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its possible to drift without any mods. I did it with just clear corners (LOL!) but and who, rear wheel drive vehicles are great for drifting. It sure was fun and scared the **** out of my passengers when I drifted turning at in intersection
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Drifting is really the same as track time when you hit the limits of the car, you are just going over that, and putting a little stress on the suspension and drivetrain, not much more than normal driving on the streets through corners.... unless you hit bumps or berms while drifting.... that's the same as whacking a curb at speed in the city.
Most of it is just sliding on the tires, so probably less wear than autox, which IMHO is not that hard on a car.
I saw CZ at driftday with his 8. The instructor did a pretty good job drifting his car but since the weight ratio is so even it looks like its easy to spin out. The guy that made the drift bible said it was harder to drift cars with 50/50 weight ratio. The guy in the top gear rx8 review did a good job though.