Porsche 911 GT3 RS PDK Drifting Lesson Is the Best Drifting Lesson

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We'll start this piece by bursting the online sideways bubble - you can't learn to drift just by reading about it or watching aptly-made videos. Nevertheless, such documenting activities can deliver precious hints, the kind that can make the difference between crashing your car and bringing it back home in one piece at the end of a drifting practice day.
And we've got the perfect impromptu sliding tuition episode, which comes in the form of the footage below. This shows us a Porsche instructor putting a 911 GT3 RS PDK to slip angle work, while also explaining a few things to his passenger.

The action takes place in the UK (hence the wrong steering wheel position), at the Porsche Experience Center Silverstone. Among others, this means the man behind the wheel has a narrow course to use for the sideways adventure.

Oh, and let's not overlook the fact that the Rennsport Neunelfer is the kind of machine that just wants to grip and go. From the monstrously wide rear rubber (325 section) to the serious downforce this 911 derivative delivers, many of its assets works against rear-wheel-drive dancing.

Then again, with the engine at the back, any 911 will always be happy to let the rear axle take over, as is the case here.

As we mentioned, the Porsche instructor does explain a few things, but perhaps the strongest part of the lesson is the one delivered by the soundtrack of the 4.0-liter flat-six - check out how smooth the throttle inputs are. Many drifting novices believe a car needs plenty of flat-out moments to go fully sideways. And too much momentum, due to the driver getting too intimate with the throttle, will usually result in a spin.

The conclusion above stands even when talking about the kind of laggy turbocharged machines, albeit with the necessary adjustments. But that's another story for another time.

P.S.: Remember the other 911 GT3 RS-wielding Porsche driving instructor who enjoyed drifting?

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