Published on June 4th, 2013 | by Jos Roder1
The Scales of Drift
Drift Life was officially offered its first vehicle to evaluate. The car is a fully setup drift car and is sporting big power so I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel. Thankfully this particular car didn’t involve a trailer or a tow car, spending hundreds of dollars on tyres, fuel and entry fees, nor did it take hours to travel to a special track to use the vehicle. Refreshing!
If I could just scale myself down to 1:10th scale temporarily there would be no need for a real drift car!
The car in question is a RC drift car with all the bells and whistles, a powerful engine, special suspension, wheels and tyres, carbon chassis and modifications I probably don’t even know about.
I have had zero experience drifting an RC car so my situation is akin to the common 1:1 scale scenario where someone with zero drift experience purchases or builds a serious competition spec drift car.
Due to the RC car being properly setup, my first attempt at drifting went better than expected. However, I certainly have a long way to go to master the skill. Sliding the car makes me smile and just as is the case with real drifting, I thoroughly enjoy the challenge and learning experience that improving my skills on the little rocket presents. Driving a RC drift car has some similarities to real drifting, as well as some 4WD rally techniques thrown in. Before I show you the video of the car in action, I thought I would run you through the car!
I was so swept up with my first RC drift experience, I layed down on the ground like an infatuated wildlife photographer with my camera and decided to do my first feature shoot! Choosing a photo shoot location is important and I decided to go with a minimalist colour theme to accentuate the lines of the car. Did I really just say that? The truth is my unit walls are grey and so is the driveway, so combining that with the car colour, the green shrubs give a nice contrast.
By popular demand, please see the short video I produced for everyone on my first proper outing to a special location.
I feel like RC drift may just be a fling, or an affair of sorts. I currently love it, however I can feel that the initial enthusiasm may start to wear off. In the mean time, I will be loving my cheap drift thrills!