9. Mazda MX5
Cheap as chips – that’s all I’m going to say.
Let’s go with the first generation. They cost next to nothing and is a good choice as a starter drift car. It has 50:50 weight distribution so you can really learn the skill and not get into too much bother. In production from 1989, the original Mazda MX5 featured a 1.6-litre dual overhead cam inline four-cylinder engine, with a power output of around 115bhp and 100ft lb. of torque at 5,500rpm, which, I know, may seem like nothing, but in a car so light (sub 1000kg) and so well-balanced, it’s really not a bad thing.
I’ve highlighted the mk1, but the mk2 is also available for a decent wedge. Anything newer than the mk2 and the weight goes up to well over 1000kg.
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