Car drifting is a driving technique that, on the surface, appears all over the place. It was ‘born’ in Japan and began its rise to popularity in Australia in the late 90s. It has steadily grown in popularity over the years. While drifting, the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle, which means the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn. Drivers intentionally oversteer, lose traction and then keep control to drive the car around the corner.
Sounds confusing, right? All will be made clear when you head off to drifting school and learn how it’s possible to drive sideways! There are learn to drift options for absolute beginners right through to more advanced experiences for drivers who want to push their skills to the next level.
You’ll learn in a professional drifting vehicle with a championship driver (who will teach you everything you need to know about drifting techniques), so prepare for some serious improvements to your handling skills. Want the fun without needing to take the wheel? Leave it to the pros and buckle up for exhilarating drifting hot laps.
What does it feel like to go drifting?
When you get behind the wheel of a 180SX, 200SX, R32 or R33 Skylines, you’ll discover the unique thrill that is drifting.
This adrenaline-fuelled driving experience takes place with helpful instruction from a professional driving instructor.
You’ll learn driving skills you never thought existed, let alone imagined doing yourself as you take the wheel of a rear-wheel drive car for some of the hottest track action available.
Where is the best place to learn to drift?
Drifting experiences are available at locations around Australia. Each offers you an incredible adventure in specially prepared drift cars, as well as plenty of twists, turns and views to enjoy along the way. You can discover how to drift, or just sit back and enjoy the ride from the passenger seat.
For turning, cornering, braking techniques, competition levels set to floor you and a fun-filled setting in the great outdoors of New South Wales, head to the Sydney Dragway at Eastern Creek.
The Sydney drifting packages offered at Adrenaline, like the 8 drift battle hot laps, have received commercial television coverage and rave reviews.
For the ultimate in tyre-smoking action, you’ll be strapped into the passenger seat for a white-knuckle thrill ride in a custom-built drift car with D1 World All Star and Drift Australia Champion Fernando Wiehrl. He and his professional drifting sparring partner will go head to head in a competition-level drift battle, with you along for the hot-laps ride of a lifetime.
Those lucky enough to be able to make it to Queensland Raceway are also in for a treat. Learn to drift with professional stunt driver and stunt double Eugene Arendsen. Brisbane is a great place to try drifting as the track hosts more than 30 track drift events each year.
Western Australia is also well served, with the famous Barbagallo Raceway offering a range of drifting experiences in Perth, from 10 lap drives with two hot laps to an incredible 40 lap Xtreme Drive.
For drifting in Victoria, there are two spots easily reached from Melbourne – Winton Motor Raceway and Bacchus Marsh. Take a look at our range for the full selection of exciting experiences to choose from.
What should I know before my drifting experience?
All passengers who take part in a drifting experience must be a minimum 12 years of age. Parental consent is also required if the participant is aged between 12 and 18 years old.
No prior drifting experience is required for passengers or drivers. However, drivers must be at least 16 years old, present a current L-plate driver’s licence, and possess basic knowledge and experience in driving a manual-transmission vehicle.
Wearing a long-sleeved shirt or top, long jeans or pants and enclosed footwear is compulsory for all drifting events.
Also on the day, don’t forget to bring a hat and sunglasses, apply plenty of sunscreen and bring your camera to remember this unforgettable experience.
Is drifting a safe experience?
If you’ve always wanted to try drifting, or just love pushing your driving skills to new levels, these adventures are the way to do it safely. The professional instructors are real pros who’ll make sure you remain safe throughout your experience. Many are championships in their realm and all are top of the class. This means you’ll be getting the safest, most technically precise and adrenaline-charged drifting experiences around.
Your safety is the number one priority at all times, whether you’re at the wheel for a learn-to-drive drifting package or enjoying hot laps as a passenger.