What's drift cars are out there

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  1. DouglasB

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    I've been racking my brains for the last couple weeks, I currently drive and love mx5's. I've had an s13 and a soarer but at the end of the day I still prefer my mk1 for drifting. It suits my style more and I just generally like how easy they are to fix and how cheap they are to fix.

    Next year I'm looking to get my BDC license but I can't imagine doing it in a 1.6 mx5. Does anyone have any ideas on what I could go for next?
    Only thing that comes to my mind is an engine swap 5 (I'd be looking for a decent bit over 200bhp), turbo'd 1.8 mx5 or an engine swap ae86 or an r32/s13 on the larger end of the scale
    All cars that are well set up all seem to be big buses these days or a BMW which I refuse to buy (no offense to any BMW lovers, just not my thing)
     
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    you dont get bdc licenses now, you compete in drift cup first.


    why dont you stick with the mx5, turbo it or stick the biggest engine you can in if you have the capacity.
     
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    I'd stick to a MX5 personally too.
    Even with 200bhp you'd not have an issue at all IMO driven right.
     
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    He has a fair point :) SR the MX?
    Bearing in mind, there's a lad professionally drifting a turbo MX in Germany.
    Plenty of room in the bay for chunky V8s etc

    Keeps the best parts of the MX5, cheap components, easy to fix, fun to drive :)
     
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    Most pointless conversion ever.

    Stick to the Mazda BP engine, it's fine.

    TBF for DriftCup a stock internals 1.6 turbo conversion, done well, would be fine.
     
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    Ahh you guys are just saying what I wanted to say all along. Probably just stick with the mx5. The one I have at the mo is very good in regards to not being a rusty pile. Just hard to justify £1500-2000 to get an extra 50/60 bhp out the 1.6 with a turbo kit :( (I'm no mechanical wizz to do it on a 1k budget)

    I really fancied doing a CA mx5 but couldn't find enough about it apart from people dreaming of it like 2008/2011. Personally feel they are a really underrated engine

    So rather than a license day, enter driftcup, do well, enter bdc?
     
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    Turbocharging the 1.6 or 1.8 will be cheaper, more effective, and more reliable, than an engine swap.
     
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    Just spoke to a mate of mine who has the VVT 1.8 mx5. He's gonna keep the car for me until the summer holidays, I buy it, we completely strip it, use everything on my mk1, boost it, hello death by smoke inhalation... sort of
     
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    50-60hp gain??
    My 140hp mk2 now runs almost double the power lol.
    Realistically it's 2k when you factor in a decent clutch and a decent map.
     
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    Yeah that's on a 1.8. I was on about a 1.6 mate

    Then afterwards I was saying I've spoken to a mate and I'm gonna get his 1.8 and boost that so it's justifiable
     
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    My mate, has a stock 1.6 motor with td04, 440cc injectors, and mega squirt ecu.
    210hp at the wheels
     
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    Really? That's decent. He ever had any problems with the diff or shafts?
     
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    He's got a 4.3 torson that's holding up well. It could do with an oil change.
    He's stock clutch is on it's last legs.

    My 1.8 turbo is 230hp at the wheels.
    Done I think 8 drift days with it, 3 with a torsen and the rest with a welder.
    Only problem I've had with the running gear is damper on the diff came loose and wreaked my gearbox.
    All sorted now and going to remove the damper on any diff we run.
     
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    Sweet! Sounds good! Always nice to know you can rely on a 5 :D
     

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