In case of damage: In the case of liability insurance, the persons involved in the accident have to settle the damage between each other (as in public traffic). If something has been damaged on the site, an accident report between accident cause and “driving experience” is created. In the case of an existing comprehensive insurance also the damage of the own vehicle is covered. The use of the course is at your own risk
- Is this own car equipped with rear-wheel drive and can be all driving stability programs (ESP, DSC, PSM) switch off, then is the drift training with your own car in the way. Since we are in the basic training throughout on the sliding lining drive, the performance plays only a minor role. On limited slip differential is not absolutely necessary. This is needed only from the beginning training.
- As a rule, rear-wheel drive work BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Nissan, Toyota etc.
- wheel-drive vehicles are not suitable for drifting in our place, more info in another FAQ point.
- Four-wheel drive vehicle: suitable Unfortunately not to drift on our route. One with a 45% locked differential equipped at the rear BMW works when the tires also fits. Drivers of e.g.. VW and Audi with Haldex clutch or fixed 50:50 Quattro is not recommended to participate with your own car, we offer our Rental BMWs on.
- Automatic vehicle: suitable to drift, but with a converter gearbox but a little more difficult, DSG, DKG etc are no problem
- As a rule, your car will not break during one of our drift trainings
- A certain amount of wear on the vehicle takes place, however, as we are drifting on the sliding surface, however, this is comparatively manageable and moderate.
- The vehicle should be technically natural in a perfect condition his. All equipment (especially engine oil and coolant) must be filled according to the manufacturer’s specifications. This includes the tank. This should be at least too ¾ be filled so that you do not have to refuel during training.
- A dial gauge and a compressor for Adjusting the tire inflation pressure Before and after training are available on site.
- Drifting is not only fun, but is the result of the resulting, improved vehicle handling also contribute to general road and traffic safety. As a driver, I do not have to worry about the moment the tail erupts correct reactions but react simply, then I have also clearly gained safety in road traffic.
- Vehicle should be at least ¾ full of fuel on the training day
- Empty suitcase and interior, so nothing could affect your driving pleasure
- If necessary, the air pressure of your tires will be increased at our premises before the training (and finally brought back to “normal”).
- Oil level check: The oil level should comply with the specifications of the vehicle manufacturer
- The training does not serve to achieve top speeds, nor is it a motorsport competition or a kind of license course. Please clarify in advance with your insurance advisor, whether this event is covered by your comprehensive insurance. Your liability insurance applies in any case. You participate at your own risk.
- We will ask you before the beginning of the event, to sign a so-called disclaimer (this will be sent to you when you sign up as information)
- Potential passengers should be at least 18 years old
- Passengers can / may (from insurance regulations) only after registration and release participate, we also have to charge a small “participation fee” (in order to be able to pay the compulsory accident insurance)
- Sporty, casual, according to the occasion, important especially the right footwear. You have the most feeling with shoes with very thin soles (and you will need feeling).
- a helmet is not needed
You want to “group” and train together with your friends (relatives), club members etc. instead of lonely? With pleasure! For closed groups (at least 4 to 6 people) we are also happy to prepare and offer special dates, starting times or training content (especially for “repeat offenders”).
- For those who have already completed drift training, we offer our Construction Drift Training on. This is exclusive watered asphalt instead of and ends in a circuit that you can drift through without interruption.
- Those who are not sure, may like to close with our drift coach, because it is advantageous in building training, if the participants have a similar level of knowledge.
On request we could offer this for you. Please write us a message or call us.
The beginnings in Japan
An exact origin of the technique of drifting can not be determined beyond doubt. The technology has existed since the 1950s. Although it is still not possible to say who invented this technique, the origins of the sport are easier to understand. It started in Japan, more precisely with the legendary motorcycle and racing driver Kunimitsu Takahashi. Kunimitsu would later become known as the “father of drifting”. In Germany in 1961 he became the first Japanese motorcyclist to win a Grand Prix. After an accident in 1962 Kunimitsu moved to the touring car race. He was particularly successful in the “All Japan Touring Car Championship” (later “Super GT”). With the help of the drift he was superior to all the other drivers in the corners. Kunimitsu managed this technique to maintain his speed even in the curve. The drifting gave him numerous titles and the admiration of the fans, especially because of the smoking wheels. Through him, this technique was also known outside the racetracks.
