Dodge Challenger Hellcat Drifting Lessons Are Not for the Faint-Hearted

Over the years, we've seen tons of medium-sized drifting lessons that take us through the basics of playing with a rear-wheel-drive car in ways that will make you have to change the tires more often. So what does the drifting lesson in the clip below have to offer in order to deserve our attention?
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Well, for one thing, the four-wheeled material used here is a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Unlike in the case of the Pennzoil Hellcat drifting video, which saw the 707 hp Challenger being gifted with a hydraulic handbrake before being handed over the Rhys Millen, this is a stock SRT machine. So you can use what you learn here when behind the wheel of your own muscle car, without having to risk losing the warranty by modding your ride.

The clip comes from TFL Car and sees their driver's seat expert, Paul Gerrard, demonstrating the basic drifting moves in the blown Challenger.

With Paul's resume including titles such as Chief of Special Projects for Skip Barber, probably the largest racing school in the world, this is the guy to hand the red key over to.

Since the Hellcat comes with 275-section rear tires, people always expect the Mopar machine to be less grippy than it actually is - this is just one of the things highlighted in the clip we have here.

Then there's the suspension geometry, with Paul explaining why the Hellcat isn't exactly forgiving during the times when, for some reason or another, you realize you'll need to pull a full opposite lock move.

While the piece of footage is over nine minutes long, we're inviting you to put the popcorn away for this one and pay close attention to the expert driver's explanations. For one thing, you never know when drifting hits and you might need them!

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