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So You Want to Drift Your Car

So You Want to Drift Your Car


– When it comes down to
things we wished we could do in our first car, drifting is likely among
the top of the list. I mean let’s face it, you remember your
front-wheel drive Corolla. With e-brake and the automatic. And you go on lunch break in
January and drift your car around some high school
neighborhood streets. Drifting your car is just a thing I think everyone wants
to do with their car. It’s for a good reason. It’s fun. It’s loud. It’s ridiculous. What else could you want to do in a car when you 16 years old or 36 years old. It doesn’t even matter. I mean what other reason
could you possibly have, when it comes down to owning a car. Lighting up a set of tires
puts a smile on your face, form ear to ear. That is just hard to match. And pretty much anything else when it comes to the automotive sport. I’m Alex, Alex.Fi on the Insta page and today we’re going to be
talking about you wanting, to drift your car. (loud upbeat music) (car motor running loudly) While you’re here don’t
forget to subscribe so we can take the YouTube
algorithm into our own, (loud hand clapping) hands. And, you can watch our
videos when they drop. Because we need you. (loud beeping) Anyway if that’s not enough
don’t forget to check out fitmentindustries.com. If you’re looking for aftermarket
wheels, aftermarket tires, or aftermarket suspension, for the drift missile
you’re looking to build, or the Corolla you plan on tossing around through the high
school parking lot. We don’t judge. Just don’t do it next people, cause then if you run into somebody, there’s this thing called insurance and then that hurts people. Then occasionally
sometimes people don’t like when you run over their children. Taking it back a few decades, drifting wasn’t known like it was today. As drifting was often
associated with lack of control and failure to enter-and-exit
turns appropriately, in the world of racing. Boo. Then a man by the name of
Kunimitsu Takahashi came in, in a Skyline KPGC10 and
decided to just, just (bleep), all over the competition. Originally in the motorcycle racing scene, Takahashi ended up jumping
into the automotive scene, due to an accident in
his motorcycle career. As he entered into everything
from GT2 to Formula One. There’s one technique
he used continuously, to beat out the competition. Drifting. (loud tire scraping) To combat some grip issues with Bias Ply Racing tires at the time and inclement weather, Takahashi approached
turns at an insane speed. Sending him into a slide with a little bit of throttle control. A little-little tidly
bit with a little toe, a little sponge bobby
a little. (whistling) And then power out onto the straights. For the racing category he was in, it would launch him to the first place. Because he be, “Oh hey what’s
up guys. How’s it going.” And people could not figure out, what the hell was even going on. Because it was just not, something people really did that much of. Now fast-forward in the
Japanese racing scene in the mountains began to become inspired, by that whole racing style. Finding out they to, could accomplish quicker times by maximizing a control oversteer, through the two gauge setting. Twoge. Togue. Illegal but hey, (bleep). One of the individuals to take
most notice of this new style was a young, nimble, lack of facial hair, Keiichi Tsuchiya. I’m gonna get that right. Keiichi Tsuchiya, Oh my God. Nani. Keiichi Tsuchiya also known
as the (clears throat) Drift King. – You know what DK stands for? – Donkey Kong. – Drift king. (loud electro music) Started to popularize the sport
way back in the mid 1980s. The nighttime street racing. Now, Tsuchiya wasn’t the first drifter nor was he always the most popular. But he did hit the market at the time that people wanted to know
just what drifting was. And he was dangerously good at it. With nothing more than
his 1986 Toyota Sprinter. Over time Tsuchiya began to climb, out of the illegal night-racing
and began to even step foot into official events like
the Fuji Freshmen race, and the Japan Touring Car Championship. And oh boy their bud, was
he just (mouth popping) (beeping) good. All right, by the way, I’m
trying my best with the name but I’m a little backed up. I haven’t had coffee yet. I’m trying my best. So, he was so good, that
the Initial D anime, was based of his persona. And the climb to the top of
the racing scene as a whole, drifting would eventually
creep into its own event, in the mid 1980s. Powered by Tsuchiya and
the local tuning magazines of the time. And like a proper plant that needs to get that adequate
amount of water and sunlight it began to grow. It began to get nurtured
and taken cared of. Put a little bit of fertilizer in there, and you’re ready to rock and roll. The sport in Japan
skyrocketed in popularity, leading up to professional
grand championship events, occurring in the late 90s and early 2000s. Instead of it being a rambunctious group of random people just sending it, through these back road hillsides. These events began to churn up
professional drifting teams. Styles and media coverages. All of a sudden people were actually, making it into an art and a craft. Building cars specifically
for drifting and nothing more. Just like everything cool,
USA began to take notice. As the Japanese grassroots
drifting was starting to get all up to speed. And eventually, the drifting
idea had hit the shores of the good ole United States of America. Transition. So there’s your history about
actually drifting your car. But what about, (hands clasping) actually wanting to drift your car? That’s a fantastic question there guy. Drifting your car is more
than just throwing lunch trays under your rear wheels and
