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THE ULTIMATE BEGINNER GUIDE TO DRIFTING!

DRIFTING 101:

WELCOME TO THE KEEP IT REET GUIDE TO DRIFTING! WHETHER YOU'RE CURIOUS ABOUT HOW IT ALL WORKS OR LOOKING TO GET INTO THE SPORT AT ANY LEVEL.

 

THIS GUIDE IS TO HELP YOU MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES THAT SHOULD NOT ONLY SAVE YOU MONEY BUT LEAD YOU DOWN THE BEST PATH TO GETTING OUT ON THE TRACK AND ON DOOR ASAP!

ABOUT US:

KEEP IT REET HAS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE UNDER OUR BELTS IN THE AUSTRALIAN DRIFT COMMUNITY.

FROM WHEN WE FIRST STARTED OUT ON OUR P'S ON THE STREETS, HEADING TO THE TRACK FOR THE FIRST TIME, COMPETING IN NATIONAL EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY, HOLDING OUR OWN EVENTS AND EVEN HEADING OVERSEAS TO THE BELOVED BIRTHPLACE OF DRIFT; JAPAN.

WHAT IS DRIFTING:

DRIFTING IS A DRIVING TECHNIQUE WHERE THE DRIVER WILL INTENTIONALLY OVERSTEER THEIR VEHICLE AT SPEED INTO A CORNER FORCING THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE TO "KICK OUT", ONCE THE THE CAR HAS COME TO A DESIRED ANGLE, THE DRIVER WILL MAINTAIN THROTTLE CONTROL AND COUNTER-STEER AROUND THE CORNER TO MAINTAIN A "DRIFT" MOTION.

 

THE PROCESS CAN BE REPEATED TO LINK TOGETHER MULTIPLE CORNERS WHILE ALSO UTILIZING OTHER COMPONENTS SUCH AS BRAKES, CLUTCH AND GEAR SHIFTING TO ADJUST THE SPEED AND ANGLE OF THE VEHICLE.

ONE OF THE BEAUTIES OF DRIFTING IS THAT AROUND THE WORLD THERE ARE THE DIFFERENT DRIVER STYLES THAT WILL RANGE FROM SUPER AGGRESSIVE TO STYLISH AND SMOOTH.

DRIFTINGS HERITAGE:

DRIFTING TOOK FLIGHT IN JAPAN IN THE 1980S WITH THE LIKES OF KEIICHI TSUCHIYA HONING HIS SKILLS ON THE MOUNTAIN ROADS OF JAPAN AND GAINING HIMSELF A LARGE FOLLOWING OF FANS, ONCE THE PUBLIC CAUGHT SIGHT OF THESE ANTICS, MULTIPLE MAGAZINE COMPANIES IN JAPAN AGREED TO PRODUCE A VIDEO CALLED "PLUSPY" TO SHOWCASE TSUCHIYAS SKILLS WHICH INSPIRED MANY OF THE BEST DRIVERS WE HAVE TODAY.

KEIICHI TSUCHIYA ALSO WENT ON TO CREATE GUIDES THAT SET THE PATH FOR MANY DRIFTERS AROUND THE WORLD.

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KEIICHI TSUCHIYA - PLUSPY

LOOKING TO DRIFT:

 
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WHAT DO I NEED TO START DRIFTING?

ALL YOU NEED TO START OUT DRIFTING IS A REAR WHEEL DRIVE CAR WITH A LIMITED SLIP OR WELDED DIFFERENTIAL, OF COURSE, THERE ARE A FEW QUALITY OF LIFE INGREDIENTS THAT WILL HELP YOU ALONG THE WAY

 

  • A MANUAL GEARBOX AND GOOD CLUTCH IS PREFERRED

  • WORKING HANDBRAKE

  • FIRM OR COILOVER SUSPENSION

  • A GOOD QUALITY BUCKET SEAT TO KEEP YOU IN PLACE

ALL OF THESE MODIFICATIONS WILL GO A LONG WAY WHEN HONING THOSE SKILLS TO BECOME THE NEXT DK.


KEEP IT SIMPLE!
WE CAN NOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH! WE CONSTANTLY SEE PEOPLE BUY CARS THAT ARE EITHER MODIFIED WAY ABOVE THEIR SKILL LEVEL WITH ANGLE KITS THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW TO UTILIZE OR FILL THOSE SHOPPING CARTS ONLINE WITH MODS THAT ARE JUST GOING TO PUT THEM BACK TWO STEPS BEFORE THEY EVEN SEE THE TRACK.

WHAT CARS MAKE GOOD DRIFT CARS?

MOST REAR WHEEL DRIVE CARS ARE CAPABLE OF DRIFTING BUT SOME EXCEL AT THE SPORT MORE THAN OTHERS.

