Anatomy Of A Curve: Part 2

If you are trying to drift for the first time and just can’t seem to get it, you can try what many of us old timers used to use—the e-brake or emergency break.

I suggested in one of my earlier posts to tape down the button on the e-brake to make it easier to use this method of getting your back end out. By having the button taped in, you can quickly grab and release the brake and not have to worry about pushing the button all the way in or releasing it at the right time. You just pull up and then push down.

This was how I learned to drift. Just grab that e-brake and give it a quick pull to start getting your back end out. It’s a thrill and you can usually figure it out in one or two goes at it.

Drift Sustaining

Once that back end starts drifting, you have to act fast. This is a critical time. Keep your foot on the throttle to sustain the drift. This requires more power than you probably think it will. Quickly counter-steer in the direction you want to travel and then level out the throttle to start straightening out.

You’ll want about 80% of the power in the rear wheels to keep them spinning. If the road is wet, you will need less power than that.

If you feel that the back end is going too far, just ease off the throttle gently and apply some extra steering to correct the slide. If you continuously find that you are finding it hard to keep the slide going, you may need to enter the corner slightly faster or use more power. Try using more power first. If that doesn’t work, then head into the corner a little faster.

Ending

This is another tricky part of drifting—knowing when to end the drift. If you end too quickly, you might oversteer and end up fishtailing. Once you get into that situation, it is a matter of trying not to oversteer to correct the fishtail. Just relax off the throttle and try to control how much you are steering.

The goal is to ease off the throttle smoothly and turn the steering wheel rapidly back onto the straight road. You want to keep a good grip on the wheel so that you remain in control. Again, it’s too easy at this point to oversteer and lead into a fishtail situation.

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