Best Formula Drift 2015 Scenes Are Not Enough to Explain the Sideways Phenomenon

When it comes to making people agree on stuff that concerns America as a nation, there are endless matters that simply seem incompatible with the task. However, the fact that last year's Formula Drift championship was packed with memorable sideways action scenes is not one of these matters.
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Americans are extremely good at putting on a show, and when you factor in cars that drift as if nothing else matters, the result is predictably spectacular.

You don't even have to take our word for that, since the footage below stands as testament for the adrenaline rush label deserved by the 2015 Formula Drifting events.

However, as we said in the title, this compilation is not enough for explaining the effervescent evolution of the sideways phenomenon. Sure, seeing Mad Mike Whiddett hitting shocking slip angles in his 1,200 HP Miata (friends call it Radbull) might be entertaining, but drifting has reached much greater heights.

When it comes to drifting, the world seems to be nothing short of unbalanced. At first, people didn't want to accept that a practice which started out in the Japanese mountains could become a global sport.

And while the world may have finally embraced drifting after a decade or so, this is now turning into madness. People fail to understand that not everybody is made for driving cars sideways and that the angles you can achieve in today's street cars will always be moderate.

Since the demand for burning rubber through the corners has been on a boom, carmakers have started integrating this into their offer.

And while a Focus RS that comes with a drift mode may seem normal, we're still amazed to see companies such as Porsche or McLaren, who used to be obsessed with precision alone, jumping the bandwagon.

Don't get us wrong, we're glad the drifting world is evolving, since that means we get wonderful contraptions such as the world's first drifting Rolls-Royce or Lamborghini. But we wish people would keep things balanced. It's an asset any drifter needs to master.

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