating himself to SOLOX. He’s now on a mission to help thousands of sim racers around the world achieve their fullest potential through his ACC setups.






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