Drifting is a driving strategy in which the driver deliberately overruns with the lack of grip and controls and drives the vehicle around a corner. The procedure allows the angle of slip to go above the arch of fall of the front such that often the front wheels point the other way. Traditionally drifting is by stroking, then deliberately oversteering and counter-steering. The drift is not mistaken for the four-wheel drive, the classic Grand Prix cornering tactics, and auto competition.


Drifting contests were first popularized in Japan in the 1970s as a driving sport and then popularized by Initial D in 1995. Pace, slope, showcase, and line are judged by a corner or series of corners worldwide in drifting competitions. The All Japan Touring Car Championships were most successful. Kunimitsu Takahashi, a renowned motorcyclist, was the leading founder of drifting in the 1970s. It won him many championships and a legion of burning tire followers. The prejudiced running tires of the 1960s and 1980s gave themselves a high slip-angle driving style. The same thing did street racers when the elite racers in Japan drove in this unique and new manner.


The commitment is how far the driver guns and the driver’s trust and devotion to the borders and obstacles. The higher the speed at which a driver can cross the course, the speed and angle are. Moreover, the fewer corrections they make and the closest they get to the boundaries or obstacles of the track, the better their score. Judging takes place on just a few corners to have a clear vision and drifting possibilities on a small section of the circuit. The remainder of the course is insignificant, but it concerns the temperature regulation of the tires. And the car to be set for the first corner to be judged.

For each run, points are earned, and one driver prevails typically. Often the jury cannot or cannot agree with the court’s opinion, or an audience vocally disagrees. More passes can then be executed until a winner is made. Mechanical failure sometimes decides the outcome of the fight during or before a heat. When a car cannot fight a combined battle, a single demonstration pass is issued for the remaining entry, which immediately progresses. In case of seemingly close or linked races, crowds sometimes show their wish for another run by shouting ‘one more time.’

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