Top Rated RC Drift Chassis From $150-$400 Top Rated RC Drift Chassis From $150-$400
DriftMission has been working on a listing of the best top rated RC Drift chassis. We are often asked to provide our opinion on... Top Rated RC Drift Chassis From $150-$400

DriftMission has been working on a listing of the best top rated RC Drift chassis. We are often asked to provide our opinion on the best RC Drift chassis available for certain price ranges. Below we have compiled a listing of what we believe to be the top rated RC Drift chassis available on the market. These listings have been compiled based on a number of factors including but not limited to cost, quality, availability, spare parts, option parts, countersteer options, adjustability. The listings are broken down in 3 categories the under $150, $150-$400, and $400 and over price range. This post is the second in a series of three that will cover those RC Drift chassis available from $150-$400 US Dollars.

The TOP 3 RC Drift Chassis rated by DriftMission.com from $150-$400 US Dollars

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    1. MST MS-01D Pro
    2. Eagle R31-FM
    3. Yokomo Drift Package Type-C

RC Drift Chassis from $150-$400 US Dollars

 

Max Speed Technology MS-01D Pro

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Good

Bad

  • Competitively priced
  • Available countersteer options
  • Many option parts
  • Spare parts
  • Very adjustable (camber, caster, toe)
  • Limited battery options (height)
  • Limited CS options (2.0 max)
  • Higher end of price range
The MS-01D Pro is priced at the higher end of this price range, but is very well equipped. The chassis comes with many adjustments that are not included in others without option parts. The Pro edition is equipped with some hop-ups for greater performance than the MS-01D S edition. This chassis is now becoming very popular among drifters everywhere.

MST MS-01D Carbon Fiber Upgrade Kit
 

Eagle Racing R31-FM

 

 

Good

Bad

  • Inexpensive
  • Large option parts selection
  • Spare parts
  • Front motor belt drive chassis
  • Countersteer options
  • Damper stays are 2.5mm so prone to flex
  • Rear belt is long
  • Limited tensioning options
  • Not easy to maintain front differential and layshaft
  • Capable of high CS rate (greater than 2.0)
Eagle racing has been an aftermarket manufacturer for Tamiya and Street Jam chassis for a couple of years now. After making pretty much every part to replace the popular Street Jam R31 chassis, they decided to create their own front motor chassis based on the R31 design. This R31-FM is the first full Eagle Racing chassis to hit the market. It is very inexpensive for the amount of aluminum and carbon fiber included. The downside of the front motor configuration is the amount of time it requires to maintain and disassemble the front bulkhead section.

Eagle Racing R31-FM Front Motor chassis Kit or Full Assemble Driftmission (3)

 

Tamiya VDF II

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Good

Bad

  • 3 belt setup
  • Potential for countersteer
  • Latest Tamiya drift option parts
  • Limited edition Tamiya
  • Expensive option parts
  • No CS options from Tamiya
  • Too much plastic for the price
Tamiya has always been a well known brand in the RC industry. Their products are always sought after and often become collector items once discontinued. This is the latest evolution of the initian VDF, now equipped with a 3 belt drive system. This new drivetrain allows for more countersteer options, however Tamiya has failed in providing countersteer kits for their chassis. Your only hope are aftermarket option part makers like Eagle Racing, or RC Square. Tamiya does have an optional “Drift Spec” upgrade for greater steering angle, and is somewhat helpful. The only real problem with this chassis is genuine Tamiya parts are expensive, otherwise quite capable.

