Last Call: Why Formula Drift is the best motorsport

Right off the bat, I want to clarify that all motorsport is amazing. But I feel like Formula Drift offers the most to someone who may not keep up with motorsports. The tire smoke, racing gas, and the sound of 1,000 hp engines rebounding off the skyscrapers gets me giddy as soon as I get to downtown. Plus, you don’t really need to know anything about it to enjoy it.

Since they only use a small portion of the entire track so you get to see the action from start to finish. My biggest issue with F1 and GP racing is that when you’re in the stands you get to see everyone blow past you and then you wait for it to happen again. Now compare that to Formula drift where stupidly powerful cars get within inches of each other and the walls as they leave a massive trail of tire smoke in their wake. Sign me up! You also have crazy builds like Frederico Scerifo’s Ferrari 599 in this video. By the way, it was twin-supercharged but switched to nitrous to save weight. Ya know, because drifting.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see a Formula Drift event in person before I highly recommend it. The crowd is all juiced up on NOS energy you can’t help but get hyped just being there.


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4 responses to “Last Call: Why Formula Drift is the best motorsport”

  1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    So let me throw NASCAR and it’s small tracks into this mix. There are several where you can sit and see the entire race without missing any of it. Dover comes to mind right off the bat and that’s a one mile track. That’s not even going to the 5/8th mile track that is Bristol. You get to hear the noise, feel the power, and see the pits if you see on almost half the track.
    Oh and it’s a circus when you go there.

  2. P161911 Avatar

    Sorry but drifting for me is somewhere between the rasslin and figure skating of the Motorsports world. Don’t get me wrong, it looks cool, but the competition and judging is purely subjective. I’ll take a dirt track if I want to see cars going sideways. Drifting is a cool show like Monster Trucks, but barely a sport, more entertainment. I know that it does take skill to do it right.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Drifting is like figure skating. The routines are choreographed by the contestants.
      Monster trucks are like Disney on Ice. The routines are choreographed by the producers. Technically, I suppose monster trucks ARE Disney on Ice.

    2. ghosty Avatar

      I understand what you’re saying, but it isn’t purely subjective. There is a specific line to follow around the course as well as specific acceleration and braking zones. There’s also a myriad of ways to achieve an automatic zero on any given run.

      It’s certainly different from traditional racing since speed and finishing first across the line aren’t the requirements for winning. But at the top level, it is surprisingly technical and nuanced in the driving.

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