One will find a good inclusive list of popular drifting techniques. Some are comparatively easier to do than others. It should be tried to see which one is suitable. Many professional drifters don’t integrate all these techniques into their techniques. It should not be thought to learn all of them to be good in drifting. Although there are some techniques that are needed to know. They are necessary like the ‘heel and toe shifting’. It may help anyhow, although these should be practiced in a safe and legal location.
Drifting Techniques with Clutch
Shift Lock Drift
While a turn is being approached, the driver downshifts and dropping the rpm to slow down the drive train. The clutch is then released which makes the back wheels to slow down immediately and lock up so they lose traction.
Heel And Toe Shifting
For initiating this type of technique, as the name suggests, the technique requires the use of heel and toe. The driver is required to press the brakes with the right foot, while at the same time pressing the clutch using the left foot. The toes and the heel slides over to the accelerator for revving the engine up before down shifting the vehicle. With this technique, there will be smooth downshifting without the vehicle being jolted.
Clutch Kick Drift
While the driver approaches the turn, the clutch is held, the rpm is increased and downshifts. The driver then releases the clutch; it has a smooth effect and makes a power surge that makes the back wheels lose their traction. This is a basic drifting technique.
Brake-Based Drifting Techniques
When the driver enters the turn, the brakes are applied to push the car’s weight to the front wheels, it makes the back wheels to rise losing its traction. The driver then uses a combination of braking and shifting for holding the drift without locking up the back wheels.
This is a basic drifting technique. When the driver enters a turn, he pulls the emergency brake locking the back wheels. He then steers into the turn and the back end swings out causing a drift.
Long Slide Drift
This is a drifting technique on a long straightaway while approaching a turn. At a high speed of up to 100 mph, the driver pulls the emergency brake initiating a long drift while maintaining it into the turn. This is a rather simple method for initiating the drift.
Other Drifting Techniques
Choku-Dori (Swaying Drift)
As the name suggests, this drifts give a looks of swaying. The drift begins on a long straight approach to a turn. When the car starts drifting, the steering is used for maintaining the drift in the form of a side-to-side action making the car sway at its back end.
While entering a turn at a high speed, the gas pedal is suddenly released by the driver to shift the weight to the front wheels, this initiate a drift as the rear tires lose their traction. This method initiates a drift.