Driver dictionary: Russian drift


The most popular car sports history dates back to the 1960s. Surprisingly, the world’s first person to master controlled drifting technology is a motorcycle racer. Kunimitsu Takahashi became the first Japanese to win the 1961 World Circuit Championship. Having won a number of cups, the radar had to leave motor sports after a serious accident on the stage of the Man of Isle of Man game.

However, the Takahashi injuries could not stop saying “I always feel thirsty for speed.” The “four wheel drive” sports world was “bursting” and he immediately began to win. The Japanese Grand Prix, Japan’s Formula 2000, “24 Hours Le Mans” and even “Formula One” are all included in his record. In circuit racing, Takahashi developed his own unique drifting method. “On full steam” I created an oversteer, though the car did not slow down in rotation, it passed it at full speed filling the tracks with the smoke of the burned rubber.

Keiichi Tsuchiya became a person who breathes and popularizes a new life. Many victorious pro race drivers were indifferent to illegal competition in controlled drift, and he lost his career almost. We would like to thank the D-1 Grand Prix for granting legitimacy to this professional series of events, the world’s largest drift association.

The influenced world culture did not pass through our country. We talked about the drifting of Russia and what it takes to “join” the best drifters in the business.

Please tell us more about the drifting of Russia. What is the function?

Details of the drift in Russia are several semi-pro leagues and one main RDS (Russian drift series) in the Russian Federation. This year RDS GP starts in Moscow and ends in Vladivostok. Everything is different in both financial components and pilot experience. Of course, we have a dream to go to RDS, but until now there are no vehicles ready to compete with pilots and finance and sponsors. I hope you will start moving in this direction by participating in the Western Regional Championship Drift Matsuri SPB next year.

What is the difference between winter and summer?

Winter drift – relatively inexpensive summer. This is necessarily “Lada”. You can only brew the differential as if it were in stock, and you can go to a machine ready for locks, buckets, hydraulic handbrake, and more. It all depends on your imagination and ability. Of course, as pilots, cars and championship training levels rise every year, you have to be prepared to buy new tires at all levels, constantly monitor your car and build powerful engines. But as I said before, everything depends on your ability. A good level of winter “Lada” is 150-200 million rubles, and the cost of rubber adds to the stage. If everything is assembled with high quality and accuracy, the season is going well, so I recommend you do not save the excellent craftsmen. “Zhiguli” has this function. The quality of all new parts is so different that they are not suitable for cars after you purchase new parts.

Drift in the summer – even on a budget. I think at least 400,000 people buy trained Japanese or German, mostly Nissan, Toyota and BMW. Fixed cost for rubber, car maintenance, because 400,000 people will always fail. Let’s not forget about breakdown because drift is a touch sport. The drift in the professional league is one-third to one-quarter of a million cars and it will be an average player. The cost of the stage will be over 200 – the cost of team, machine, accommodation, rubber, and contribution.


Driver dictionary: Russian drift

I want to start wandering. What is needed for this? What is the minimum specification sheet?

For winter drifting (I will judge by my example.) I will buy the VAZ 2102 and prepare disk locks, buckets, handbrake, sport steering wheel, prepare front and rear suspension and put at least 1.7 engines in Niva will be. And I will enjoy the winter drift. As for the drift of summer, I am a fan of the BMW brand. So I will advise E30, E36 and E46. These are quite popular in the history of drift, and they have many ready solutions for construction. So everything depends on your desires and possibilities, such as pipes, air engines, cams, sequential or standard manual gearboxes. In summer, the options for making cars are several times more than winter, so there are many combinations.

How did your drift begin?

My drift story started with the purchase of the BMW M3 in the 46th body and the creation of a project on Youtube. “I want to drift.” It was a long time and I think everything started well.


Driver dictionary: Russian drift

The perfect drift car?

The ideal drifting machine is the BMW 3er on the 92nd body or the more modern M4 platform. But often this is all Silvia S15.

Nikita Sikov

2nd RDS Drift Series winner, Russian and international contestants and winners


Driver dictionary: Russian drift

Please tell us more about the drifting of Russia. What is the function?

The drifting culture of Russia is very diverse. First of all, it has to do with deployment geography. Drift can be divided into Western and Eastern. In a spirit closer to the origins of drifting in Japan. In my opinion, we have done our best in the old school. However, from the standpoint of ideology and composition, the Russian championship was built according to Japanese audiences in an appropriate style. This is not an inertial drift, but a power slide, which is adopted in the United States and represents the whole. Turn on the gas. These are smaller distances between race cars than in more technical tracks and double heat.