 

KEEP IN MIND AN ESSENTIAL FOR DRIFTING IS EITHER A GOOD LIMITED SLIP OR WELDED DIFFERENTIAL SO THAT BOTH THE REAR WHEELS TURN AT THE SAME SPEED WHEN YOU APPLY THROTTLE.

 

THE CARS WE SUGGEST FOR DRIFTING THAT ARE THE MOST AFFORDABLE ENTRY-LEVEL CARS IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE ARE;

  • FORD - FALCON

  • HOLDEN - COMMODORE

  • BMW - E36 / E46

  • NISSAN - R31 / 350Z

 

IF YOU DO HAPPEN TO HAVE THE BUDGET FOR THE MORE COMMONLY USED JAPANESE CARS AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET WE SUGGEST;

  • NISSAN - SILVIA / SKYLINE

  • TOYOTA - CHASER / CRESTA / COROLLA / 86

  • SUBARU - BRZ

  • MAZDA - MX5

 

REMEMBER - THESE ARE JUST OUR SUGGESTIONS! THERE ARE PLENTY MORE VEHICLES OUT THERE THAT ARE MORE THAN CAPABLE OF SENDING IT SIDEWAYS!

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WHAT MODIFICATIONS DOES A DRIFT CAR NEED?

ONCE AGAIN, WE CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH! KEEP IT SIMPLE!

RECOMMENDED MODIFICATIONS

  • COILOVERS / GOOD FIRM SUSPENSION

  • WELDED / LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL

  • MANUAL GEARBOX + CLUTCH THAT IS IN GOOD CONDITION AND CAPABLE OF HANDLING SOME DEGREE OF ABUSE

  • WORKING HANDBRAKE

  • MOUNTED FIRE EXTINGUISHER (GENERALLY A GREAT SAFETY ADDITION FOR ALL CARS, ALSO A REQUIREMENT FOR ANY TRACK DAY IN AUSTRALIA)

  • CHEAP TYRES, WE SUGGEST BRANDS SUCH AS; JINYU / APLUS / SAILUN / MAXTREK / GOODRIDE 

 

QUALITY OF LIFE MODS

  • BUCKET SEAT

  • STEERING WHEEL​

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HOW TO DRIFT:

 

UNDERSTANDING OVERSTEER & COUNTER-STEERING

OVERSTEERING OCCURS WHEN YOU TAKE A TURN OR CORNER TOO FAST, WHICH CAN CAUSE THE REAR WHEELS TO ESSENTIALLY TURN FASTER THAN THE FRONT WHEELS. THIS CAN LEAD YOU TO LOSE CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE.

DRIFTERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS BY COUNTER-STEERING ONCE THE REAR HAS STEPPED OUT THEREFORE CONTROLLING THE OVERSTEER INTO A "DRIFT", IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THESE TWO PRINCIPLES AS IT IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF DRIFTING.

LEARNING THE BASICS

ONE WORD! YOUTUBE! THE GREATEST THING ABOUT LEARNING TO DRIFT TODAY IS THE AMOUNT OF CONTENT ON YOUTUBE, CONTENT CREATORS AROUND THE GLOBE HAVE UPLOADED CONTENT TO HELP YOU LEARN THE BASICS.

STEP ONE: POWER OVER

POWERING OVER IS THE METHOD OF DRIVING THROUGH THE CORNER AT SPEED, MID CORNER THE DRIVER WILL ACCELERATE FORCING THE REAR TO ENTER DRIFT FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY COUNTER STEERING, CONTINUING TO ACCELERATE AND FOLLOWING THROUGH WITH THE CORNER.

 

THIS METHOD CAN BE USED TO WORK OUT THE FEEL OF HOW YOUR CAR WILL REACT TO THE REAR DRIFTING OUT AND ALLOW THE DRIVER TO GAIN A GRASP OF COUNTER-STEERING. WE BELIEVE POWERING OVER IS A VERY VALUABLE LESSON TO LEARN FIRST.

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STEP TWO: CLUTCH KICKING

WITH MUCH THE SAME PRINCIPLES OF POWERING OVER, CLUTCH KICKING IS A MUCH LESS DELAYED METHOD OF KICKING THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE OUT.

 

IF COMBINED WITH TURNING INTO A CORNER, ONCE THE DRIVER HAS BEGUN TO ENTER THE CORNER, USING THE INERTIA OF THE VEHICLE THE DRIVER WILL "KICK" THE CLUTCH WHILST APPLYING A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF THROTTLE TO DISENGAGE AND RE-ENGAGE THE GEARBOX.

