We are the first internationally oriented drift team in the Netherlands. You may wonder what exactly drifting means. For this reason, we give you a short explanation of what we as a drift team do.
Drifting is the form of motorsport in which someone intentionally ‘oversteers’ the car intentionally letting the rear of the car slip through a corner. During this action, the driver keeps complete control, allowing the driver to try to traverse the corner sideways, as swiftly as possible. The art is to do this with as much control as possible and to connect multiple corners into one drift. The cars used for drifting are primarily modified cars with rear-wheel drive and a lot of power.
The origin of drifting lies in Japan in the seventies, in which several Japanese drivers showed off this alternate way of driving. Many people loved to see how these drivers drove their car to the edge of losing control and started to imitate this style of driving in the streets. This development caused a real ‘following’ for drifting in Japan. Because of this, Japan is still considered ‘sacred’ to real drift fanatics, especially the winding mountain passes around Mount Fuji have a sacred status in the world of drifting.
Over the years, drifting became so popular in Japan that in 1988, the first drift competition was held, named the D1 Grand Prix. This drift competition is still active and is considered one of the most leading drift competitions in the world. Halfway through the nineties, the first drift competitions were organised outside of Japan, first in America and later the rest of the world.
Competitive drifting is a competition that is judged by a jury. The jury judges the driver on, for example, his line, drift angle (to what extent the car glides through the corner sideways), speed, style and showmanship. The measure of showmanship is decided by the amount of smoke that’s produced, how closely the driver glides past the wall and the audience’s reaction.
Competitive drifting starts with drivers first taking turns to put up a solo qualification performance, after which they are judged by the jury. This qualification is crucial, because only the top 16 qualified drivers can go through to the finals. In the finals, drifting is done ‘in tandem’, which means two cars enter the track and one car tries to follow the other as closely as possible. The lead driver of the two must drive as impressively as possible, which is hard to imitate/keep up with for the chase driver. The task of the chase driver is to stay as close as possible to the lead driver and imitate their drift the best they can. Two runs are done each time, in which each driver can be the lead driver once, the eventual winner is decided by the jury. The last few years, however, experimenting with telemetry is employed to judge the drivers in a more objective manner, especially during qualification.
MPO Drift ranks in several leading European drift competitions such as the Drift Masters European Championship, the Drift GP and the King of Nations championship. Aside from these European championships, MPO drift also ranks in several regional/national championships such as the Nürburgring Drift Cup and one-off competitions such as the Iron Drift King event. MPO Drift aspires to be the first Dutch drift team with international success and the accompanying status.