Drifting may seem like a daunting task at first, but with proper guidance and practice, it can become a thrilling experience. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of learning to drift in games such as Assetto Corsa.
The first step to drifting in a game is to ensure you have a proper steering wheel. Any wheel with a proper H-shifter or a sequential will suffice. The Logitech G920 is an excellent starting option, but if possible, it’s better to save up and invest in a Thrustmaster wheel rig. It is crucial to purchase a steering rig that comes with pedals that include a clutch as it is needed for clutch kicking.
The next step is to get the game you want to practice on, and in this case, Assetto Corsa is recommended as it is one of the closest games to real-life drifting.
Once you’re in the game, set up the wheel, pedals, and shifter to your preference for better outcomes. It might take some time to figure out what works best for you, so experiment with different settings. It is also crucial to pick a car that has enough power to spin the rear wheels and get you sideways, but not too much power as it can make it harder to learn. Take a few laps around the track to get a feel for the car with your steering wheel, and then you can start drifting.
To initiate a drift, come up to any corner of the map at a good speed, depending on the turn’s length and width. If it’s a long and wide turn, pull the handbrake and then go into the turn and start counter-steering as soon as you feel the wheels beginning to slip. If it’s a smaller turn, come out a little, then go towards the turn and then pull the handbrake. It’s essential to start counter-steering as soon as you feel the rear wheels slipping and not to counter it too much. Practice this a few times before moving on to the next step.
Once you’ve learned to do the simple handbrake entry, it’s time to practice counter-steering. To do this, initiate an entry and let go of the steering wheel but keep your hands close to it as you’ll need to catch it. Counter-steer by making slight adjustments to the wheel. If you’re facing too far in, try steering to the opposite side you’re facing. If you aren’t getting enough angle, use the handbrake to bring the rear end out more, or try doing a Scandinavian flick. Applying a bit more throttle when getting sideways is also essential.
In conclusion, drifting takes time and practice to master, but it can be an exhilarating experience. With the basics mentioned above, you can start your journey to become a drift king in Assetto Corsa or any other racing game. Remember to experiment and find what works best for you, and most importantly, have fun.