sending it in the snow. It’s a craft, okay. (blowing a kiss) It’s like making the prefect risotto. You just you gotta know what you’re doing. Or like making a perfect funfetti cupcake. So let’s start with the essentials. If you’re looking to drift your
car it’s important to know, what you’ll want to expect. When you start tossing your car around, like a dirty shirt in a hamper. It’s gonna take a lot of abuse. At least initially
because you have no idea what you’re doing. Most individuals that jump into drifting, end up buying a secondary. (melodic music) This is important. Not their only car. But a secondary car. Because if you use your only vehicle, you’re a dangerous soul. (wind blowing)
(car tires screeching) (laughing) Drifting your car out of the
gate actually doesn’t require, too much. Simply funds to support your
car when it inevitably breaks or when you begin to
truly shear off tires. Individuals who jump
into cheap 240SX’s as if, that’s actually even a thing. I don’t even know why I said it. 350Z’s, 370Z’s, 3-Series Miata’s and more, just to get a start with some
sort of real world drive car with an e-break. Now you’re gonna wanna keep
an eye out if you’re looking to buy a secondary car that has an LSD. If you can. Cause it’s gonna make your
life just a little bit easier. If you wanna weld your open
diff, you definitely can. It can just be more of a
pain over time; especially, as it begins to break over,
and over, and over again. And then when you go to
turn into a parking lot, you’re that guy with the
little (car squeaking). You know what I’m talking about. If you know, what a
welded diff sounds like. Once you pick the car you want and you got the cash
saved up for the repairs, going out there is the
next most important thing. We’ve talked about this before, but simply just going for ride-alongs, getting involved in the
local farms and practicing, are gonna be your best and fastest way to get good at drifting. A lot of times if you
wanna be good at something, you should probably go
hang out with the people that actually do it and
are pretty good at it. It’s gonna give you the
best chances at success. All right. But you should expect
a few, (clears throat) hiccups, along the way. So you want to drift your car. Well grab your Nankang’s and XXR’s because it’s about to get loud. Drifting your car will
involve you being okay, with doing everything to your car that is not inherently really gonna feel, like it’s supposed to do. Unless you actually build a drift car. You will break things. You will spend. Lots of money. Your car will get damaged. You will, spend a ton of time on your car for only to break, when
you take it back out, on the first hard turn. And you’re gonna have to
be okay with that because, drifting is neat. You’re gonna spend quite a chunk of change on weekend events. But that’s okay. Because, drifting is neat. The biggest misconception
people have about drifting is that they don’t need to have a fully built drift car machine, a million dollars, or
all the time in the world to actually go and do it. It’s a lot like autocross actually, if you just know that
the event is going on and you have a car you
think you can swing around. You can probably go out
there and just go send a bud. You will want some spare change for sure. And the car you’ll want
to own is something that can get people to drive happy with minimal modifications. But you don’t need to completely
dedicate your life to it, you’ll just want to, after you start jumping out on that track. And going every other way except straight. When you’ll go built up your
potential drift machine, you’ll more than likely see people running affordable style wheels, versus the super expensive
multi-piece or forged monoblocks and things like that. Because they usually just
end up kissing walls, every once in a while. XXR’s, Aodhan’s, and
JNC’s will be more common than you think. However more and more people
are going more towards, the sport compact wheels styles. Like Cosmis Racing, Konig, and NK, due to their cost coming down
quite a bit in comparison of what they used to be. Plus you get flow formed wheels
at a pretty decent price. Konig is on top of this right now. Tires (spitting) whatever
fits and whatever is cheapest, will reign king for the most part. But if you’re looking to
dial in a proper tire, you’ll see auts using
Nankang’s everywhere. Federals have gotten more popular in time, due to the longevity of their tire. But tires are more of a personal opinion in the good ole drift scene. It just kind of depends
on what you like to run and what others will run for you. A lot of times people just buy
a million of the same thing because they can buy more in bulk and get a little bit of a better deal. Coilovers with a higher
spring rate than normal to minimize body roll maximize
inertia through turns, is gonna be important. Fortune Auto coilovers in DC
reign king, in this department. Fortune Auto coilovers being rebuildable and adjustable over time. Which means as you
practice and get better, the coilover can evolve. (loud whooshing and beeping) just like you, you little Pikachu. So what do you think? Are you up for drifting? Let us know your drifting story. Whether it was legitimate or whether it involved you
running into a mailbox. And let us know in the
comment section below. So that we can either laugh
with you, talk with you, or maybe just giggle over here. So whether that’s the car
that was meant to go sideways or not, we’re completely impartial. Don’t forget to subscribe as well. And if you’re looking for
wheels, tires, or suspensions, be sure to check out
fitmentindustries.com. Where we got it all boys and girls. Fortunato, Nk’s, Cosmis,
Work’s, Nankang’s, Asus it’s a song. I’m Alex from Fitment Industries and we will see you guys later. Peace.(hard foot stepping)

