Japanese Gearheads Have Invented a Brilliant New Way to Make Front-Drive Cars Drift

All you need to drift is a cheap, FWD Kei car and some PVC.

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If you're looking to get into the drift scene but only have access to a front-wheel drive car, your options are limited. You can try throwing cafeteria trays under your rear wheels and sliding around, but they usually wear out quickly. But there's another, safer way to get sideways with a front-wheel drive car, and it looks incredibly fun.

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Instead of using plastic trays and hoping for the best, the Japanese drift scene has figured out a more straightforward way to get the rear end to kick out: PVC plastic-wrapped tires. It's as simple as mounting a ring of PVC to the rear tires and heading out onto a closed course to get sideways. Much like you'd find on , the plastic-clad rear tires have virtually no grip; the front wheels provides the power and steering so that the driver remains in control. Japan-based YouTuber put together a video showing the budget Kei-car drift trend in action.

As you can see, drivers are able to sustain some decidedly uncharacteristic (for FWD economy cars) oversteer as a result. The speeds are a lot slower, too, so anyone new to the fun will have plenty of time to learn and correct in case they plan on hopping into a faster rear-wheel drive car.

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