A New Era of Motorsports
English Practical Course
Anghel Adrian – Catalin
American Studies II, Spaniola
Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels, while maintaining control from entry to exit of a corner. A car is drifting when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle, to such an extent that often the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn.
As a motorsport discipline, professional drifting competitions are held worldwide and are judged according to the speed, angle and line taken through a corner or set of corners.
The beauty of it is its goal too: the goal to control the car as it slides sideways around turns, at full throttle — brings huge crowds to their feet and drives demand for go-fast auto parts.
Drifting started out as a racing technique used by drivers in the 1920s and 30s such as Tazio Nuvolari (who invented the technique, according to Enzo Ferrari) and in the 1950s by Stirling Moss. It became popular in the All Japan Touring Car Championship races.
Keiichi Tsuchiya (known as the Dorikin/Drift King) became particularly interested by Takahashi's drift techniques. Tsuchiya began practicing his drifting skills on the mountain roads of Japan, and quickly gained a reputation amongst the racing crowd.
Drifting started to expand into the west too, starting as soon as 1993 with European championships and new racers.
In the present day, drifting has evolved into a competitive sport where drivers compete mostly in rear-wheel-drive cars, to earn points from judges based on various factors.
Drifting competitions are judged based on line, angle, speed and show factor. Line involves taking the correct line, which is usually announced beforehand by judges. The show factor is based on multiple things, such as the amount of smoke, how close the car is to the wall or designated clipping...
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