We could also call this BMW M how-to-drift-for-dummies – but we’re not going to. Instead we’re going to call this for what it is – a fun and instructive video on the basics of drifting.

We recommend this outside public places and not on public roads – because if you find the right conditions you can quite easily drift, and you’re going to have a great time doing it without hurting anyone – including your ride or yourself. The best example is a track with wet asphalt – even a less powerful ride than a BMW M family member will do the trick if it’s rear-wheel-powered. At the other end of the story, drifting can become a very dangerous situation if you don’t have the basic knowledge and understanding of the phenomenon involved.

The BMW M video is quite explanatory – taking you from the basics of deactivating the ESP guard, using the second gear for optimal throttle response and sufficient torque and prepare in advance. Take at least a few tours of the track to learn it, and then go for the slow speed scenario. As any rookie learns from driving school, the lower the speed the more time for reaction – so up to 12 miles per hour (20 kilometers per hour) is usually the optimal speed for drifting rookies. The rest is something you need to see, learn and experience on more than one occasion – as with any new thing, you’re not going to get it right every time…


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