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How do you drift?

How do you drift?

Drifting is quickly becoming a staple in the racing scene in America. Originally started in Japan, this type of racing is something everyone can do, no matter how expensive your car is, or what kind of setup you have, but takes much practice to master it. Many original drifters do this around mountain roads where the turns are sharp, but you need to be a master to do this and not end up on the bottom of the mountain. Below we’ll explain a little bit more about drifting and what you need to do in order to drift your car.

What is drifting?
Drifting is the fine art of controlled chaos. Basically, you take turns in your car by sliding through them, almost sideways. It’s a complex way of forcing your car to be out of control while controlling it the entire time. If the drifter is really good, they can take a few turns in a row, and slide through all of them.

How do you drift?
Drifting is easy to do, but it’s hard to get it controlled. First, you need to have a car that will allow you to drift. The easiest would be with a car that is rear wheel drive, or rwd. If you try to drift with a FWD or a front wheel drive or an AWD all wheel drive, it would be a lot harder for you to do this, as you need the rear wheels to kick out. With a RWD car, you can try the clutch technique. The way you do the clutch technique to start a drift, is to push in the clutch, and shift into second or third gear. Rev up the motor, and quickly turn your car away from the turn, then jerk it back toward the turn, and then pop the clutch to cause the rear wheels to spin. If you do this correctly, your car will be sliding along the turn, and you have now lost traction. The trick here is to hold the start of this, in order to cause a drift. Keep your foot planted on the gas, and regulate the wheel spin with the throttle. Don’t let the wheels stop spinning, all while keeping the car sliding through the turn. Once you reach the end of the turn your car should be able to either start another drift toward another turn, or continue forward. The other method is to use your e-brake. This method is for people who have a front wheel drive FWD car, and can’t get the rear wheels to spin. If you are trying to be a drifter with a FWD, we highly recommend to do this with a rear wheel drive car. with the e-brake, you would pull up on the e-brake when you are ready to start the slide, and follow the same directions as above.

What cars are good for drifting?
The best car for drifting would be something that is rear wheel drive, and preferrably light and tossable. Because many times people can get into accidents and hit the wall, we recommend to drift with a car that is not very expensive. A good car for drifting that is also very popular, is a Nissan 240SX. Because this car is inexpensive, has many available performance parts, and many engine options, it’s our favorite drifer. We also recommend the Toyota Corolla AE86, Ford Mustang, Mazda RX7, Nissan 350Z, and other similar rear wheel drive sport cars and sport compacts.

Are there any requirements to be a drifter?
As long as you have a drivers license, you can be a drifter. Men and women all do this, and it’s a very fun type of racing.

Where can I drift?
Every county has their own places for legal drifting. We do not recommend drifting illegally, as it can harm you and others. Some cities might have special times when you can test your drifting around an abandoned parking lot, but usually the best place is the drifting circuit. You have to pay to get in, but you get to learn better about your car because you are on a real race track. It’s also safe and lots of fun to do on a weekend with your friends.

What kind of mods do I need to drift?
There are not too many requirements, as just about anyone can drift with a RWD car, but there are aftermarket parts that can make it much easier for your car to drift controllably. We recommend to first learn how your car handles before modifying, and then working on the trouble areas. We recommend a good coilover kit, lightweight wheels, and tires that allow you to break them loose. Focus on the handling before you start adding power, because the more powerful the car is, the harder it will be for you to master. Start low and work your way up.

Is drifting the fastest way around a corner?
Drifting is not the fastest way around a corner, but it’s the most fun. :)

Drifting Glossary

Here are some common terms you might hear in the drifting community.

AE86 – The AE86 is an 1984-1987 Toyota Corolla GTS RWD that is also called a Hachiroku.
Chicane – The chicane is a series of quick left to right and right to left turns, sometimes known as an s turn.
Countersteer – When you countersteer you are balancing and maintaining your oversteer, and basically turning your steering wheel in the opposite directon of the turn once the vehicle goes into an oversteer.
D1 – D1 refers to the D1 Grand Prix which is an All Japan professional drifting competition.
Donut – When your car spins around in a circle during a burnout.
Drift King – Keiichi Tsuchiya is known as the drift king, or the living legend of drifting.
Drift Run – This refers to the car or truck going through the drift course at the time.
E Braking – Using your e brake to start a drift.
Exhibition Drift – Basically, doing show off moves while drifting such as opening the door, one hand drifting, hanging out the window, etc.
Heel-Toe – This type of driving is when you are pressing your left foot on the clutch while the right foot presses on the brake with the toes and the heel is used on the gas pedal to rev the engine before downshifting. This allows for smooth downshifting.
Limited Slip Differential (LSD) – Allows both rear wheels to spin at the same time by transfering power to both wheels equally.
Oversteer – Causing the rear of the car to over rotate, which can start a drift.
Powerslide – The ability to use your horsepower to cause a loss of traction to start a drift.
Road Course – A race track that is madeup of straights, corners, and bends. Not the same as an AutoX course which is usually in a parking lot.
Silvia – This is the JDM or Japanese version of the Nissan 240SX, which is one of the most popular drift cars. This comes in S13, S14 or S15 and is available with an SR20DET engine.
Staging Lanes – This is the area where everyone stages to get ready for the race.
Sweeper – A very long turn
Understeer – This is a loss of traction in the front tires where the car is forced to slide forward as opposed to continue through a turn.

D1 Grand Prix Racing Video
We came across this video on YouTube, and are sharing it here for you to get an example of the excitement of D1 Grand Prix Drifing. Enjoy!


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