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Drifting refers to a technique of driving in which the driver intentionally over-steers the car, causing a loss of traction in the rear wheels while going through a turn. However, he does not lose vehicular control and even maintains a high exit speed. You can determine a car to be drifting when the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn they are going through, like in the picture above.
This technique originated in Japan and has since exploded into an important and popular sub-genre of motorsport all over the world, with numerous international competitions being held for drifting. Special drifting cars being constructed too; these are generally light to moderate weight rear wheel drive coupes and sedans such as the Toyota Soarer, Toyota Chaser, Nissan C33 Laurel, Nissan Skyline, and Mazda Miata among several others.
The sport has become even more popular in the recent past due to several pop culture references in blockbuster films like Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift, while mainstream computer games like ‘Sega Rally’ and ‘Rift Racer’ have also been including this technique in their games for a while now.
Here's a fantastic video showing some of the best Japanese drifters in action:
-Pictures courtesy Reuters-
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