Drift cars are generally light to moderate in weight and a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) usually coupes, hatch-back, sedans offering a huge range of power levels. In case you’re looking to get into drifting, you’ll likely have questions like how to begin drifting if you have a low budget to buy any rear-wheel drive (RWD), You have two options either you buy a ready-made project or made it from scratch but keep in mind if you made from scratch than it takes too much your time and money. We suggest you buy a ready-made project and now it’s up to you. Below is the list of low-budget drift cars you can buy for under 15 Lakhs.
1. Toyota Corolla (KE70) 1980 to 1983:
Toyota Corolla ke70 model 1980 to 1983 which is usually known as KE70 is one of the best budget Rear Wheel Drive here in Pakistan, a lot of modified swapped ke70 available in every city. You have various options in the engine to swap KE70, you can put 3SGE Beams, 3SGTE, SR20DET, 1JZ-GTE, 2JZ-GTE, and many other options even you can swap 1UZ-FE V8 engine on it.
You can buy this car starting from 1 Lakhs to 4 Lakhs depending on condition and specs.
2. Toyota Starlet (EP60/EP61) 1979 to 1982:
Toyota Starlet Ep60 and Ep61 were the late 70s or start of 80s model RWD car and one of the best drift cars, fall in the category of low budget drift cars. It is available in both trims, two doors four-seater, and four-door four-seater. It’s a lightweight car and can be your daily driving. You can swap it with 4AGE, 7AFE, 3SFE, 4EFTE, 3SGTE, and your Drift car is ready. It is a perfect hatch-back drift car if you are a beginner in drifting. It will be an ideal drift car in Low budget, it will start from 1,50 Lakhs to 3,50 Lakhs depending on condition and specs.
3. Toyota Cressida (MX32) 1977 to 1980:
Toyota Cressida MX32 was the late 70s model from 1977 to 1980. If you want to buy Cressida MX32 then you must do some struggle to get this iconic machine. Once you find this gem you will definitely feel the real joy of drift and vintage classic car. You have various options of swapping MX32 Cressida like you can swap it with 3SGE Beams, 3SGTE, SR20DET, 1JZ-GTE, 2JZ-GTE, 1UZ-FE V8, 7M-GE, and so on. People who are selling this car demand from 2,50 Lakhs to 4 Lakhs depending on their condition and specs.
4. BMW E30 1981 to 1987:
The BMW E30 from the model 1981 to 1987 was “the Ultimate Driving Machine”. They were overengineered, lightweight, exuberant, styling was rigid and the slim pillars. BMW E30 is a German beauty having a wide engine room. Keep in mind it’s really hard to find one E30 from the model 1981 to 1987 in the market, you can even get an almost genuine E30 or swapped it depends on.
In E30, you also have various options of swapping like you can swap 1JZ-GTE, 2JZ-GTE, 1JZ-GE, 2JZ-GE, M50, M52, S50, S52, 1UZ-FE V8, and so on. You can get this drift machine in the price bracket of 6 Lakhs to 12 Lakhs depending on their condition and specs.
5. Toyota Mark II 1972 to 1976:
It was one of the classic pioneer production of Toyota. Toyota Mark II 1972 to 1976 is Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) Car one of the best in the list of drift cars. Mark II has a lot of capabilities of modification and customization, It also gives a look of a muscle car, numerous enthusiast changes the look of Mark II into some dodge challenger or dodge charger.
If we talk about engine swapping then you have an option to swap a wide variety of engines in it, for example, 1UZ-FE V8, 1JZ-GTE, 2JZ-GTE, 1JZ-GE, 2JZ-GE 3SFE, 1.8 diesel(1C), and much more. A good swapped Mark II available in between 3 Lakhs to 5 Lakhs depending on their condition and specs.
6. BMW E36 1992 to 1998:
The BMW E36 3-Series generation was launched in 1992 and was the third generation following the iconic BMW E30. The E36 was bigger, heavier, more spacious, and more luxurious than the car it replaced. Overall, the BMW E36 3 Series is a great drift machine. Thanks to its delicious hydraulic steering, it’s inexpensive, fun to drive, and good-looking, while still being a sweet slice of old-school BMW. The body variants you may get are the coupe and sedan.
In E36, you also have various options of swapping like you can swap 1JZ-GTE, 2JZ-GTE, 1JZ-GE, 2JZ-GE, M50, M52, S50, S52, 1UZ-FE V8, and so on. You can get this drift machine in the price bracket of 7 Lakhs to 13 Lakhs depending on their condition and specs.
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7. Mazda Rx-8 2003 to 2012:
Mazda RX-8 was introduced in 2003 so, far the best car in the list of drift cars. It is a front-engine rear-wheel-drive coupe sports car available in both manual and automatic variants. In many aspects, the Mazda RX-8 is a special sports car, a two-plus-two with half-doors for better access to the rear seats and a rotary engine undercarriage. While more power could be used by the rotary, its lightweight endows the RX-8 with a near-perfect balance and brilliant transient response. It guzzles both fuel and gasoline, sadly.
Since, Rotary Engine in Mazda Rx-8 is not like a piece of cake to maintain that’s why car enthusiast owners of Rx8 will swap it with 1JZ-GTE, 2JZ-GTE, Beams 2000, 1UZ W58,1G-FE, 3SGE Beams, 3SGTE, SR20DET. Keep in mind when you are about to swap Rx8 then you also need to work on suspension, tires as well as shocks, sway bars, bump steer kits, these all help with weight distribution It all depends on the investment you make in your project.
Compared to the other cars in the same class available on the local market, the price of the Mazda RX8 is highly competitive. You can get Mazda Rx-8 starting from 10 lakhs to 15 lakhs depending upon its condition, model, and specs.
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So, above you read the list of all low-budget drift cars. Hope it helps you a lot to choose your upcoming project wisely!
All the passion of drifting aside, you must take precautions first whenever you are about to drift, do it in the proper place where no traffic, no walkers and have enough space. Please take care of yourself and others it’s all about you.