|Classic Video| What happens when Jeremy Clarkson meets Keiichi Tsuchiya?

It’s a rainy day. I had some time on Youtube, and what I find? Jeremy Clarkson going to Japan to check out the touge, Wangan and a drift event. I knew I liked that Clarkson bloke. 😉

I’d never though that I’d see a video with Jeremy Clarkson and Keiichi Tsuchiya at the same time. This was “Old Top Gear”, but it’s still worth a look, if you have a few minutes for a fun little video throwback.

|Video| How to Figure out a New #Drift Track

We’re going to Formula D Seattle this weekend. So, of course we’re going to car-nerd chat about things before going. Most of us on the blog do some racing ourselves, and so we value our track-walks and preparation of how we get ready to hit the track.

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Mad Mike takes on the Crown Range in MADBUL #drifting #drift #fd #rotary #redbull

Mad Mike is one of those drifters, who I absolutely love his style.

Take one quad-rotor FD3S, a super winding road, with some slow-motion shots and you have all of the pieces for a super fun video. No words. Just beautiful noise.

I’d love to do something like this. Thanks to Speedhunters for the original find.

|Video| Drifting- The Rise of the V8s

Last night, I had a chat with a friend whose seriously into drifting. As the conversation went back and forth, one point that came up in conversation was the rise of V8 engines into the sport. As a sport that started seeing cars that had small high-revving four cylinders, V8s have started to become the mainstay engine format of choice in drifting.

They make a lot of sense for a number of reasons, mostly the greater power and torque delivery that drivers get from it.

Plus, they sound awesome, which is always a plus.

Keep Drifting Fun- Part 2: Now this is a trailer.

I’ve always thought that people should remember to keep grassroots motorsports fun. Especially as most of us are just competing for a good time, not for prize money or for professional gain. In my experience with grassroots racing, those who take the sport too seriously end up leaving it with a lot less out of it.

Drifting is one of those sports that grabs the ethos of having fun, and takes it out for drinks. Will Roegge & Joshua Herron have done a great job promoting the ‘Keep Drifting Fun’ movement, through this video that they are developing promoting American motorsports.

Keep Drifting Fun – Official Trailer Part 2 from Joshua Herron on Vimeo.

Slip Angle, Take 2!

[ From the captions on the photos in the first post of this series, it seems I may need to clear up a little bit of confusion regarding slip angles:  the concept applies to all four tires.  

I left the photos and captioning to my fearless editor (and great karting instructor), Davin.  His captions lead me to believe that he may have only understood part of what I was trying to convey

(Don’t worry, Davin… this isn’t an easy concept to abstract and my upcoming force diagrams will help!).  So, Take 2! ]

High Slip Angle- Take a look at the angle of the front wheels. That’s not the fastest way.

Let’s take the photo of the drift car.  The car is moving from left to right in the frame.  The car, however, is pointed about 45 degrees towards the camera.  Let’s look at the relative slip angles of the front and rear tires.

Front tires:  The front tires are pointed towards the center of the corner.  The driver is turning the wheel left, but the car is so sideways they are effectively acting as if they are turned right (if the car were pointed straight).  Eyeballing the angle, they looks to be turned inward around 15 degrees relative to the direction of travel.

This is a common slip angle, on the upper end of the range on asphalt, for a car near the limit.  This tire is working pretty efficiently, and it knows nothing about what the rear tires are feeling.

Rear tires:  The rear tires are pointed the same direction as the car… about 45 degrees from the direction of travel.  This is an extreme slip angle.  The tires are sliding as much as they are rolling and generating a huge amount of mechanical drag on the car.  The lateral grip offered by straight up static / sliding friction is minimal.

Stability is maintained by the forward (relative to the car, inward and forward relative to the curve) sliding friction generated by the spinning tires.  This action is also what is keeping the car moving forward in spite of the mechanical drag created by the high slip angle.

I’ve driven several race cars that didn’t have  enough power to keep a drift going… they would grind to a stop even under heavy throttle due to the mechanical drag.

To maintain the drift in this photo, the driver can modulate the throttle to adjust the action at the rear of the car or adjust the steering angle to keep the front end pointed the right direction.  The higher the slip angle, the bigger the challenge to smoothly maintain the arc of the track… but that is the art of drifting!

Editor’s Note: Thanks for the flattery, Andy.

Envious? Jealous? Totally Awesome?-Who knows…

Not sure what of all of this that I’m most jealous of:

  1. Sweet helmet stickers
  2. Awesome purple driving gloves
  3. Drift Miata

 Seriously.  Thanks to RoadsterDrift for the find.

(Also, I know I owe you guys some more detailed posts. They are coming, I promise.

Currently I’ve been on a tuning car/small car kick, because they are totally awesome and attainable by the everyman. You can blame the Formula 1 summer break for this too. 😉 

I’m also just working on several mini-projects at once.If you want to see something more specific from me, let me know and I’ll think about generating some content around it.

Either that or email me about an interest in being a contributor, and I’ll let YOU guys come up with some of the content.

Why not?)

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Not all drifters have to just be “hella-low” (Thankfully)

Yes, I do feature drifting from time to time. I’m not the hugest fan, but this video is what I’m talking about with drivers who can do the business.

Not all drifters have to be ‘hella-flush- and slammed low. The only reason that I’m featuring this car, is because the driver in this video is now a Formula D driver. I just really enjoy how he just simply goes over every facet of the car, and has a strong rationale for setting it up.

More people need to approach tuning cars with a mindset like his. Oh wait, it’s because he’s Dai Yoshihara, which makes him a badass.

You Can’t Do This: Ryuichi Kiyonari – WSBK Donington

You know, it takes a brave soul to drive a car in the rain at full tilt. Four tires searching for grip, the tread bending, stretching, straaaaaining trying to find any sort of dry surface to cling to. The driver, feeling the car through only his/her rear end, back, and hands, must make corrections for every slight slip or twitch. A gentle feel for the throttle and soft, smooth, buttery application of the brakes to fight the car’s stubborn actions while plowing through a turn at the very limit.

But imagine, if you will, trying all of this on a motorcycle…

Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Former World SuperBike rider, Suzuka 8 hour winner, and 3 time British SuperBike Champion (2006, 2007, 2010). It’s more than likely you’ve never heard of him before. That’s okay because, to be honest, I hadn’t either. Not until I started paying more attention to what it takes to ride one of these machines.

Check the video. And don’t act like you’re not impressed…

Summer Drift Matsuri- Wishing for the summer time.

Videos like this just make us want summer to come even faster.

Just as a reminder, keep drifting fun please. People who try to over-hype, what is basically automotive ballet, just ruin things for people. (Looking at you Formula D 😉 )

Take a moment and enjoy. 🙂

Summer Drift Matsuri 2010 – Ebisu Circuit from Remi Schouten on Vimeo.