Wat is driften?

Driften zou je het beste kunnen omschrijven als het gecontroleerd dwars glijden met een auto en is dé ultieme vorm van voertuig beheersing. De bestuurder stuurt de auto in een vloeiende beweging dwars glijdend door een bocht. Het klinkt eenvoudig maar is het zeker niet.

Het driften in Nederland groeit enorm. Het is de jongste en snelst groeiende tak van autosport! Het geeft een enorme kick als je je auto onder de meest extreme omstandigheden onder controle weet te houden.

Een niet te onderschatte voordeel is dat iemand die het driften beheerst in het normale verkeer beter onverwachte situaties de baas kan. De auto heeft tenslotte minder verrassingen voor de bestuurder!

Drifttechnieken (Engels)

All techniques originally developed and laid out by Keuchi Tsuchiya

Kansei Drift: this is performed at race speeds, when entering a high speed corner a driver lifts his foot off the throttle while slightly turning into a corner to induce a mild over steer and then balances the drift through steering, braking and throttle motions. (note: the car that is being used for this style of drift should be a neutral balanced car therefore the over steer will be induce when this technique is applied, if the car plows through any turn this technique will not work)

Braking Drift: this is performed by braking before a corner while starting to turn in, vary the brake petal until loss of grip is obtained and then balance the over steer through steering and throttle motions.

Faint Drift: this is performed by rocking the car towards the opposite direction of a turn and then using the rebound of grip to throw the car into the normal cornering direction. (note: this is heavy rally racing technique used to change vehicle attitudes during cornering)

Shift-Lock: this is performed by letting the revs drop upon downshift into a corner and then releasing the clutch to put stress on the driveline to slow the rear tires inducing over steer. (this is like pulling the E-brake through a turn – note: this is best to be performed in the wet to minimize damage to the driveline etc)

Dirt Drop Drift: this is performed by dropping the rear tires off the road into the dirt to maintain or gain drift angle if losing power. (note: this technique is very useful for low horsepower cars, also good show move to produce a dirt rooster tail).

Jump Drift: in this technique the rear tire on the inside of a turn or apex is bounced over a rumble strip to help lose traction resulting in over steer

Choku Dori: this is done by pulling the E-brake through a strait to start a high angel drift and to hold this angle to set up for the turn ahead. (note: this can only be done at high speed)

Manji: this is a slow swaying faint like drift where the rear end sways back and forth down a strait.

Power Over: this is performed when entering a corner and using full throttle to produce heavy over steer (tail slide) through a turn.

Side Brake Drift: this technique is very basic, pull the E-Brake or (side brake) to induce rear traction loss and balance drift through steering and throttle play. (note this can also be used to correct errors or fine tune drift angles).

Clutch Kick: this is performed by depressing the clutch pedal on approach or during a mild drift, then pop the clutch under power to give a sudden jolt through the driveline to upset rear traction.