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100 thoughts on “So You Want to Drift Your Car

  1. Would you rather drift your car, or autocross it? Comment below! Make sure to pick up your Fortune Auto shirt and get entered to win a FREE set of coilovers! –> fitmentindustries.com/giveaway

  2. Off topic. What do you guys know about Sumitomo tires? I’ve had them on my 2016 WRX since I got it and I’ve loved them but I never even heard of them until I bought my car.

  3. Low key crash my Nissan Versa onto a curb trying to drift it, I sent it and the rode was wet and the car lost grip too soon, understeered a fuck ton, then I lied to everyone saying that someone cut me off and lost control of my vehicle on the wet pavement trying to avoid him. From then on I was more careful drifting in wet pavement.

  4. i have a v6 02 mustang i know very slow but the amount of torque it has is more than enough to spin the wheels before it even leaves the spot its heavy body is resting on and for the past couple days ive been drifting it on my wide streets and honestly thats the hardest ive smiled in a long time it made me so happy when i did a full donut and whipped it back around i know its not the fastest car or the most powerful car but i know im going to have a hell of a good time drifting any corner i could

  5. My fondest memory was the first time I drifted, I was shitting myself thinking I was about to hit a tree on the side of the road but it was bliss when I held the line and was balancing the throttle. Felt as if my mind just knew what to do from all those racing games when I was younger. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  6. could we get a β€œSo you want to rallycross” because from personal experience it’s kiiiinda like drifting AND autocross (in a Miata at least)

  7. first car E46 , 3 days driving im all confident with my buddy in the car i whip the shit out of it and then hit the curb sideways,wheels go negative camber but i was smiling as a motherf***

  8. My first day of drifting summed up:
    – rear tires ruined
    – power steering pump broken
    – differential massively leaking oil
    -> Conclusion: broke for the rest of the month but funniest day of my life

