Chelsea DeNofa is a Formula Drift driver in the top tier Pro category. In Formula Drift, he pilots a Ford Mustang RTR for Vaughn Gittin Jr’s RTR Drift Team. On the side Chelsea has been running a YouTube channel. Where he has a vlog series following him working and having fun with cars during the Formula Drift season and in the offseason. For his most recent video, he shows you how to buy a drift car.
DeNofa brought two top suggestions for a first drift car to San Antonio Speedway to give a rundown of what to look for. He brought an E36 BMW 3-Series and an S13 Nissan 240.
For a start, Chelsea comments that people shouldn’t care too much about what the car looks like. His suggestion is it just needs to pass the 100-foot test. He says there’s no purpose of looking for a car without any dents because, within a few minutes of drifting, it will end up with plenty of dings and scratches.
He recommends looking for a drift car around the $2,500 price point, which both of the cars he brought are in the range of. He mentions there are extremes around that price budget up to $4,000, but at the $2500 price point, you will get a quality car to have fun in. He suggests that you can find a drift car on Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, Facebook groups, or even chatting with people at drift events. In the video, Chelsea goes over a few of the important points to look for and eventually takes both vehicles a for a drift test drive.
Check out Chelsea DeNofa’s How to Buy a Drift Car video below for more of pointers on what to look for when buying a drift car as well as what to look for during the test drive.