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Do you think foci have the ability to drift?

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Alright frist do you think a Focus should drift and what exactly do you need to be able to do so (besides suspension)? Also are the cheap mods that can increase hp and torque...im sayin fully built motor and turbo...well fully built motor at least...

Its been bugging me for ever... and im 18 yrs old with a minimum wage job so i dont have alot money...im sure lot people like me will thank you guys for it...[thumb]

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A focus should not be a drift car for one simple reason. Its FWD. If your pockets are deep you can swap a V8 and make it RWD but other than that. no offense, id give up on a dream of drifting your focus.
 

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Even if you have deep enough pockets to do the 4.6 v8 swap, Foci doesn't have that great of a low center of gravity. I'd say very unlikely.
 

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if its any consolation, drifting is the slowest way around a corner, all other factors being equal. It just looks neat, and roasts tires. Oh, and if you screw up you wreck your ride.

If your dead-set on drifting, buy an 89 240SX for like $800, that way when you wreck it you'll still have the focus. [thumb]

EDIT: Alright, I did leave this out: our rear suspension design makes the chassis prone to throttle lift oversteer. The right driver can get the rear to rotate. Now theoretically, if you tuned your suspension for snap-oversteer (this probably wouldnt be very streetable, and would be suicidal in the winter), maybe OEM front sway, steeda 28.6mm rear, with a rear-biased spring set like the Apex (I think those were 150front/200rear?) and stiff rear damping, you could flick the car to get oversteer, then try and get that SPI block to break the front tires. 4 wheels not gripping is technically, I think, drifting. Its not sustainable though, you cant maintain the rotation with throttle cause the wrong axle is spinning. It might look cool, there's a Top Gear episode where they drive the balls off a Cooper S that handles kinda like this, but it sorta goes sideways, its not a drift. Its the closest you'll get, its NOT faster, and it IS dangerous.
 

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Like everyone said your better off getting something RWD thats cheap and have at it. You'll save time ,money, and have a back up car.
 

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Drive the car backwards, then you can drift.
 

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no, drfiting looks cool, but honestly there are cooler motor sports to participate in. try Auto-x
 

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Ummm, i've driffted many times [:D] and boy is it every possible with a focus...... but your more likely to flip than wreck out into something...........

our cars have a sucky center of gravity...... personally if i had known all my options, i would have taken another route, if you careful and attentive, you can get a 93 Rx7 for bout 4k those are fun......... good drift project cars............ me i'm still chasing the ever allusive Rx8.......... but yea, a drifting focus........ lol, that'll be the day.........
 

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Yeah i guess your right but think about it havin a drifting focus.....itll be hard but the rewards are great.... what is this auto x? [?]
 

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Oh believe me, focii do drift hehehe.

btw, I do it all the time in NFS Underground 2 lol.

No seriously, you'd need big tires, about 1.5" drop, sway bars, stress bars, and an engine pushing at least 350hp to get you through the turns.

Also, drifting is very stressful on a car so you'd better be prepared to buy lots of knuckles, tie rods, half axles and especially tires.

Hope you're good at body work for when you slam the sidewalls too.

Good luck [wrenchin]
 

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Copied and pasted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drifting_(motorsport)

Almost any car can be drifted, to a point. The popular cars seen around the world reflect the local flavors and what is commonly available, but center around light to moderate weight, rear-wheel-drive passenger cars with an emphasis on good handling. Japanese cars are often preferred, due to the sport's Japanese origins, but are not necessarily at an advantage. In Japan, the top drift machines are the Nissan Silvia/180SX, Nissan Skyline (RWD versions), Nissan Fairlady Z, Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno and Corolla Levin, Toyota Altezza, Toyota Soarer, Honda S2000, and Mazda RX-7. US drift competitions will feature the local versions of all those cars (such as the Nissan 240SX and Toyota Corolla GT-S) as well as American performance cars such as the Ford Mustang, Dodge Viper and Pontiac GTO. Drifters in other parts of the world often adapt their own local favorites, such as the early Ford Escort (UK and Ireland), BMW 3 Series (other parts of Europe), or Volvo 700 series (Sweden).

There is some debate over whether or not front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicles can drift. By the technical definition (rear wheels slipping at a greater angle than front wheels)[citation needed], they are indeed able to drift. However, many consider FWD vehicles a poor choice for drifting, as the frequent use of the emergency brake (necessary to drift FWD cars) slows them down and makes them harder to control. Also since they use their front tires for both steering and power, the car loses control after a single slide, while RWD cars can drift through consecutive corners. In this way, the definition of drifting is frequently challenged to say that FWD cars cannot "drift," only oversteer. However, some drifters such as Kyle Arai or Keisuke Haketeyama use front wheel drive Honda Civics to drift, and succeed in doing so, sometimes besting their RWD opponents. Theoretically, FWD cars can drift by simply taking a turn without braking and skid into the turn (on the ice, a FWD accomplishes the same and by debated definition "drifts") and by using manji or lift off techniques (see below) to readjust the car coming out of the turn.

AWD vehicles, such as the Subaru Impreza WRX STi, and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution drift at a much different angle and are usually induced by power-over. As the front wheels are also driven on an AWD vehicle there is a noticeable lack of counter steer. D1 and other professional competitions do not allow AWD vehicles.[citation needed] However vehicles like the Impreza and the Lancer are being converted to only use the rear wheels so as to become a RWD car that can compete in drift competitions that prohibit AWD cars.
 

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um I've never seen one rwd evo and prolly never will, their engine
is situated liek a fwd to convert to rear would be possible
but you wouldn't have a evo anymore, but rwd scoobie doos
are common, it already has a rear wheel drive layout
 

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That's not even the point here. You know i didn't write that up, right? I said i copied and pasted it.

So you're saying, if a Focus was converted to a RWD, it wouldn't be a Focus anymore? [confused]
 
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