Go Karting 101: Mastering the Drift

Fast & the Furious Tokyo Drift has become a popular movie not just because of the fast-paced driving, but due to its insane drifting stunts. While you might not be able to pull off the complex stunts in the movie, you’ll be able to drift on the track in no time.

One of the best skills to learn on the track is drifting. Not only is it a maneuver that helps you cut through tough turns, but it looks cool when doing it. In this guide, we’ll give you a few pointers to help you drift smoothly and effectively.

How to Drive

When you obtain a Go Kart, you want to lean back in order to give the tires more traction. To make your driving more streamlined, you have to be consistent with all of your movements. This includes braking, steering, and pressing on the gas.

When turning, always lean towards the corner, this allows for the back wheels to receive more traction and turn more smoothly. While this may sound confusing, this is one of the basics of go-kart driving. If you do this, and your opponent doesn’t, then it might cost him the race.

How Can I Drift on A Go Kart?

Every go-kart track has one tricky turn, which can be difficult to maneuver at first. But this is where the thrill of drifting comes in, and you should aim to drift during this complex turn. However, you’re allowed to drift on any turn on the track. Here are a few steps that you should follow if you want to drift on a go-kart.

how to drift in a go kart

Drive on the Right Line: When you’re planning to drift, the line that you’re driving on makes a huge difference. To drift correctly, you need to drive on the exterior lane and keep your kart straight.

Lean Towards the Opposite Side: Once your kart starts approaching the corner, steer away from the turn at a balanced speed. While doing this, make sure that you lean in the opposite direction. For instance, if you’re turning left, lean to the right and vice versa.

Accelerator and Brakes: Before you make a strong and sudden move by driving in the opposite direction, make sure that you back towards the turn. Start by softly applying the brakes and then release them. Accelerate by moving your kart to the direction of the track.

Point Your Wheels: After you’re done drifting, make sure that your wheels are pointed to the right direction of the track. Let the wheels point towards the natural flow of the track and continue to drive.

Now that you know how to drift correctly, you’ll be able to block other drivers from overtaking you. Keep practicing it until you’ve gotten the hang of it.

Go Karting Tips

  • If you want to increase your drifting slide, start by hitting the accelerator and the brakes. But, you should try this step once you’ve practiced with your go-kart. Doing so will allow you to control the vehicle even if you lose direction.
  • When driving in a race, there will be some drivers that are driving faster and might overtake you. However, don’t panic or be intimated by them. Instead, just focus on the finish line that’s ahead of you and complete the race.
  • When you’re driving a Go-Kart, and you’re about to drift, you’ll reach a state of “controlled chaos.” However, its more fun when you don’t lose your cool and remain in control. By panicking, you’ll only increase the chances of failure when driving.
  • Don’t drive too slow on the track because you won’t be able to drift. You’ll just end up making a normal turn. Also, you don’t want to drive too fast as you’ll spin your go kart out. Continue to drive at a speed that you can control to ensure that you can drift correctly.

Overall, learning how to drift is a skill that’s easy to learn but hard to master. When driving your go kart, give it time to get used to the track and start turning at a regular speed. Once you’ve learned how to drift, you’ll be able to amaze your friends and increase your chances of driving like a pro!