Hi Rick, for people who are unfamiliar with it, can you tell us what drifting is exactly, as a sport?
Well, it’s the baddest and coolest form of motorsport there is. The goal is simply to drive your car through a series of corners as fast as you can while going sideways. There’s a jury who judge the drivers on speed, line, angle and the entertainment they give the spectators. Every weekend starts off with a few solo qualifying runs followed by duo runs. In a duo run we each do one run, with one car leading and another car following, and then we switch roles for the next round.
I see all kind of cars at drifting events. Is there even a rulebook?
Yes and no, that’s the beauty of the sport. You can take any car you want - it only has to comply with certain FIA safety standards. So you can enter a car that started out with a four-cylinder engine but swap that for a big fat V8 - it doesn’t matter. Neither is there a limit on the horsepower that your engine can produce. Some of the cars in the European competition run with over 1000 bhp. It’s all within the rules. My car “only” has 600 bhp because that’s the limit for my gearbox and differential. I could push my car further and it could easily achieve more power but that would strain the engine too much and I would need more than one engine to get through the season. Basically you can run any car you can afford to buy or build.