The 2006 film Fast and the Furious: Toyko Drift brought to light one of the many styles of driving competitions in existence, but this form of vehicular art didn’t originate on the big screen. Before Sean Boswell (played by Lucas Black) took to the fishing grounds for unique tutorials, people everywhere were learning how to slide sideways around tight corners. In fact, origins of drifting date back to the 1970s when Motorcycling legend turned driver, Kunimitsu Takahashi, used the technique to beat his competitors coming out of a turn.

So what is drifting? Basically, it is a driving technique that allows drivers to skillfully slide their cars through turns by using either their brakes or clutch. When the braking technique is used, drivers have to hit their brake pedal or emergency brake when approaching the corner. Control is maintained with the use of steering and throttle input. This causes the rear tires to lose their grip on the road and swing outward. When using the clutch technique, the end result is the same, but the method is completely opposite. When the driver approaches the corner, he/she pushes in the clutch, downshifts, revs the engine, and then releases the clutch. The added power makes the tires spin so fast that they lose traction and spin outward. In both instances, the closer the rear end of the car gets to the wall and the more smoke the tires produce, the more points the driver will get in the competition.

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Source: Mercury News

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  (714) posted on 06.16.2011

Well, it would be a good idea if you continue this topic, instead of just stopping right here. There are actually quite a lot of interesting things that you can talk about drifting.

  (401) posted on 06.15.2011

I wonder what the next part of this series would be. I hope that you could talk about drag racing next time, since that’s the topic that really interest me. Or maybe you could do something about stock car racing.

  (502) posted on 06.15.2011

Even, if I can do this one perfectly, I still am not going to use it in a public road. That one is definitely going to be dangerous and may cause a lot of accidents.

  (334) posted on 06.14.2011

Actually, there are a lot of uses for drifting, other than for sport. Though I am not really that keen on pulling this one off while on the road.

  (592) posted on 06.14.2011

I think drifting is one of the most well perform tricks in a car race or show. If someone drifts in the road, for me that makes a statement for all the drivers.

  (412) posted on 06.13.2011

Wow, this one is rather nice. I must admit that I wasn’t really much a fan of drifting before , but I am really starting to love the art, been learning a few of the basics myself,

  (630) posted on 06.13.2011

Yeah, I do know "Fast and Furious" movie.
However, until now i don’t have a chance to watch this movie because of my busy schedule...
Hopefully, I can watch this movie. I’m excited to watch the drifting effect in the movie!! I think it was so fantastic!

  (528) posted on 06.13.2011

There’s no other interesting than learning on how to drift especially when you’re a car lover. And i bet its the dream of everyone! I have watched this film, and I would say that I’m not really interested in its story line but the drifting session really makes me interested.

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