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Step-By-Step: FWD Drifting

Staying Sideways: Front-Wheel Drive

Richard S. Chang
Aug 1, 2000

1. It’s harder to do than in a RWD because you don’t have the oversteer characteristics of a rear-wheel-drive car. So you use the weight of the car and the emergency brake. Please remember: Only attempt in an area expressly deemed legal and safe for drifting, never on public roads. Steer into the turn as hard as possible, until you feel the back end begin to oversteer.

2. With the clutch in, pull the E-brake with the clutch. Simultaneously, take your foot off the gas pedal until the car swings completely sideways.

3. Countersteer the wheel in the complete opposite direction of the turn. This releases any tire grip from the front tires.

4. Drop the E-brake. Hit the gas full throttle. The car will continue to drift.

5. When you feel the car coming out of the drift, rapidly release the steering wheel, and let it spin to straighten itself. When it does, grab it, and cruise out of the drift.

By Richard S. Chang
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