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      Formula Drift @ Road Atlanta

      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.

      I'm glad this thread existed Drifting Techniques : Track Racing & Track Days without which I'd understand nothing.
      Thanks Nithin.

      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 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.

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      ..and these.
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      and then onto the Paddock Valley
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      this kid was drifting nicely ..his ride, a scale model RC nissan skyline R34



      Rahul, is this what you had in mind ?

      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

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      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. 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.
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      with the best part of my visit done with, I went on with my paddock stroll. 1st off, the dodge stall itself was impressive what with the record setting (nurburgring record) Viper displayed.
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      more paddock strolling...

      in this NOS stall, they'd got the electronic RC cars not the gas/nitro ones and let everybody have a go at it. I did too. I was horrible at it.

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      NOS was out there giving out free NOS drinks to all and their lounge was pretty nice too with PYT's all around.

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      NFS was out there with a lounge of theirs too with gaming consoles where one could get to play NFS Shift. by the time i got my turn, the competition had begun. So chucked this and went to the track.

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      and now the participant cars in the pits.
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      ...and more participant cars...
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      ..there are just so many of them...
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      We need more videos!!!
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      Yup yup! That is exactly what I was looking out for. It only helps to have a go-karting track next door where you could drift your Nitro powered RC car around .

      Coming back to topic, the ride in the Challenger must have been quite thrilling. Waiting for the rest of the videos from the Drift Championship.

      Someday, hopefully, we will get to drift on a track like this in India.....
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