Drifting: a driving movement or force; impulse; impetus; pressure.
This is just one of the many definitions of "Drifting" in Dictionary.com. And an apt one at that.
In street racing terms, you can't get a more succinct definition of this type of driving - though it does lack specifics. So, for the purpose of this brief article I must defer to Wikipedia:"'Drifting' refers to a driving technique and to a motorsport where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed."
As with many fast-paced sports, it is far easier to see than to describe:
While it looks pretty fun, I'd have to carry around a few spare pairs of underwear if I were in one of those cars. I think I'll stick to this instead:
I couldn't find a video... so this'll have to do. Pretty cool lookin', eh?
This is the Radio Control Drift Attack Stunt Vehicle
from Discovery Channel
- and I'd venture to say that it out performs a real vehicle. This little sucker can power slide, drift, twist, and even perform upside down maneuvers and 360-degree spins all thanks to high-torque dual tread wheels and high speed capability.
It is controlled much like any other R/C vehicle, via a remote joystick system.
Looks pretty easy...
At just shy of $50, this zippy little car makes for a great Christmas gift - though I wouldn't recommend it for really tiny kids due to the high speeds it can reach. That could be asking for a hole in a wall... And that would be quite a costly stunt...
You can get your Radio Control Drift Attack Stunt Vehicle at Amazon.
SOURCES: Dictionary.com, Wikipedia