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FIA PRESENTS FIRST OFFICIAL REGULATIONS FOR DRIFTING

19.03.2020

During a meeting earlier this month the FIA World Motorsports Council approved the first official rules and guidelines for the international drift sport. The rules, called the DC1 regulations, are a milestone for the sport and proof that the FIA is paying more and more attention to drifting. On top of that, it acknowledges drifting as the industry’s fastest growing form of motorsport.

The new set of regulations dubbed DC1 have the sole goal of unifying a sport where every championship has its own set of rules and regulations. Until now, this made it incredibly difficult for competitors to participate in different series around the world, using the same vehicle.

“Drifting is unlike most other motorsports and it requires a unique approach. We have attempted to keep all the elements that make the sport exciting and engaging for drivers and fans alike, such as engine configuration and power output, which will both be left open for the competitors to determine. Instead, we have contributed our expertise where it is most required, improving the safety of the cars by instilling FIA standards throughout.” said FIA Technical Director Gilles Simon. To discover the impact of the new DC1 regulations we talked to one of our own drifting experts, the Russian Drift Series champion Arkady Tsaregradsev.

FIA PRESENTS FIRST OFFICIAL REGULATIONS FOR DRIFTING

The FIA has regulated drifting, created a uniform regulation called DC1 for "all" drift series. Do you think this is a good idea?

I think it’s a really good idea for the top series around the world and with the eye on a global FIA Drifting championships. However, some details may make life a bit more difficult for some regional championships. Drifting is such a big world with so many variations that it’s hard to predict the effects of this

Does your own car comply with the rules?

I’ve verified the rules and at the moment my cars do not comply but only with some minor stuff. For instance, the rules state that the fuel lines need to run outside of the car and at the moment they don’t. It’s a simple fix.

The FIA has regulated drifting, created a uniform regulation called DC1 for "all" drift series. Do you think this is a good idea?

How far do you think we are from an officially sanctioned FIA World Drifting Championship?

At this time, it’s hard to tell. The drift sport is taking massive leaps, but I still think a world championship will take some time. However, in five to ten years’ time we should have an FIA world championship that includes all continents.

How important for you is it that the FIA recognizes drifting?

Drifting is the fastest growing form of motorsport in the world and the FIA is very aware of this so it would be foolish of them to ignore it. On top of that, it offers many business opportunities for constructers as well as the FIA itself.

How far do you think we are from an officially sanctioned FIA World Drifting Championship?

Looking forward to 2020, what will this year have in store for you?

My plans for this year are quite straightforward. I’m entering the full Russian Drift Series championship and I’ll attend various ‘stance’ and tuning events as well as a bunch of demonstrations and drift shows.

I heard you're building a new car. Can you tell me a bit more about it?

Yes! For this year I’m building a completely new car. It’s going to be a Nissan 370Z with a VR engine that produces over 1000hp. When it’s done it should only weigh 1100kg. It will be a spectacular car [laughs].

Looking forward to 2020, what will this year have in store for you?

   

FIA PRESENTS FIRST OFFICIAL REGULATIONS FOR DRIFTING
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