Drift Talk: RC drift speed
I am always looking for a subject that sparks debate, gets people involved and talking today a suggestion was made to discuss drift speed, Just a little Facebook post to say a blog was coming sparked debate amongst people so who knows what the blog will cause.
From my point of view there are two schools of thought on the speed from the Ricky Bobby I wanna go fast drifters and the I go slow its more realistic brigade. Me personally I can see the fun in both sometimes I just wanna throw my chassis in to bends as fast as I can for shits and giggles with big backwards entries and other days some slow steady drifting aiming for the line and clip boxes and focusing on the technique and getting door to door (Or just spinning in to a wall). A lot of how I drift depends on the other cars on track if it is a track full of people in a train at low speeds then that is what I will try and achieve on the other hand if it is a bunch of dudes hooning around then that is what I am going to do. I don’t see the point in getting pissy with people if they are not drifting how I would like, I just join in and try and have fun.
I think there can be a balance between the two to be honest I think a certain amount of speed and aggression should always be used but you have to factor in a few things when you pick your side of the argument.
People talk about going slow looks more realistic and I think a lot of people get lost in that statement and will say well real cars enter bends at up 100 MPH so how does a slow RC car look more realistic. Well you have to take in to account the scale speed of your chassis if your RC car is entering a bend at 10 MPH then that’s your 100 MPH scale entry right there but when your 120A ESC is screaming its tits off in to a bend flat out then you are probably rocking a scale speed of 350 MPH and that’s not so realistic. However I do understand where the speed freaks are coming from because visually it can sometimes look a little dull and if you were not necessarily in to drifting and the slow steady stuff is what you were first exposed to then you may not think it is a very exciting hobby.
I think if you are a skilled enough at drifting and drift regularly then you should be able to adapt to the different speeds at each venue and adapt your style to suit. I have been around RC drifting for a while and have been lucky enough to see people twining at pretty decent speeds and it looks visually stunning, so is it a case that going slower is easier and it makes twinning more achievable? Personally I don’t think so.
Full size stuff
Full size drifting when you sit back and watch it is very much the same as RC you watch old YouTube clips of the D1 championships in Japan and you you see big entry speeds but the speed is bled through the corner and it becomes very much about proximity where Formula D is very much big power lots of tyre smoke and there seems to be more focus on speed. So I guess really RC drifting falls in to those who want to emulate D1 and those who want to recreate formula D, I don’t think either way is right or wrong because as long as you are having fun that is all that matters.
D1 Example, although this still pretty fast you can see the proximity I was talking about.
Formula D example shows the power through the corners
I think both are cool but some people like D1 some like Formula D and the same goes for RC drifting, some people however are like Daigo Saito and he is fucking mental and defies all explanation so lets take a second break to appreciate his lunacy.
Lets all be like him and just have fun and not waste our time being pissy about things.
Cheers for reading let the debate commence.
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