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Even before 2001’s The Fast and the Furious and its sequels, especially the 2006 offering The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, hit movie screens, drifting was a popular form of street motorsport, combining the high speeds of track racing (either against another driver or against the clock) with a more interesting, riskier twisting course driven with the car’s rear wheels locked into a controlled slide (the “drift” in question).
Movie makers and professional drivers have the money to buy performance vehicles and drift them for both fun and profit, but the rest of us must resort to a more creative effort: that of turning regular street vehicles into high-powered drifting-ready modified cars
While many different types of car can be modified, the ideal drifting machine has rear-wheel drive, a limited slip differential (LSD), a manual transmission, tires that don’t have treads (aka “slicks”), and is both light-weight and easily controlled.
Actual modifications, or mods, fall into four basic categories: engine, rear end & tires, suspension and transmission. Let’s take a brief look at each of these:
Engine: As long as the car can reach excellent speeds and has a responsive throttle, there isn’t anything terribly extensive or costly that must be altered. For the most part, changes are made to the on-board computer, allowing finer throttle control and improved acceleration, though the addition of an aftermarket performance-quality air filter and a fuel pump and regulator with higher output will improve speed even further.
Rear End & Tires: Where drifting is concerned it’s all about the back end of a car, also referred to as the differential. It is this part of the vehicle that transforms the rotating force along the car’s axis and puts it off-axis. The reason an LSD is desirable is that when the normal (outside) drive wheel loses traction the LSD will apply torque to both wheels. If you can’t find a car with LSD, look for posi-trac (or posi-traction) in which both wheels are driven. Slick, treadless tires are the preferred choice for drifting because you want the tires to spin on the driving surface without gripping too hard. It should be noted that the front tires of the car should still be high-performance, high-traction styles.
Suspension: The suspension components typically replaced to modify a car for drifting are swapped out in order to improve control of the car, and in order to handle body roll. Therefore, sway bars are a typical addition, as are improved strut and spring combinations in the front and stiffer shocks in the back. All these things reduce bounce, and help the car move faster, with better response.
Transmission: As mentioned above, the best drifting cars have manual transmissions, because stick shifts let the driver control every aspect of shifting gears, as well as offering the ability to push in the clutch and drop the accelerator to increase engine speed, before dropping the clutch – a combination necessary to the classic drifting wheel spin. Typical mods include the installation of a performance clutch assembly, while automatic transmissions are usually modified to be manual-shift automatics.
Knowing all of this, it should come as no surprise that there are several lists of the “best” cars for drifting. While the lists differ from place to place, and person to person, our favorites include the Ford Mustang, because of all that muscle-car power and the Pontiac GTO/Chevy Lumina, because of the V8 engine in the manual transmission version, which provides a serious amount of torque, not to mention the wide wheelbase.
You’ve visited this blog, read about your dream car, and are ready to take a step toward purchasing a fast car for yourself. But, how do you know how much that sweet ride really costs? Are we talking reasonably affordable with the right finance packaging, or purge the savings account and cash in all the soda cans?
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True or false: fast cars must be insured by specialty auto insurers? If you answered “true,” you haven’t checked out the offers presented by mainstream insurance companies recently. Unless your fast car is incredibly rare, or highly modified, almost any auto insurer should be able to give you reliable affordable coverage.
What do you need to know in order to find the best car insurance for your performance vehicle? Here are a few tips to aid you:
Big engines cost more to insure: Vehicles with large, powerful engines are considered to be a greater risk for reckless driving and traffic accidents, so the initial quote you receive may seem high. Don’t panic. You can offset much of the higher cost with all the same discounts you’d get for insuring a Toyota Camry. What are these discounts? They include things like home/auto bundles, multi-car policies, safe driving discounts, and even discounts for having air bags in your car.
Document modifications: Performance cars tend to sport a greater number of after-market modifications, or mods, than more sedate vehicles. If your fast car has any additional parts – from spoilers to engine tweaks that give you greater speed – make sure you provide your insurance company with details and receipts as soon as you add them, or bring that information with you when applying for a new policy. While it’s true that extensive modifications might require you to purchase an endorsement for extra coverage, the alternative is having your policy cancelled or denied.
If you have to go to a specialty product: If your car really does require you to seek specialty insurance, consider checking with mainstream companies that have specialty lines. Farmers Insurance offers a collectible car line, and may even allow you to bundle your collectible performance car on the same policy with the VW Beetle you drive to and from work every day, or the minivan driven by your spouse. Even without bundling, that specialty insurance may be less expensive because a mainstream company is backing it.
The bottom line is this: Insuring a fast car doesn’t have to be horrifically difficult or extremely expensive. Spend some time reviewing the information at comprehensive insurance website like CheapestAutoInsurance.net, get a few quotes, and find the best product for your needs and budget.
Even people who love fast cars like to save money when they can, so if there were a few easy ways you could save money on the car you already own, you’d try them, right?
The reality is, there are several little things you can do every day that will add up to big savings after a few months, or a year. Here are just a few:
Be smart at the pump. While the myth that it’s least expensive to fill your tank in the morning has been disproven, it’s true that you’re perfectly fine using the lowest grade allowable. For most cars, that’s going to be 87 octane unleaded fuel, but some performance cars and hybrids might require more expensive gasoline. If you aren’t certain about what your car needs, check your owner’s manual.
Don’t guess, use GPS. Plot your route before you leave home, so you can find the shortest, fastest way to get from point A to point B, and be sure to follow the GPS system’s prompts. This will save time and gas, which in turn will save money. Don’t have a GPS system? Use the mapping function of your smart phone, but be sure not to check it while you’re actually driving. Instead, use a mounting bracket and hands-free technology.
Cruise along. If you’re on the freeway, set that cruise control. Not only will it regulate your speed, keeping you from accelerating and draining gas you don’t really need, but it will also let you relax the foot that’s generally on the gas pedal, making your ride a lot more comfortable. If you’re in town, stick with the posted speed limit. Not only will you avoid getting a ticket, but most city streetlights are timed to the speed limit, so you’ll also avoid some of those red lights.
Maintenance matters. You know that little sticker that tells you when your next oil change is due? It’s NOT a decoration. Fresh oil and a clean filter will improve your car’s performance and you’ll use less gas. As long as you’re changing the oil, check your tire pressure as well. Improperly inflated tires are one of the most common causes of bad gas mileage. (They can also be dangerous.)
Consider your insurance. Okay, you can’t go out and change insurance companies as easily as you can add air to your tires or refill your gas tank with cheaper fuel, but you can make a point of assessing your car insurance needs once or twice a year, and if you think you’re paying too much, shop around for cheap auto insurance on the web. Not only do different companies offer slightly different base rates, but some offer pay-as-you-drive programs, so those of us with short commutes pay less than people who drive an hour and a half to work every day, and some even give you discounts for having a clean driving record or being a loyal customer.
Let’s face it: none of these ideas are terribly innovative, but they’re not terribly difficult, either. By being a better driver and a more responsible car owner, you can save money for something really important – like the Tesla Roadster 2.5, or a really cool paint job on your vintage ‘Vette.