Of course, the main features of our drift culture can be called throughout the year. Becoming one of the most widely known sports, predominantly winter and ice makes it easier for the owner, drifting constantly to create new competitions, series and championships.

I will not be humble if I say that Russian drift today is very high. And a series of RDS competitions are in the TOP-3 World Championships. Also, the level of participants in many other countries is much lower than that of Russian athletes.


Driver dictionary: Russian drift

What is the difference between winter and summer?

This question is very controversial. On the one hand, there are some differences, and on the other hand, they do not really exist. The main difference in the technical aspect of this problem is accessibility. Winter drift is very reasonable price. Feel the irresistible feelings of drift and develop driving skills with pleasure, you will hear our favorite Soviet “classic”. You can “cheer” the motors a bit, replace similar ones in Niva, install handbrake and buckets to successfully participate in winter competition and improve your skills.

Winter drift is one of the best assistants in training muscle memory and improving the skills of driving skills. You can also spend a lot more time behind the wheel of the “drift car” because of the harsh climate that makes the ice cover almost everywhere.

Summer drift does not forgive mistakes. More technology and precision are required. It takes far more time and money to build a car ready for summer drift. In addition, winter drift is a necessary basis to become unable to learn the basics of summer drift. In summer, the cornering speed is much faster and the grip is maximum, so the pilot must be far more skilled at surpassing drift.

In summary, the following conclusions can be drawn.

  • Winter drift – less expensive and less complicated,
  • Summer drift – cheap, complex, and much better.

It is impossible to rule out these sports. Winter drift has gained momentum and has become a truly national motor sport, rooted in Soviet motor sports milestones, creating a whole project.

I want to start wandering. What is needed for this? What is the minimum specification sheet?

If you have a minimum budget, the ideal option to start is actually to buy “Zhiguli”. There are lots of blogs and videos on the network that tell you about the construction of “cars” for winter drift. This study allows you to make good cars independently for drift.

As for summer contests, you can start buying traditional Japanese bodies such as your favorite Toyota Mark II, Chaser, and Altezza. This model has the most suitable platform, engine, gearbox and gearbox to withstand drift characteristics. Nissan models such as Sylvia and BMW vehicles of course can not be excluded.

List of minimum specifications:

  • Engine (rated at 300 hp)
  • ladle
  • lock,
  • A wheel that reveals a little sophistication.

Do not jump into the “supercar” construction that surprises other people and forum users, uses the fastest, minimal sheet, and polishes your driving skills.

And of course, the second tip: Please! Begin with the winter drift and sharpen your skills as it is very interesting and inexpensive.


Driver dictionary: Russian drift

How did your drift begin?

The story started in 2006 when a big car fan working in this field decided to buy a new car. I prefer Japanese cars, surf the Internet and find the right specimen, and I’ve seen a video of controlled drift that pulls me from my teenage years.

Then bought the “stock” Toyota Altezza, and I started learning this culture. Unfortunately, there were no winners or competitors at the time, but we could not improve our skills and get to enjoy the unspoken pleasure of walking around the desert parking lot. And when the first competition started, 40 people took part in the competition and came in eighth place. I believed I could compete for the title in this game.

It is worth noting that my history is very similar to the drift development in my country, since my career development can be said to have begun at the moment of a drifting culture in Russia.

I created a special project consisting of six episodes titled “Drifting in Russia”, all of which became familiar with this culture and traced all the formation steps passed by me and many Russian pilots.

The perfect drift car?

As I said, there is a basic platform ideal for drift. You do not have to “relaunch your wheels” by creating drift racing cars in completely improper cars. Pay attention to competing cars – these are ideally suited platforms for controlled drift.

I would like to add that it is important to find a balance between strength, grip and reliability. Unlike popular misconceptions, I would like to deduce from mythology that professional drift is not a bad grip between rubber and asphalt. Thanks to plastic rubber. Conversely, drift car tires have the best grip and riders use low-pressure “half-poly”. The entire skid is due to the rider’s high speed and skill set.

We invite everyone who is interested in the first stage of the RDS at the Moscow Raceway from May 5th to 6th. With your eyes, ears, nose and fingertips you can feel like a real professional drift!

Thank you for helping prepare the material: Maxim Tishchenko
Nikita Shikova


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