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The Physics of drifting

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NathanKenney

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Drifting is pretty cool, if it's done right, but how is it possible, why are people able to simply slide their cars around corners? It's is mostly done in rear wheel drive cars, because it is easier to oversteer and break traction between the rear wheels and the road, resulting in a power slide. It is possible to somewhat drift a front wheel drive car, however, this is mainly done by using the handbrake to lock up the back wheels at a higher speed, in order to break traction with the road, but this can also cause the front wheels to break traction with the road resulting in a rather unpleasant 4 wheel drift, aka sliding uncontrollably. Anyways, drifting on public roads is highly illegal, and a great way to kill yourself in a car crash, so don't do it.

 

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