Drifting originated in Japan in the 1970’s and was the adopted style of racing for the Japanese Touring Car Championships. The Bias Ply racing tyres of the era were ideal for drifting and thus encouraged the style of driving. This method of intentionally over-steering became popular in the street racing scene and was quickly accepted as a sport in it’s own right, where competitors are scored on style and ability as well as line through corners. High powered, light weight and typically turbo’d rear wheel drive cars are the weapon of choice in Japan, although there are some good variations around including converted all wheel drive rally cars, European RWD saloons and big bhp American muscle. Here’s some great examples of the perfect drift car, as well as the perfect drift!
A perfect drift car, light, agile and a rev happy engine! As a motorsport discipline, professional drifting competitions are held worldwide and are judged according to the speed, angle, showmanship and line taken through a corner or set of corners.