 

THIS IN-TURN WILL SPIN UP THE REAR WHEELS AT A FASTER PACE THAN BEFORE, CAUSING THE REAR TO ENTER "DRIFT" FOLLOWED BY THE DRIVER MAINTAINING THROTTLE AND APPLYING COUNTER-STEER.

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STEP THREE: HANDBRAKE

HANDBRAKE OR SOME MAY CALL IT "E-BRAKE" IS USED AS A TOOL FOR MULTIPLE REASONS SUCH AS INITIATING DRIFT, ADJUSTING/CORRECTING THE DRIFT OR WASHING SPEED AS THE DRIVER IS IN DRIFT.

INITIATING THE DRIFT WITH THE HANDBRAKE.

DONE BY ENTERING THE CORNER AT SPEED, TURNING IN, CLUTCHING IN AND HANDBRAKING ALL IN THE SAME MOTION, ONCE THE CAR HAS ENTERED DRIFT, APPLYING THROTTLE, RELEASING THE HANDBRAKE AND CLUTCH IN THE SAME MOTION, COUNTER-STEERING AND MAINTAINING THROTTLE.

UTILISING THE HANDBRAKE TO ADJUST/CORRECT THE DRIFT

OFTEN USED WHEN THE VEHICLE IS EITHER COMING UP TOO SHORT AND RUNNING THE RISK OF CUTTING THE CORNER OR OVERSHOOTING THE CORNER, THE DRIVER WILL APPLY HANDBRAKE TO FORCE THE CAR TO TAKE A WIDER LINE AROUND THE CORNER OR WASH OFF SPEED AND CORRECT THE VEHICLE TO THE DESIRED LINE/ANGLE.

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STEP FOUR: TRANSITIONS

ONCE YOU HAVE PERFECTED CONSISTENT DONUTS YOU CAN THEN STEP UP TO FIGURE 8S, THIS WILL ALLOW YOU TO LEARN TRANSITIONS WHERE YOU GO FROM DRIFTING RIGHT TO LEFT OR VICE-VERSA.

 

TRANSITIONS ARE OFTEN REGARDED AS THE HARDEST STEP TO LEARN WHEN STARTING OUT DRIFTING AS PERFORMING THEM REQUIRES A COMBINATION OF RELEASING THROTTLE, ALLOWING THE CARS WEIGHT TO CHANGE DIRECTION WHILST RE-APPLYING THROTTLE AND STEERING INPUT AT THE SAME TIME TO INITIATE THE DRIFT IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, REPEATING THIS PROCESS WILL PERFORM A FIGURE 8 MOTION, A VALUABLE LESSON TO LEARN.

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STEP FIVE: COMBINE THE STEPS!

YOU CAN COMBINE THESE STEPS AS TOOLS TO ACHIEVE THE ULTIMATE DORIFTO!

 

THE BEST SITUATIONS FOR LEARNING WHEN YOU FIRST START OFTEN DON'T ACTUALLY INCLUDE CORNERS, WE SUGGEST DONUTS IN A WIDE-OPEN SPACE TO GET AN IDEA OF HOW YOUR CAR BEHAVES ONCE AT ANGLE IN DRIFT.

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OUR DRIFT EVENTS!

 
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KEEP IT REET HOSTS OUR VERY OWN DRIFT SCHOOL THAT IS AVAILABLE TO ALL NEWCOMERS WITH OUR AMAZING HAND-SELECTED INSTRUCTORS THAT WILL GRADUATE DRIVERS FROM THE DRIFT SCHOOL TO THE MAIN TRACK ONCE THEY THINK YOU ARE READY TO TACKLE SOME CORNERS ON YOUR OWN!

WE CONDUCT THESE DRIFT SCHOOL DAYS AT CALDER PARK RACEWAY, 40 MINUTES NORTH OF MELBOURNES CBD, YOU CAN ALSO HIRE OUR KIR AU DRIFT FALCON THAT COMES WITH AN INSTRUCTOR FOR A TIMED SESSION AT THE DRIFT SCHOOL.

 

FOR MORE INFO ON THESE DAYS HEAD TO: DRIFT SCHOOL

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ONCE YOU'RE CONFIDENT BEHIND THE WHEEL OF YOUR DRIFT CAR, AND WANT TO START HONING YOUR SKILLS ON THE MAIN TRACK. FRIDAY NIGHT DRIFTS IS THE PERFECT EVENT FOR YOU!

HOSTED AT CALDER PARK RACEWAY RUNNING FROM 5-11PM AND ARE FULL OF VIBES. DRIVERS GET MAXIMUM SEAT TIME TO PRACTICE DRIFTING OR JUST HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH THEIR MATES.

FOR MORE INFO ON OUR DRIFT EVENTS HEAD TO:
FRIDAY NIGHT DRIFTS