Drifting refers to a driving technique and motorsport where the driver intentionally over steers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed. As a motor sport, professional drifting competitions are held worldwide. Drift racing challenges drivers to navigate a course in a sustained sideslip by exploiting coupled nonlinearities in the tire force response. Modern drifting as a sport started out as a racing technique popular in the All Japan Touring Car Championship races over 30 years ago. Motorcycling legend turned driver, Kunimitsu Takahashi, was the foremost creator of drifting techniques in the 1970s. He is noted for hitting the apex (the point where the car is closest to the inside of a turn) at high speed and then drifting through the corner, preserving a high exit speed.
On 11th and 12th November Lauro Muller will host Red Bull Xtreme Drifting in Serra do Rio do Rastro. The event will be a special closed session and the technique will be performed by pilot Rhys Millen in a modified car for drifting from Hyundai. The course is made up of 15km of concrete roads, excavated in natural rock, skirting a deep canyon of 1,460m above the sea level. It is considered one of the most beautiful and challenging roads of Brazil.