What is Formula D Racing?
Unless you are a aficionado of racing cars, there is a good chance that you have not heard of Formula D Racing. Formula D has its adherents naturally, yet it is still not as commonly known as the other kinds of racing like Formula One, Drag Car Racing, NASCAR or Cross Country Rallying. This is partly because it is a pretty new form of car racing.
Every year the national television coverage is a bit more extensive, yet it is taking a long time to prise some of the airtime away from the more traditional sports. Once you have seen a competition though, the likelihood is that you will become hooked on this exciting sport that they have Christened Formula D.
The ‘D’ in Formula D stands for ‘drifting’ which is another name given to the sport. Drifting refers to the angle of the car with reference to the sides of the road at any given moment. Drifting around bends allows the car to maintain its highest possible speed in a bend. Drifting sounds natural and therefore commonplace, but it is actually very hard to do properly.
Drifting takes skill and plenty of practice. Drivers are judged partially on their skill at drifting. There are in fact two aspects of Formula D or two kinds of drifting. There are the traditional style qualifying runs and there are also tandem battles. Qualifying runs involve the driver racing solo flat out against the clock, drifting as needed to maintain the highest speed possible.
However, tandem runs involve two car drivers who are being scored on their skills at outsmarting the other driver. The judges are looking for the line of drift, the speed of the cars, overtaking, collisions and much more. Driving in the tandem runs really sorts the men out from the boys.
Formula Drifting grew up a little haphazardly, but there have been serious attempts to regulate it. At the moment the Formula Drift Championship is the only professional drifting championship that is sanctioned by SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Pro Racing in the United States, although there are frequently amateur local drifting competitions held unofficially.
There needs to be more officially authorized races so that standards are maintained and each driver follows the same set of rules. This is the only way that the TV stations will pick up on drifting and help promote it more. Drifting is new to the United States, yet the first Drifting Races took place in 2004, so not all that long ago anyway. It is still very much a modern sport.
At the moment the country where Formula D is most well-liked is Japan, yet that is to be expected to change when the American media gets to grips with Drifting. At the moment it is still not that simple to watch drifting activities unless you live in California, Washington, Georgia or New Jersey and it is still not easy to watch it on TV unless you can watch G4TechTV, which is commonly known as G4.