Drift Culture

Each driver instinctively imagines himself as a master racer when they are behind the steering wheel. However, these dreams are usually based on drift with the effect of cinema industry. We have all seen drifting in car themed movies in the film industry. But have you ever thought about how the drift was found and how it was made? In this article, we will take a closer look at the history and details of the drift culture.

Drift Culture

What is Drift?

Drift is a driving technique that allows the rear of the vehicle to be maneuverer in curves by sliding in a controlled manner. This technique was created in the past to allow the vehicle to move smoothly on hard and difficult bends on Japan's mountain roads. Today, although drift was made with special vehicles for show purposes, it was a technique used in harsh road conditions in the past. Drifting in public roads is very dangerous and is known to damage various parts of the vehicle. You also need a rear wheel drive vehicle to drift. What's more, the car needs to have a powerful engine and special 17-inch tires which has thin sidewalls.


Drift Techniques

1.) Handbrake

It is the most popular and widely used technique among the drifting types. The clutch of the vehicle is forced to the limit and the driver uses the handbrake to allow the vehicle to slide when the vehicle is cornering. When the vehicle is in the proper position, the driver loads into the gas and drifts. This technique should be applied to manual gearbox vehicles.


2.) Brake

The speed of the vehicle is kept at the appropriate level by the driver before entering the curve. With a hard brake, the rear part of the vehicle is shifted when cornering. When the vehicle is drifting, the driver adjusts the gas balance to prevent the vehicle from skidding.


3.) Clutch

The driving power of the vehicle is gradually reduced, and the torque is increased. Then the driver releases the clutch. Thus, the vehicle starts to slip by skidding. While this technique is an indispensable element of the drift shows, it is not preferred and recommended for cornering.


4.) Speed

Another drift technique places serious importance on speed of the vehicle and sharpness of curve. When the vehicle reaches the required speed, the driver begins to turn the vehicle carefully. As the vehicle continues to rotate, with the support of the centrifugal force, the vehicle rotates and corners successfully.


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