Ask any keen driver who's tried drifting and they'll probably tell you they're good
at it. Ask any keen driver who hasn't tried drifting and they probably think they will
be good at it. In reality, they're probably not and they probably won't.
It takes hours and hours of practice and dozens of tyres to get good at drifting. These guys clearly put the effort in and recorded the fruits of their labours for your viewing pleasure
Before he became a presenter on Top Gear USA, professional hooner Tanner Foust drove a NASCAR-engined Scion TC in Formula Drift USA. Here he takes it on a very smokey
jaunt along Mulholland Highway in Los Angeles.
Wet roundabouts have been the training ground of many drifters. The driver of this four-wheel-drive Audi proves you don't need massive amounts of speed and an armful of opposite lock to go completely
RWD E36 roundabout drift
Six-cylinder E36 BMWs are great cars for learning how to drift. They're cheap to buy, there's load of them about, they handle brilliantly
and sound awesome. This guy proves the point.
Hockey stick drift
Drifting round and round in circles is relatively easy. Applying the technique to a layout the shape of a hockey stick
takes things a stage further. (Can anyone tell what the car is?)
Landyacht-sized American muscle cars don't normally lend themselves to drifting. Especially not on a very tight
roundabout. Somehow this guy keeps it sideways and doesn't hit anything.
Porsche GT traffic drift
The Porsche Carrera GT is a notoriously tricky car to drive fast. It's brilliant up to point, but overstep the mark and it'll spit you into the scenery. Massive respect
then, to the bloke who mastered drifting his (though he loses points for doing it heavy traffic).
Volvo estates used to have a bad rep. After all, their styling is based on a house brick and they were usually driven very slowly by OAPs going to the garden centre. But not any more. Wind the suspension down, weld the diff and you've got a great drifter
(Supra engine optional).
Drifting was invented in Japan. Young racers found the fastest way to drive the twisty mountain roads was to go as sideways as possible
. Today's Japanese drifters still relive those early days.
It seems drifting has gone mainstream in Japan, if this incredibly cheesy
scene from a TV drama is anything to go by. I'm not entirely sure sliding around wildly is the best way to drive when your lady is in labour, but it seems to work for this fella.
Epic lorry drift
This is epic
. Drifting a lorry takes some serious 'nads. It's probably quite easy to do (400-odd bhp, 1000-ish lb/ft and no weight whatsoever on the rear wheels). But when you're sitting a good eight feet off the ground, it must feel like you're in a tower block