Drifting has become more than just a motorsport; itâs become an art-form, a way of life and a damn good way of ruining your dadâs car. From its birth in the mountains of Japan, to the modern day drift champions, drifting has basically kept to the same recipe: add power, reduce weight, use handbrake. It sounds ridiculously simple, but as these videos show, when it goes wrong, it goes horribly wrong.
Before we start, this video is definitely worth a watch but do yourself a favour and click mute. Now, to the video; itâs a lovely piece, youâve got it all â ice, young drivers, some slush and a distinct lack of talent. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to drift, doesnât it?
Take a look at the video and just marvel at the stupidity â because thereâs a lot of it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGN4B7GQZJ0 (click image or link to view the video)
Look at this guy; heâs doing well, making all the right noises, drifting his way round this tricky track with hundreds of spectators. The pressure is mounting; his driving has become a little sporadic, so how best to combat the failings of your drifting skill?
Thatâs right, be cocky and arrogant enough to step out of your car â while itâs doing donuts â andâ¦ well, youâll have to watch the video to find out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB3toy9xZ8Q (click link or image to view the video)
Itâs hard to work out if this bunch of âenthusiastsâ are performing a legal drifting competition on one of Britainâs roundabouts, but legalities aside, none of them are very good, are they? Just a few moments in and you see an awful attempt at some oversteer action with a BMW that doesnât have matching alloys. Come-on boys, sort it out!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHMT8x_di2s (click image or link to view the video)
Oh dear, it seems the love of drifting has bedding itself so deep into some peopleâs consciousness that they think they can drift a front-wheel-drive Toyota without crashing. The speed this guy comes in at is frankly asking for trouble â and youâll be pleased to know, subsequent trouble is delivered.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz36--r1anI (click image or link to view the video)
Donât ask why thereâs gunfire in this video, but it does go to show that combining the art of drifting and the noise of gunfire just doesnât work. The video is worth watching for the first 15 seconds, but itâs a great 15 seconds, as this driver decides â after a monumental drifting fail â to hide his failure by performing a rubbish donut.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi0EQvBRCGE&NR=1 (click image or link to view the video)
Any video with the title âChav drifting gone wrongâ is worthy of a thumbs up, but when the video shows one of the stupidly timed, poorly executed and downright idiotic drift attempts, you realise just how epic this vid is. Take a look and bask in the chavâs superb ability to ruin everyoneâs day.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smRGtOEjCxY (click image or link to view the video)
This guyâs done well, in fairness. Heâs picked one of the cheapest drift cars you can buy, itâs rear-wheel-drive and heâs chosen a quiet neighbourhood to attempt some oversteer action. One problem, though: there was a big tree.
Let the carnage commence!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0xaCgozbn4&NR=1 (click image or link to view the video)
At this point youâll have noticed a lot of these insane drift crashes have been in FWD cars â so people, if you want to drift, donât use a car designed for space and room. This is another bad âen because you just know this guy has ruined his rear suspension. Damn those curbs!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpajfojmILM&NR=1 (click image or link to view the video)
Itâs wet, itâs soaking, itâs bloody torrential - so what do you do? You drift, obviously. This driverâs awful blue LED lights under his car make you wonder if heâs a bit of a boy racer, but when his talent deserts him for a few moments, that wonder becomes solidified.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyO19BCPo1s&feature=related (click image or link to view the video)
This epic drift list was pulled together with the help of Lee Pickering of Netcars.com - the UK used cars search engine.