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Old 10th May 2010, 03:49   #1
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Default Formula Drift - Drifting Championship. I was there!!

Drifting refers to a driving technique and to a motorsport where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed. A car is said to be drifting when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle prior to the corner apex, and the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn (e.g. car is turning left, wheels are pointed right or vice versa), and the driver is controlling these factors.


the above is obviously not the stuff that i can type out. pulled it out from Wikipedia.


Formula Drift is a championship which is held nationwide and features some top notch teams and privateers. its very much like INRC that we have. privateers who impress the sponsors get sponsorship deals. Need For Speed did sponsor one such privateer.

enough of digressing.

This event that I went to was held at Road Atlanta (Braselton,GA) which is a motorsports park.
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they have a calendar of events covering all types of track races. This is known to be one of the best racetracks too (they claim).

The days events actually started in the noon with free practice for all participants starting at 2pm. I planned my travel such that I'd reach there by 1pm just so i could get to see these cars up close.

I parked up and walked towards the Paddock/Pits area.

passed by these on my way...

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interesting drift in a RC car..


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Old 10th May 2010, 04:31   #2
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as i was entering the paddock region, my attention fell to the far corner of the area where i saw tyre smoke and rumbling V8's. it was the dodge stall.

and those V8's rumbling were Challengers and Chargers in SRT 8 HEMI's. they were drifting in a track made specially by Dodge. this had nothing to do with the actual competition. I stood and watched it for a while and then i saw this
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oh yes. thats when i realized that the passenger seat was part of the thrill ride on these drifting 425HP V8's. left the rest of my paddock visit to air and got in line for this ride of a lifetime.

this is where my eyes where stuck on all through the wait for my turn.
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actually i know the pix are a lil useless but then, I ain't gonna tell "i'm sorry for bad pix " and all that...its really the camera's fault. it just won't focus forget zooming in/out.

anyway, i took this video while waiting and then, the moment arrived. it was my turn. the 2nd part of the below video is stunning. must see.




what a ride it turned out to be..phew.Oh btw, my ride was a Challenger (the orange one you see in pix)
well, now the greed came in. went for a 2nd time this time to just sit and feel it and not concentrate on the video. this time around, my ride was a black Challenger. Not that I'm complaining, but then, I'd really wanted to ride in the Charger. This is what the charger did for the video..



this was one adrenaline filled stall i tell you.

and this was just the beginning of all the fun there was coming up.
at this time, I haven't even seen the track.

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Old 10th May 2010, 06:29   #3
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WOW another fantastic event you got to visit
Must have been one helluva ride sitting in that Dodge

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I somehow don't like that Scion xB..yuck!
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WOW another fantastic event you got to visit
Must have been one helluva ride sitting in that Dodge

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I somehow don't like that Scion xB..yuck!
the drift ride was one hell of an experience man.seriously. I just got lazy. I need to update this thread with lotsa pix man.

The scion xB's look kinda weird but you know the kinda fan following they have right. well , i know about it. most of the shows that we exhibit in has scion sponsorship and therefore a whole lot of scions end up there.
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Sweet. Seems like that Dodge stall made your day!

Wish something like this caught on in India as well. Can you imagine going to watch one of our national championships and also getting a ride in manufacturer X's souped up car etc etc. Would definitely increase the viewership for those events too. Win-win.

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Rehaan, We need the manufacturers to make more driver oriented cars for that. Not 1.2liter shopping trolleys. And RWD of course. Otherwise wehsall see a ton and more of Fiats and Ambis do this.

@14000, AWESOME coverage. Any more pictures?
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Awesome videos 14000rpm.
Loved the one where you took the ride and the charger's burnout.
Did you take one of the driver driving the car? Would love to see the driver inputs in controlling the car.
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Sweet. Seems like that Dodge stall made your day!

Wish something like this caught on in India as well. Can you imagine going to watch one of our national championships and also getting a ride in manufacturer X's souped up car etc etc. Would definitely increase the viewership for those events too. Win-win.

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it sure did. it was a surprise one coz I never knew they were doing it.

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Rehaan, We need the manufacturers to make more driver oriented cars for that. Not 1.2liter shopping trolleys. And RWD of course. Otherwise wehsall see a ton and more of Fiats and Ambis do this.

@14000, AWESOME coverage. Any more pictures?
i've got lotsa pix and a race video too.

will put them up soon.

I thought this thread was not gonna get any replies so I just stay put. I'll put pix later today.

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Awesome videos 14000rpm.
Loved the one where you took the ride and the charger's burnout.
Did you take one of the driver driving the car? Would love to see the driver inputs in controlling the car.
i personally love the part of the video where i point to the burnout of the challenger rear wheels. the one i took a ride on.
when i was busy taking video the 1st time around, i realized i was not enjoying it. so the 2nd time, i did not bother to take video.
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Great stuff man! You must have had one hell of a time. Keep some more pics coming!
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moving on, i went around the Dodge stall.
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more paddock strolling ...
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and now for the participants..

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more participants..
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Rehaan, We need the manufacturers to make more driver oriented cars for that. Not 1.2liter shopping trolleys. And RWD of course. Otherwise wehsall see a ton and more of Fiats and Ambis do this.
I think if the "public" was given a real drive in any car, it would be a thrill.
Ofcourse i was aiming for rally prepped fiestas etc -- but to be honest, even a thrilling ride around a track in a 1.2 can be an exhilarating experience for most people, and will perhaps draw more crowds to watch the actual motorsports event.

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PS - Does the RX8 have a radiator at the rear? Or has it been modified?
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Oh my Gaaawd.

Insane machines. The RX 8 was a real killer, and he seem to have stripped almost anything and everything from the inside.

What was the Miata doing there by the way? LOL

But, I envy you there for being close to such beauties
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