Drifting – an incredible show which you simply must see!
Drifting is one of the newest, most exciting motorsport types. In the recent times, drifting has been enjoying a massive surge in popularity, which seems to be growing with incredible speed all across the globe. So what’s it all about?
Fancy drifts and driving skills
The point of drifting is to pull off a controlled, oversteered slide called a drift. The driver, using special techniques and skills, manoeuvres the car so it enters a drift, which makes the car lose the traction of either the rear or all wheels. The goal of the driver is to control the drift all the way from the beginning to the end of the corner.
The driver’s driving skill is evaluated with various aspects in mind – such as the speed of the car during the drift, slip angle, stability in connecting individual drifts, the amount of smoke made by the rear tyres and so on. The competition is usually divided into two parts: solo passes called “tansó” and final tandem passes called “tsuisó”. Cars for this sport are all rear-wheel-drive, have a limited-slip differential and, naturally, premium tyres.
History and present day
Where did drifting come from? If you guessed Japan, then you guessed right. It came into existence in the 60s from illegal races known as “touge”. These races were done on serpentine mountain passes, and drifting was used a technique to block the opponent during a race. It was only after some time that drifting actually became a competition discipline of its own. Japan held the first official competition, and the contemporary D1 Grand Prix competition is the most prestigious drifting competition today.
Europe famously holds the King of Europe and British Drift Championship competitions. When it comes to car brands, there’s a significant favour in Japanese cars, such as Nissan, Mazda, Toyota, Subaru or Mitsubishi, but some European cars are favoured as well – mostly BMW.
Check out the video
First and foremost, drifting is an immensely spectacular show. Check it out right here: