Drifting

Drifting is pretty fun. It may be not that easy to master it very well, but it is pretty easy to begin with. Basically, it can be put into 4 steps as follows

  • Donuts
  • Controlling it with counter steering
  • Clutch kicking
  • Handbrake Entry

Personally, I would recommend to drift on snow, that will not burn your tires too much. And it uses totally the same idea.

Before we start it, keep in mind that the way it is going to be talking about relies on a standard (stick shift) with a clutch and a handbrake.

Also, do NOT practice these on public roads. I’d recommend to go somewhere safe and closed, no people around. Let’s get started.

Donuts

The idea basically is getting your car spinning. To do that, put your car in the first gear and roll out, with a good speed that you feel comfortable. It is supposed to be faster and harder than usual. Go straight, when everything is ready, snap your wheel all the way to either left or right and lock it. Keep giving throttle more or less (up and down) depending the feedback of the car and your feeling. Basically, the more throttle you give it, the much easier/faster it will spin. Technically 4,000–5,000 RPMs makes this happen.

Once you get your car spinning, practice more with different speeds, angles to feel how much different each case would be, to let it to be your second nature.

Controlling it with counter steering

It is easy to get it out of control but hard to keep it in control. So getting your car moves as the way you expected is very important. It is really hard to get this skill by reading the text, instead, it needs some practice.

Because when your car spinning or sliding, or in a way of drifting. It basically is a kind of oversteering. One way to control your car or get it back when oversteering happening is counter steering.

Say you come into a left turn, you turn it left, and your car is somehow sliding to the right. Then you are:

steering left to add angle, and right to reduce angle. The is how counter steering works in this case.

The more counter steering you do, the much wider your car will spin/slide.

Clutch kicking

Clutch kick is one of easy ways to get your car sliding (skidding). You drive your car straight with a good speed (a little bit faster than usual ’cause when you kick your clutch, you will lose some speed/power very quickly). When you get into the turn, dip the clutch while steering the wheel and dump it right away, keep the power band at the same time. The car will slide out depending on the angle of your front wheels and the speed.

The idea about this is when the clutch is all in, it disengages the input shaft of the transmission. That means nothing powers or pushes the car forward except its inertial force. Actually because the wheels not locked so it is going to be spinning/sliding. It goes the direction where the inertial force coming from as well as the direction where the front wheels pointing to.

Handbrake Entry

We almost got there, except one more thing. Locking the wheels. Why do we have to because we sometimes want it to be sliding to only one direction where the inertial force going to be rather than both (the other direction mentioned above is because the angles of the front wheels, and it’s not locked). Especially on the trace because it’s too narrow. We usually want the car sliding straight before getting to the corner.

Now we gotta use all of our four limbs for this movement. Basically, making all of the following things happen in the same time. Remember, we always put the clutch in while pulling the handbrake up, ALWAYS. The same idea, drive into the corner, turn the steering wheel with your left hand, give it more throttle than usual, let your clutch all the way in, pull up your handbrake, keep your right foot on the throttle, power through the turn. When the car points to the apex or to where you want it to be, drop the handbrake, then dump the clutch, and keep powering through. There you go.

That’s basically how to drift. Keep in mind, before you starting practice, find somewhere is safe. Then enjoy it. :)

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