Recently in Indonesia the word drift has become popular, and even various automotive media, both printed and electronic, also feature this column. Where Drift itself stands for Drive Rightly In False Turn, which is a driving technique in which the drift car driver tries to keep his car in a tilted position while sliding as long as possible.
Drifter is a term for drift car drivers where they use this driving technique using only second gear and handbrake so that the car can drift. To do this requires special skills so that only certain people are able to do it. Not everyone drifts smoothly.
At the beginning of 2010 this drift began to be known by the people of Indonesia. At that time, many special workshops were scattered making it easier for the drifters to choose a workshop to be used as a reference.
A driving technique and the name of the sports car racing that is being contested. Drifting requires agility in regulating braking and driving agility so that the car can slide longer. Drifting can only be done with a rear wheel drive car and with an optimum car upgrade. In a race, the driver tries to make the car tilt and slide as long as possible. However, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, the body that oversees international racing, does not recognize drifting as a professional racing sport.
Reported in some news, the following are the cars commonly used for drifting:
In order for our car to match the needs of a drift car, we should replace the car engine with a bigger one, or another step is to modify the engine. Usually the engine used is 1JZ or 2JZ which is a Toyota Supra engine, RB25 or RB26 engine from Nissan Skyline, SR20 engine from Nissan Silvia, 1UZ 8 cylinder engine belonging to Toyota Soarer or you can also use Chevrolet’s LS engine.
It takes strong legs for the drift car when bulldozing every corner. Therefore, it is certain that the standard legs of the default car need to be completely replaced.
The legs that must be installed to replace the standard ones include coilover suspension, adjustable arm, and limited slip differential (LSD).
No less important, apart from changing the wheels and tires, the knuckles, tie rods, to the lower arm must also be modified so that they can turn more up to 60 degrees.
The braking system for drift cars is also different, especially in the rear brake. Handbrake and rear brake calipers are modified separately. The goal is that the two brake functions can work according to their respective duties and do not interfere with each other.
Cars that are usually used for drifting are cars that have light or moderate weight. Usually also uses a coupe or sedan type that uses rear-wheel-drive but has the front engine [Front Engine]. These cars include the Nissan Skyline, Nissan Sylvia, Toyota Mark II, Toyota Corolla DX, and the Toyota Levin / Sprinter Treuno [AE86].
The drifting technique is usually done when the car is at high speed, then it is deflected without reducing the speed of the car and letting the rear tire slip with a larger groove than the front tire. So it looks extreme when in the racing arena. This drifting technique must be done properly, otherwise it can cause the car to skid. There are several techniques that are commonly used when drifting.
The first technique is Handbrake Drift, Handbrake Drift is a technique that is done by stepping on the clutch and simultaneously pulling the handbrake, this is to eliminate traction. After the race is over, then the clutch is released and the gas pedal is pressed while doing countersteering.
The second technique is Shift Lock, Shift Lock is a drifting technique that is done by lowering the lower gear position. The goal is to make the tires lock up which causes the car to lose traction.
Next is the Clutch Kick, this technique is a drifting technique that is done by quickly stamping the clutch. The goal is to create shocks to the transmission so that it affects the balance of the car. This technique will make the car a slidding.
Breaking Drift is a drifting technique that is done when you start entering a corner and then you step on the brake pedal so that the weight moves forward. Then step on the gas directly so that the rear tire loses traction.
Power Slide is a technique that requires a car with a powerful engine. Then step on the gas until it runs out then control the direction of the car with the steering wheel.
Feint / Scandinavian Flick is a drifting technique that involves moving the mass of the vehicle outside by turning the wheel out of the corner then suddenly turning the wheel so that the back of the car shifts.
The last is the Kansei / Dynamic Drift technique, where this technique is a drifting technique by lifting the gas part at high speed. This happens because when the gas pedal is lifted the weight moves from back to front.
When the drift is created by using the correct technique, what is next is to keep the car under control. So it must be done by a professional rider.