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How to Drift in Forza Horizon 5: Best Tips and Tricks

We've put together a comprehensive guide on how to drift your way into the winner's circle in Forza Horizon 5.
We've put together a comprehensive guide on how to drift your way into the winner's circle in Forza Horizon 5. / Playground Games, Xbox Game Studios

We've put together a comprehensive guide on how to drift your way into the winner's circle in Forza Horizon 5.

Drifting is a classic technique in racing that allows drivers to essentially slide around corners and right themselves at the end of the turn without sacrificing momentum. It's one of the more common techniques and has been applied in several racing games from realistic titles like Forza to Nintendo's Mario Kart.

The actual act of drifting is equally as simple to pull off. As one famous racer once put it: you turn so hard right you end up going left.

How to Drift in Forza Horizon 5

Here's how to start drifting:

  • Upon approaching a corner, sharply make the turn and apply the brake in the same motion.
  • Immediately reverse direction, turning away from the corner, and hit the gas.

This is the most difficult part to master. Knowing how much space to give yourself as well as when to start the drift are two key factors even the most intuitive driver will only learn with time and practice. Additionally, each course is different, so don't be discouraged if you're having trouble on a brand new track.

To keep the drift going, simply keep on the gas and slowly turn the wheel back in the direction you'd like to go. Some players recommend applying various pressure on the gas pedal, but either method seems to work to the same effect. We encourage drivers to find the mode that works for them.

Drifting is ideal for players looking to catch up to the pack, put some distance between them and those behind them, or simply give off a cool and thrilling aesthetic on the track.

Forza Horizon 5 is currently available on PC and Xbox One/Series S|X,