Drifting Techniques – How to Drift
One will find a good inclusive list of popular drifting techniques. Some are comparatively easier to do than others. It should be tried to see which one is suitable. Many professional drifters don’t integrate all these techniques into their techniques. It should not be thought to learn all of them to be good in drifting. Although there are some techniques that are needed to know. They are necessary like the ‘heel and toe shifting’. It may help anyhow, although these should be practiced in a safe and legal location.
Drifting Techniques with Clutch
o Shift Lock Drift
While a turn is being approached, the driver downshifts and dropping the rpm to slow down the drive train. The clutch is then released which makes the back wheels to slow down immediately and lock up so they lose traction.
o Heel And Toe Shifting
For initiating this type of technique, as the name suggests, the technique requires the use of heel and toe. The driver is required to press the brakes with the right foot, while at the same time pressing the clutch using the left foot. The toes and the heel slides over to the accelerator for revving the engine up before down shifting the vehicle. With this technique, there will be smooth downshifting without the vehicle being jolted.
o Clutch Kick Drift
While the driver approaches the turn, the clutch is held, the rpm is increased and downshifts. The driver then releases the clutch; it has a smooth effect and makes a power surge that makes the back wheels lose their traction. This is a basic drifting technique.
Brake-Based Drifting Techniques
o Braking Drift
When the driver enters the turn, the brakes are applied to push the car’s weight to the front wheels, it makes the back wheels to rise losing its traction. The driver then uses a combination of braking and shifting for holding the drift without locking up the back wheels.
o E-Brake Drift
This is a basic drifting technique. When the driver enters a turn, he pulls the emergency brake locking the back wheels. He then steers into the turn and the back end swings out causing a drift.
o Long Slide Drift
This is a drifting technique on a long straightaway while approaching a turn. At a high speed of up to 100 mph, the driver pulls the emergency brake initiating a long drift while maintaining it into the turn. This is a rather simple method for initiating the drift.
Other Drifting Techniques
o Choku-Dori (Swaying Drift)
As the name suggests, this drifts give a looks of swaying. The drift begins on a long straight approach to a turn. When the car starts drifting, the steering is used for maintaining the drift in the form of a side-to-side action making the car sway at its back end.
o Kansei Drift
While entering a turn at a high speed, the gas pedal is suddenly released by the driver to shift the weight to the front wheels, this initiate a drift as the rear tires lose their traction. This method initiates a drift.
o Power Over Drift
For this drift, the driver accelerates into and through the entire turn making the back end swinging out as the weight shifts on exit. A lot of horsepower is required for this drifting technique.
o Feint Drift
For achieving this drift, the technique requires the driver to steers the car to the outside of the turn on the approach, this pushes the car’s weight to outside wheels. The driver then quickly steers back into the turn. When the suspension of the car kicks back, the reaction is very fast and the weight is shifted so quickly making the back end to flick out initiating a drift.
o Jump Drift
While entering a turn, the driver bounces the inside rear tire over the inner curb for shifting the weight of the car to the outside wheels inducing a loss in the traction, this method initiates a drift.
o Dirt Drop Drift
For initiating this drift, the driver drops the rear tires off the race course into the dirt. This method helps initiating a drift and maintaining a speed for holding a drift through multiple turns, the drift angle can also be increased during a single turn.