Tamiya TA-05 VDF II

 

Yokomo Drift Package Type-C Special

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Good

Bad

  • Inexpensive
  • Available countersteer options
  • Variety of option parts
  • Parts are not always easy to find (region dependent)
  • Plastic
  • Requires upgrades for adjustability
  • Torque Steer
  • Rear motor setup only from Yokomo
Yokomo has always been at the forefront of RC Drifting. The Drift Package series has always been a great beginner package and the Type C is an upgraded edition of that chassis. This much improved version has more upgrades for better adjustability and tuneability. The only big problem is the torque steer in the rear motor shaft drivetrain. Torque steer has traditionally been a problem with shaft driven chassis, however they are more versatile for outdoor and rugged terrain drifting. The Yokomo DP Type C is a good platform for the intermediate drifters. The traditional Drift Package can also be upgraded to the Type C through a series of upgrades.

Yokomo Drift Package Type C DriftMission (1)

 

HPI Racing Sprint 2 Drift

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Good

Bad

  • Cheap
  • Available in RTR
  • Lots of spare parts
  • Comes with Formula Drift livery options and bodies
  • Plastic
  • No countersteer options
  • Low steering angle
  • Not ideal for CS drift
  • Bad design (interference of belts to electronics)
This chassis was based from an old HPI RS4 belt drive chassis design. It was rehashed to be more modern but falls short of its goal. This looks like a patch work so that it can suit the purpose for HPI could get into the RC Drift market. The only winning factor about this chassis is the easy to get spares and option parts in North America. It is widely available in most local hobby stores and with a decent RTR package to get anyone started. This chassis has no factory countersteer options, any available out there are custom modifications to work. This can be a good way to get started, but if you get serious into the RC Drift world, it is definitely not ideal.

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Street Jam OTA-R31

 

 

Good

Bad

  • 3 belt drive
  • Available countersteer options
  • Variety of option parts
  • Variety of spare parts
  • Good adjustability
  • In-line battery position
  • Official Street Jam parts are expensive
  • Not easy to get outside of Asia
  • Many clone manufacturers and parts
  • High CS ratio capability (greater than 2.0)
The Street Jam OTA-R31 is a very interesting chassis. This was a very popular chassis during its introduction due to the longitudinal motor position. Being one of the first to utilize this battery orientation really aided its popularity. The 3 belt drive was also a very good system for countersteer CS modified drifters. This chassis has inspired many manufacturers to produce chassis with this type of battery orientation. This chassis is so popular that it has even inspired clone makers to produce it. The difference in quality is from the TEH vs OTA is quite different, do not be fooled by the similar look, get the genuine one for an adequate representation of this chassis.

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Tamiya TB-03 VDS

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Good

Bad

  • Front motor configuration
  • Limited edition chassis
  • Many aftermarket option part manufacturers
  • Official Tamiya gear
  • Torque steer
  • Expensive Tamiya parts
  • No factory countersteer options
  • Weakness in front center shaft
  • CS limited at 2.0
The Tamiya TB-03 VDS is the shaft equivalent of the VDF chassis. This is the highest end Tamiya shaft drive RC Drift chassis. This is the adaptation of the TB-03 series into a drift oriented chassis. The front motor position is an improvement over the traditional rear motor TB-03. Like the VDF, this will likely be a limited edition item once discontinued. Again Tamiya chassis suffer from lack of genuine countersteer options, only aftermarket parts available. This is a nice chassis to look at, but is too much plastic for its cost.

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MST XXX-D Pro

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Good

Bad

  • Front motor shaft drive
  • FRP chassis and parts
  • Countersteer options from MST
  • Variety of option parts
  • Variety of spare parts
  • Front or rear motor configuration (option parts change)
  • Torque steer
  • Lack of countersteer options
  • Priced at higher end of this class
  • CS still limited at 2.0
The XXX-D is MST’s attempt at a shaft driven RC Drift chassis. This chassis is very well designed with a very narrow chassis plate. This chassis has been designed to perform just as good or better than other shaft driven chassis in this class. MST also provides many countersteer CS options for this chassis. Setup with high angle steering and driveshafts, this chassis comes more capable than other chassis of this class. The value out of the box is very impressive and worth nothing.

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Let us know what you think! Stay tuned for the final post of the most expensive chassis around!

 

 

DriftMission.com Staff