Step 1: What is drifting?

Drifting is primarily used in races involving vehicles moving faster than 40 miles per hour but in this instructable I will show you how to do it in a go-kart. Drifting in a word is an artform you have to be gentle or you wont have any control. The most important thing I can tell you when your done reading this is practice, practice, practice it might be hard at first but once you got the hang of it you can pull it off left and right. Hey if it was easy then everyone could do it and then it wouldn't be fun anymore.

Step 2: Getting a kart

Picture of getting a kart
The first question is do I want to drift? The answer has to be yes or else you wouldnt have clicked on this instructable so this step is to get a kart the first thing you should look for is that it goes 40+ mph that means none of those wussy lawn mower engine ones that you find at carnivals (but those are a great start to learn how to drive a cart). Next is to look at your budget find one in your price range but remember go-karting is a hobby that pays back if you get good enough so get a good kart but don't go bankrupt because you bought one first I think you should look around to find a place that you can rent for awhile on a track owned by the people you rented it from and practice on that. Once you found one in your price range you should bookmark it and ask around , find people who own the same kart and ask them about how it handles, accelerates, and the overall feel of it.

Can I use slicks on dry pavement or do I need special tires to drift?

espdp24 months ago

How do I approach this within the "be nice" comment policy? Sigh. This 'ible needs a lot of work to be useful at all. Please tell us more about lane positioning going into it? Braking technique? Throttle technique? Steering through the slide? Signs that you are going to far around and need to make changes? Body english? Chassis setup for oversteer vs. understeer? Why is drifting useful in a race, besides just being fun?

This is a really interesting subject. I know you (ever so briefly) touched on some of these questions. Please draw us some diagrams, take some photos of your personal kart sitting still and in action, and add a video of your own performance, take down the other people's photos, and this will earn a Favorite from me. I'll be glad to see your updates.

espdp2 espdp24 months ago

Just to help get you started, I think I found a working link to the video you were trying to share. :-)

legamin6 months ago

good description but video doesn't work "forbidden" by administrator. But thanks, I'll check it out on u tube. At 50+ I still win local go kart races and don't wish to go to a bigger vehicle. But I am ready for more power and a new challenge. 70 mph is nice but what you described sounds like a rush!

myroona2 years ago
I was searching for information about go kart drifting and i'm really happy to find her this valuable post.
I have read it and seem to me that i got all ideas. The next thing to do is to try all these advices in practice, and i'm sure this willkart on sale be a success.
Moritsu3 years ago
Excellent! Most people doesn't get that sense of controlled chaos and freak out when the back of the kart start loosing grip.
TSC3 years ago