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  1. SteveC200

    SteveC200 Used to drift, now I don't.

    Jul 22, 2004
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    Which cars are best for drifting? -
    Practically any rear wheel drive car can be used for drifting, but some are more suitable than others. Have a look at our Drift Cars article for some examples of popular choices.,2.html Add big Nissans/Toyota and volvos.

    I'd like to have a go. What's the best way to get started? -
    The best way to find out what's involved is to have a read through our forum, prepare your car and see what other people are up to. Next, get yourself along to a practice day, we're a friendly bunch and there will be plenty of people on hand to set you in the right direction and make you feel at home.

    When's the next practice day or Drift competition near me? -
    There are a number of different Drift day organisers and approaches, from large open airfields ideal for beginners to more challenging tracks for the more advanced driver. From being left to your own devices to one to one tuition. Then there's the competition events, whether you're interested in spectating or competing. Dates and details of competition and practice days in the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe are all on our drift calendar. All of the event organisers have a representative on our forums to make announcements and answer questions so pop along there and find out more. Update add practice day hosts/tracks and add calender link.

    Doesn't it damage your car? -
    In the long run yes, wear and tear on things like suspension components is certainly increased. Most aftermarket tuning parts we choose are uprated to cope with the extra abuse.

    Also, if you're considering drifting a car, you have to be prepared for some bodywork damage at some point. Each time you come away completely unscathed, consider it a bonus. Even the top drivers will have "Drift scars" on their cars. It's just part of the learning process.

    What's the point of it all? -
    The main point, and one that we can't stress enough is to have fun. Drifting is hugely enjoyable and is really rewarding when you get it right. In competition, the aim is to gain the highest score for your run which is judged on many different factors, but essentially your speed, drift angle, racing line and style are the main criteria. The next stage is Tsuiso or battle drift where you go head to head with another car.

    Do I need lots of expensive equipment for Drifting? -
    No, not at all. Initially you can have a go, learn and get a very good feel for the sport in a standard RWD car. Once you feel like you're being held back by something and can recognise what it is and why, then maybe it's time to upgrade. All you need for most practice days is a helmet and some spare wheels and tyres. Once you move up to large competition events you may find it difficult to be competitive without a certain level of tune (bucket seat, good locking diff, coilovers, adjustable suspension and plenty of power) but there are always cost effective options here and in Motorsport terms we're talking about a relatively cheap setup.
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