?How do I get started in Drifting
No simple way to learn drifting, You may upset potentially
the organizer and the property manager by doing something you
were not permitted to do. It is not smart to try and drift in roads or at unsupervised areas like car parks or empty roads. Anyways, how to drift depends on the type of drift you want to do. So we will learn drifting by learning their types
Things to do Before You Begin Drifting
Set up a cone in the middle of a safe area of tarmac. Drive up to the
cone and tear the handbrake trying to do a 180 degree
handbrake turn. Hone this until you are no more, and no less than
180 degrees from when you started.
Learn how to counter-steer by ripping the handbrake from a speed of
30–40 mph (48–64 km/h) (anything less will cause an inadequate
amount of momentum to get you around the cone) and trying to
control the car to a destination until the car stops.
Increase speed of each of these things until you are comfortable
Try to do the 180 cone too.
Brakes will surely take a pounding and really should be improved As the very least make sure you have race or fast road spec pads at all times Change the brake fluid or better still swap it for completelysynthetic brake fluid Adding braided brake hoses will ensure that braking disasters are minimised further If you are spending money on the brakes also consider upgrading to bigger brake disks which are vented, drilled and grooved.
Control is key, so a soft suspension setup will cause all manner of problems and create a stodgy ride. Obviously the optimum suspension set up varies from car to car and also driver preference plays a huge part It is worth getting suspension you can modify yourself so look for ones that permit custom ride height, stiffness and electronic adjustment to the dampers. At least you can play around until you find your optimum set up and you can switch back to a more road friendly setting for the journeyhome. Suspension can be supplemented with strut braces for rigidity and also by switching rubber bushes for polyurethane to aid stiffness. Set the front for negative Camber to give the front more grip and help with oversteer. The rears should be set with very little negative camber (virtually_vertical) to reduce grip in corners.
Make sure that your steering rack is good condition, does not have any play and that the wheels are straight when the steering wheel is in its default rotation A quick lock to lock steering rack is nice to have. Small steering wheels are actually worse to use so get an ‘old bus’ steering wheel rather than trying to look cool.
This requires a real pounding. For drifting obtain the heaviest duty clutch you can fit. Double and Triple plate clutches are good as are ceramic, brass button clutches but these are not always designed for all cars. Various compounds can be found. In the event that you get a heavy clutch and your car has a cable clutch pedal make sure that the cable is heavy duty enough.
You may crash and spin off. Impact with other vehicles and barriers is also typical especially when you are starting out. In pro drift championships the bumpers are secured with cable ties so when the inevitable happens the bumper rips off breaking the cable tie and suffers little damage itself.
Have you noticed that the main sponsors of drift championships are tyre companies .If you are starting out stick with cheap part worn tyres. Some drivers stretch small tyres on a large rim to aid stability. Some drives have different sizes (height and width) on the front to the rear. Look for low profile tyres as these are less inclined to roll off the rims under heavy sliding. Tyre pattern is a matter of individual choice I suggest that you chat with other drivers and see what they are using. Typically hard compound on the back and the rear tyres are what you will use more of. Tyre pressures also can make a big difference - experiment with different pressures to see how handling is affected as this varies greatly from car to car.
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