From the championship to the illegal road races
At that time, a vibrant scene of illegal street racing had already established in Japan. The drivers are called “Hashiriya”. For most of the races, it was about driving on mountain roads from A to B as fast as possible. The mountain roads were called “Tōge” and are characterized by their many curves. The drifting was just made for speeding on the winding mountain roads. Many drivers took an example of Kunimitsu and copied his technique. Among them was Keiichi Tsuchiya. With his 1986 Toyota Sprinter and his skills, he soon won the title of “Dorikin”, the “Drift Kings”. After proving his skills on the Tōges for a while, he took part in official races since 1977, including later in the All Japan Touring Car Championship. However, he never forgot his roots. In 1987, he had to give up his racing license for a while, after he flaunted his drifting outside the official race in the short film “Pluspy”.
The first tournaments
Although the film did not help Tsuchiya’s racing career, the short film nevertheless made drifting more and more popular as a discipline of its own. In particular, Daijiro Inada’s magazine “Option” helped spread the short film and the growing popularity of drifting. The Japanese tuning magazine “Carboy” organized the first drifting competition in 1986. In 1988, the “Ikaten” was held, an amateur drifting competition. The event was organized by Inada and Tsuchiya. Over time, the competition became more professional and was finally renamed the “D1 Grand Prix” in 2001. The first documented drifting competition outside of Japan was in Willow Springs, California. The “Willow Springs Raceway” was held in 1996 and organized by Inada and his magazine “Option”. At that time, the popularity of drifting grew at the international level. Competitions outside of Japan, such as the international drift challenge in Germany, which was first held in 1999. Films like “The Fast and the Furious” made drifting known to a wide audience. Since 2015 drifting sport has been recognized as official motorsport by the FIA and other national associations.
What is important when drifting?
In drifting sport itself, however, vehicles are usually used other than in rallying. These drift vehicles are usually very heavily motorized and much is no longer from the series. For example, when drifting a limited slip differential is mandatory in order to drive the largest possible drift angle. In order to be able to control the vehicle as well as possible at these drift angles, the front axle is usually also machined so that the steering angle is increased. To get the car even easier across the track, the soft is greatly reduced. This is usually done by removing unnecessary comfort, insulation, etc. from the car. Also important in drift vehicles is the rear-wheel drive to pass through the gas, or take gas off, to control the drift.
How can you drift with front-wheel drive??
Most cars have front-wheel drive, because this is a cost-effective design that benefits the driving safety, as these vehicles tend to understeer, so slip over the front wheels, rather than oversteer. This oversteer, however, is the drift that you want to achieve. Smaller drifts with a courageous pull on the handbrake, however, are also readily possible on vehicles with front-wheel drive, whereby one should take care not to use the handbrake too much and too often to drift, as this may otherwise result in tearing of the handbrake cable , In addition, in any type of drift, the rear axle is very stressed, which can also lead to above-average wear on the bearings of the rear axle.
But how exactly does one drift with a front-wheel drive vehicle??
This is best done on a free surface. You drive a turn that pulls the handbrake briefly at the vertex (without it snapping into place) and if you have enough speed at the vertex of the turn, the vehicle will drift briefly with the ESP off. Another possibility is the so-called rocking of the vehicle, in which one snakes lines at high speed drives to provoke a Haftungsabiß, but this is not possible with heavily understeering vehicles, as these, as already mentioned, understeer and slip over the front wheels.
How to drift with rear-wheel drive?
Drifting with rear-wheel drive is one of the disciplines where the driver must master the vehicle in every situation, because the controlled loss of control ends in the best case with a beautiful, drift, in the worst case with a collision, which can be dangerous. Rear-wheel drive is necessary for long drifts, as the spinning rear wheels maintain the fine level between not enough grip to stay in lane and enough grip to keep the vehicle at the desired speed and thus a long drift on the tarmac. In addition, rear-wheel drive vehicles tend to oversteer rather than front wheel drive vehicles. In the case of real drift cars, one usually finds the following features: Hydraulic handbrake, weight reduction through the empty space of the interior, rear-wheel drive with limited slip differential, an extended steering angle, roll cage and a lot of power.
What options are there for getting a vehicle into drift??
If the vehicle has a lot of power, simply an abrupt turn, coupled with a valiant kick on the gas is usually sufficient to lay down a short drift. If the drift is to be a little longer, it also requires the help of the handbrake, which is pulled briefly at the initiation of the drift to produce a grip on the rear axle, which is usually a soulful, but still courageous gas is required to one beautiful, long drift in the way. When drifting in general, however, you should be careful to practice this in order to develop a feel for it, because when drifting it is like everything else: practice makes perfect.
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