Saturday, August 25, 2012
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The recreational sport of racing remote controlled cars has taken a long overdue turn towards the drifting scene. Enthusiasts are designing, building and drifting RC cars on professionally designed courses. The RC cars are fast, sexy, and realistic with the names of popular manufacturers' from the drifting world adorning the fenders and wheel wells as seen on traditional, life-sized race cars. The ability of these drivers to control their cars into hairpin turns and figure eights, at breakneck speeds, while the vehicle is sliding seemingly uncontrollably, is profound and awe-inspiring. The new trend is expected to reach a larger global audience as the sport takes wind and grows as fast as the turning wheels of the RC cars they race.
The dedication to accuracy and realism
For many drifting RC car owners, racing is more than a hobby and the level of commitment to every detail of the car becomes important. Owners try to make their vehicles as close to the combustion version as possible, all the way down to miniature rivets and racing swag decals stickered to the side like sponsored advertisements. The tires are specially designed for use on drift cars and allow the vehicle to slide in the manner that is the trademark concept of the sport. The wheels are lightweight and also designed to resemble the actual manufacturers who produce the wheels used on professional drift racing cars. From the wheels to sway bars and exhaust tips, the cars look, function, and respond the way an actual drift car would.
Tracks that mirror a real world racing circuit, at a fraction of the size
To accommodate the technologically advanced and precision engineered remote controlled cars, enthusiasts commission the construction of elaborate and accurate model road course circuits. Oftentimes the course is equipped with tight turns and all of the obstacles seen on public roads and highways. It is common to see lanes and exits painted on the model roads to offer some measure of challenge and accuracy to the expert drifters, while beginner courses sometimes utilize miniature cones to act as regulators and guides.
Learn from the pros at competitions or online tutorials
The internet is bristling with content for individuals interested in joining leagues dedicated to the sport of drifting RC cars. There are international contests and competitions such as the Korea RC Street Drift Challenge that invite professionals from all over the world to strut their savvy slides before a live audience and professional camera crew. Guidance can be found online to assist in the design, fabrication, or purchase of a circuit ready drift car or as a tool for getting tips to drifting, handed down from credible and capable RC drifters.
The RC world is experiencing the same explosion of interest as the racing scene did at the introduction of drifting. The screeching engines and whiplash turns keep participation high and attentions focused, while the speed and realistic look of the individual cars keep the hobby modern and flashy. With the growing popularity of the sport, the world of RC drifting should expect faster cars and cooler tracks in the very near future.
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This post was written by: Franklin Manuel
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