By   July 20, 2018

Audi R8

Audi R8

Drifting a car can be tricky and doing so in an all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicle is more difficult than other layouts. What makes it more difficult is that all four wheels are fighting for traction.

In order to drift a car you need the back end to get loose before you control the slide. Of course the Ford Focus RS makes it easier with its drift button.

To be able to drift an AWD car you first need the right machine. It needs enough horsepower to be able to break traction. The Audi R8 and Subaru WRX are two choices that can be made to work.

For learning how to drift a track or large empty parking lot are good options. Ideally there are not too many obstacles as it takes some time to get the feel just right.

The trick is to get enough speed in a corner and then turn hard into the corner. On new vehicles you will need to turn off traction control. You then brake hard and release it helping to get the rear end loose. Next you wait briefly and then you get on the throttle feathering it and using the steering wheel to point the car through the drift keeping it controlled.

This video explains how to do it and you can see how difficult it can be to get right.

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