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Drifting Tips

For RC Beginners.
How To Drift your RC Car


   Drifting is the greatest fun you can have on four wheels, but it isn't as easy as it might look. There are lots of different methods and ideas on how it should be done and it takes lots of practice to get it right.

   On the street or in the parking lot, drifting is fine, but until you have had hours and hours of practice to master the technique, don't try it on your local race track. If you don't have the total control of your car, you will not make many friends amongst your immediate competitors.

   Controlled Drifting is a beautiful thing when done correctly, and in this article I will endeavour to give you a few pointers on where to start. After that, your own personal style will soon blossom.

   As I mentioned before, there are a number of different ideas about drifting, but basically this is what you do.

   Consider a 180 degree turn. Enter the corner at speed, start the turn a little sooner than you might, then just before the apex, touch the brakes for a split second, enough to break the rear of the car free as you enter to turn (For beginners, try setting your transmitter to provide a small amount of braking when you simply release the throttle. i.e., Neutral Braking).

   When the car begins to slide sideways, steer into the slide, increase the throttle, just enough to balance the car as it drifts around the turn. Coming out of the corner, steer the car straight and apply more throttle to pull you out of the slide, propelling the car forwards.

   Often referred to as a power slide, drifting is much more fun than the basic "Rounding" style, described in a previous article, but also takes more skill, not just in its execution, but in car set-up.

   A little "body-roll" is the thing to aim for when setting up a drifting car, but be careful. With too much body-roll, the car will be difficult to control and tumble sideways off the track. Too little and the weight transfer to the leading wheels will not be enough to induce the slide.

   The "Hints and Tips" page linked below will help guide you to the best drifting setup for your car, but try to be patient, a lot of trial and error, with tuning springs, damper oil, damper pistons, stabilisers, tires and inserts is required to get your car as you want it, but believe me, when you do get it right, it will be well worth all your effort.

Drifting Stages
Drifting Stages
1/ Entering the corner, touch the brake and steer into the corner.
Entering the corner
2/ Steer into the slide and balance the car on the throttle.
Power Drifting Sideways
3/ To stop the slide, increase the throttle and steer ahead.
To break free from the slide



For More Setup Information check out my Hints and Tips page.


















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