well, getting familiar with the drifting mechanism is the imperative thing. The mechanism pushes your cars sensitivity level right out the window - its almost 200% more responsive in drift modes than in regular street racing modes. I wouldn't jump the gun and go straight for the canyon drifts firstly. Everyone needs to learn the basics first - on the drift TRACKS. Canyons are for the big boys only.
How do you get familiar? Well it isnt a cut-and-dry situation. There are many factors involved in getting a good score on drifting. Tuning is one. Here is the recommended setup for drifting. When purchasing performance mods, set the mods on these settings:
Engine - Set it on full torque Transmission - full acceleration Suspension - full oversteer NOS - full velocity Tires - Drift Brakes - Evenly biased (middle) Turbo - middle
Now, select a tier 2 tuner and set it up with these settings. In quick race mode, select Kimei Temple drift track in the downtown section. Then choose your tier 2 tuner in car select.
Now, you need to get a feel of the car when all the physics are thrown out of whack. Start off, and use NOS to propel yourself into the blue "speed bonus" zone. Aim for an overall score of 25,000. Then go for 50,000 , then 75,000 etc. Once you acheive 250,000 , you're all set for the canyon. the canyon works on the same principles of the tracks, with the exceptions of no bonus zones, a narrower and more difficult line to find and jutting rocks. These canyons are definitely no cake-walk, so its imperative that you focus on the tracks first.