• Care to Know How the Drift Analyzer in the new BMW M3 and M4 Works?

BMW may have come up with the coolest feature ever. Here’s how it works

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BMW has taken some very controversial decisions in recent times, but the one we are talking about today will definitely be liked by BMW enthusiasts. The latest M3 and M4 models come with a drift mode. Having at least 480 horsepower, the BMW M3 and M4 are certainly capable of kicking the back end out, which is why the good people of BMW have given us the M Drift Analyzer. The YouTube channel “BMWBLOG” gives us a demonstration of this function.

Care to Know How the Drift Analyzer in the new BMW M3 and M4 Works?
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It’s a pretty neat feature and although it won’t turn you into Vaughn Gittin Jr. or Ken Block, it does let you make some adjustments and track your drift session. Actually, the adjustments you are allowed to make have mostly to do with the traction control’s interference. You get 10 levels of traction, 10 being the most intrusive and zero being all the way off.

Care to Know How the Drift Analyzer in the new BMW M3 and M4 Works?
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Mike Renner – a BMW Driving instructor explains that the goal is to start from 10 (the highest TC setting) and work your way down the line, until you can eventually turn the traction control off, in which case maintaining the drift will depend solely on your skill. At the same time, you get various data on display, such as angle, duration, number of single drifts, understeer, and speed, to name a few. Mike also notes that for an inexperienced driver the “4” setting is perfect, as it simply intervenes right before the car is about to spin out, thus helping maintain the drift.

The Drift Analyzer will also rate your drift. There’s a five-star rating system, which goes down to three stars the more you increase the traction control.
Care to Know How the Drift Analyzer in the new BMW M3 and M4 Works?
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If you use the highest TC setting (10), the maximum rating is only three stars. From seven to four, you get up to four stars, and from three to zero (TC off), you can get the full five stars.

Of course, Mike is kind enough to show us how all this works, by doing a couple of long drifts on BMW’s skidpad. It looks effortless from the outside and even from the onboard footage, we see that the driving instructor doesn’t need to make too many steering adjustments. Nevertheless, if you want to get into some sideways action, BMW’s Drift Analyzer will give you that. As Mike mentions, the place for such exercises is the skidpad.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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