  9. Id love to drift my g35. But its my daily, so I’m sticking to autocross. Autocross is great fun, and itll help you learn how cars react to different situations! Besides, ive got my sim setup to shred tires on

  10. Can you drift a stock 240 if you shed a good amount of weight but have no performance mods? I want to just practice before investing

  11. Watched what looked like a 80's fiesta whip it back and forth on a wide kind of empty 4 lane street right in front of me last winter, it was pretty impressive till they accidentally curbed the back of their car on like the fourth "swing" and quickly dissapeared down a side street. But they went all 4 lanes when they were whipping it every time so massive respect

  12. I was drifting my 03 270k mile Civic in the middle of winter hit a few corners without any issue, tried to do a straight line back and forth first 2 went fine but the 3rd back she got a lil away from me, I was looking straight at a mailbox and and ditch, I managed to correct from hitting that and then went over there driveway and smoked a snow bank cracking my front bumper

  13. I did hit a huge fence while street drifting but that didn't stop me from sending it till the drift was over πŸ˜‚ not to mention my car was pretty good damaged back then πŸ˜…

  14. Can't talk about drifting with talking about Initial D

    Also no Fitment Industries shout out? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  15. So the only thing I got from this is that I need a Thunderstone in order to evolve my Fortune Auto coilovers and myself from a Pikachu to a Raichu.

    But what if I want to go Alolan Raichu instead?

  16. I used to drift my wifes little ford escort on the beach on my lunch breaks when i used to work at restaurants πŸ˜„

  17. I might unsubscribe just from hearing your attempt on pronouncing Tsuchiya lmao Y'all aint' ever watch Best Motoring International?

  18. bro the only reason i love the konig shirt over the rest is the konig and figment signs on the sleeves. like gimme a shopping list of car brands you’ve worked with on the shirt like it was a rear window or front panel of a car.

  19. I started out drifting around in a local Walmart parking lot in a 2004 v6 mustang completely stock and now I drift that same car but it's fully decked out pushing 300hp at the local track, it's all about dedication and just fucking around in the world until you become good.

  20. My best drifting story was in January. I was in my little 5 speed corolla thinking i was cool stuff drifting during a snowstorm. I was on my way back to the parking lot driving through campus when i saw THE corner i gave it some gas ripped the e-brake…. over corrected once, then again, then slammed the side of my car into a tree πŸ™‚ now i have a gray door on my red corolla πŸ˜…

  21. I scum-bagged my way it to teaching 3 people how to "drift" (donuts, figure 8's) in my high school never owning a car my self. The people I tought drove a miata, EcoBoost mustang, and a 350z. The only sorta experience I had was drifting my dad's 1999 ram 1500 with a good old 5 speed manual.

  22. Underrated drift car
    C4 corvette
    Affordable easy to acquire
    Semi reliable
    Light-enough
    RWD v8
    Stock lsd
    I highly recommend the c4 corvette

  23. First drifting experience was in a 2008 GT Premium (built to around 550hp) on black Ice in a clover style Exit ramp. Ice swung me out and the road was wet/had enough tirespin to keep it sideways for a bit.

    Deathly frightening to the unprepared 16 year old.
    Here we are 2 years later and I’m looking for a cheap rig to drift with πŸ˜‚

  24. You want to drift your car?
    1. Buy used Mustang from an auction
    2. Get about 5 mil subscribers
    3. Build your channel around your Driftstang
    4. Never show your face, always wear a helmet
    5. HEY GUYS!

  25. I used to ebrake the shit out of my first Subaru Forester (99) and it handled great lmao. But I killed the gaskets and didn’t care to open her up to fix her.

  26. It starts snowing in November here, and grass comes back in June. If you want to gitgud, move to a place where it snows a lot and only drive rwd. It makes going to work fun!

  27. Can someone teach me how to drift my 1995 GMC Sonoma truck its rear wheel drive. πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­

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