A 2002 2500hd 6.0 Chevy Pickup drifting the track and putting on a great display for the spectators, heaps of smoke, tire rubber and noise. This was filmed during the truck spectator drags at Beech Ridge, and according to the Chevy owner the only mods are a cold air intake and Flowmaster mufflers.
Drifting, although not a form of racing everyone’s likes, can be very spectacular given the right driver and car set up. However in this video it is a solo demo in a pickup truck with none of the usual modifications made to drift racing vehicles.
Not what would be considered the ideal drifting machine, but more than capable of putting on a top spectacle going by the number of views this video has had so far. Being a 6.0litre V8 pickup it has some advantage of a powerful engine with comparatively light weight over the rear wheels.
Not the sort of activity you would expect in a truck – but hey – it was good fun
You might ask why this post in a Chevy Pickup truck website? Two reasons,  this is a different post for a change, and  after watching this short video I can see truck drifting becoming popular.
Some History Of Drifting.
There doesn’t seem to be any record of when and where drifting actually started, but was possibly Japan somewhere during the 1970″s. America came into the sport around 1996/98 with many other countries like UK, NZ, Australia, Asia and China joining in during the early 2K years establishing a popular sport.
The cars are mostly saloons or coupes and generally whatever makes are popular and inexpensive to buy used. In many countries they are Japanese cars as these are plentiful, and have or can be made to have a good power to weight ratio. Nissan Skylines and 240’s are popular as are Toyota, but in the UK it is BMW’s that fit the criteria more.
Formula DRIFT or Formula D is the premier United Statesdrifting series. Formula Drift, Inc. was co-founded by Jim Liaw and Ryan Sage in 2003 as a sister company to the now defunct Slipstream Global Marketing, the same partnership that introduced D1 Grand Prix to the United States. The new entity would solely own, operate and launch the first official drifting series in North America. 2014 will be Formula Drift’s eleventh year of competition.
With more than 60+ currently licensed drivers competing , Formula Drift is recognized as the premier North American professional drifting championship series. The series consists of a seven round championship played out at race tracks across the United States. Judged on execution and style, rather than who finishes the course in the fastest time, Formula Drift brings together traditional racing and extreme sports.
Formula Drift works closely with a huge variety of endemic and non-endemic business partners from energy drinks to the military. Most notably Formula Drift works with the largest amount of tire suppliers to a single series. Achilles, Falken, Hankook, Maxxis, Kenda, Nitto, GT Radial, and Yokohama all work together to supply teams and develop test their products.
Drifting rules are quite different to the usual racing ones. Winners are judged in several ways, I started to read up on this and gave it away as it takes quite a bit of understanding. Basically the entrants are judged on their driving style, how well they performed overall, the appearance of their car, along with a list of things they can but mostly can’t do, during a race. Right down to where and how they can, and cant, pass another car. The first car over the line is not necessarily the winner but will be the judges pick of the race on a points basis. Not an easy task but seems fair as it means the guy with the biggest checkbook and quickest car will not necessarily even get a mention.
The G force can get quite high so to keep the driver secure a racing seat is used along with a 5 point safety harness. The steering angles will be modified, and non-standard spring and dampers are used. Either limited slip diffs – the clutch type as these lock up better – or the spider gears are welded making the diff permanently locked up driving both rear wheels together.