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Published on June 4th, 2013 | by Jos Roder

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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!

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The package arrived with car, controller and the box of spares, batteries and a high tech charger.

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I was enjoying exploring  all the associated tools, cogs, suspension components and different wheels as I introduced myself to the RC drift world.

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This is the car in question and it sure looks tough! Widebody and perfect offset Te-37 style wheels!

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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.

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Check the micro cable ties for that authentic drift look. Although in this instance it serves a function, as I think the shell has take some punishment in the past.

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I got it like that, honest!

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Lifting the shell revealed the inner workings.

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Dense foam bumper absorbs some of the shock in the inevitable crashes.

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When good times go bad! The shrubs provided a soft barrier between the concrete wall, so no major damaged was sustained.

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!

 

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About the Author

Jos Roder

is the owner of Drift Life and delves deeper into drifting culture. Jos started drifting more than 10 years ago after discovering a sport existed that captured his favourite motoring endeavour, going sideways! Jos works full-time in the automotive/motorsport field as a PR Manager and Advanced Driving Instructor and currently owns a JDM S15 Nissan Silvia for drift/track/hillclimb duties.



One Response to The Scales of Drift

  1. wazman says:

    bah ha ha ha wall scrapes ! lots of em…….hey wait thats MY car your scraping mofo! ha ha ha
    Should have got Alex to tell you the specs of the car…. oh well its fun !

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