Drifting is forcing the car sideways -- via steering, throttle, clutching and braking -- in a controlled manner. The car will drift or slide sideways through the turns. An event that has become popular worldwide.

1,687 Questions
Cars & Vehicles
1995-1999 Dodge & Plymouth Neons

Can you modify your car so it will go faster?

Any vehicle can be made faster (top end) or quicker (acceleration) by installing higher performance parts. The "big three" for a normally aspirated (NA) vehicle are an intake, header, and exhaust. Depending upon the displacement of the engine, the total power gain will be mild to moderate, however the vehicle's behavior will change for better or worse (most performance parts are optimized for high end power for the sake of low end torque).

Forced induction applications (turbo/supercharger) are easier to get power, and are the most cost effective method to increase a car's performance. Replacing the up/midpipe, and a turboback exhaust (TBE) will result in fantastic gains when coupled with a reflash of the car's computer. A popular application today is Subaru's WRX, which can achieve hp/tq gains of approximately 55hp and 50lb/ft for a low entry price of $1800. The same $1800 on a NA vehicle with similar displacement may only have a gain of half that power.

Obviously, there are more avenues to increase power, but these are two small examples. In the end, the law of diminishing returns will come into play - throwing more money at a car does not always result in the same ratio in performance as when the project initially started.

Remote Control Toys (RC)
Remote Control Devices

Can any remote control car drift?

No not every RC car can drift.


Can you change the speedometer from mph to kph in driver sanfrancisco?

divide by 1000

Plate Tectonics

Who propounded the theory of continental drift?

Alfred Wegener


What is the highest level on hotel city?

I think they are adding more levels, it is NOT level 70, because I am a player that has a level74 and 13,225,643 coins.

They are adding more levels to the game (unlimited levels)

World War 2
Midget Car Racing

Was World War 2 inevitable?

That war was in NO WAY inevitable but I don't have nearly enough time to list all the ways it could have been prevented. Read "The Unnecessary War" by Patricia Meehan and you'll see how incredible it was that the war happened at all.

AnswerI believe any fight is avoidable, if the possible participants are willing to compromise.

The leaders of the world, namely Hitler, Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt and Hirohito were not compromisers.

Compromising w/men like Hitler and Stalin was very dangerous. Churchill and Roosevelt knew this. Hirihito was in no position to compromise, his country was about a year away form destitute.

The personalities of the leaders at the time, in my opinion, made WW2 unavoidable. That's not to say that they were all war mongers. Hitler was, yes, and thus set the stage in Europe for no compromise.

Hirohito needed to act to secure vital commodities that Japan lacked, from the rest of Asia. His back was to the wall and the Emperor (would never admit defeat)

Answeri have a short and simple answer to this: no in my opinion because of the treaty of Versailles. since Germany was definetely one of the main countries involved, they were looking for trouble and reprisal. they wanted to justify themselves in another war especially because of their humiliation in WWI. also, tensions had been enormous and hard to avoid. Answer

yes world war 2 was inevitale why because Germany was an imperialistic nation and its every growing expansions were unlikely to stop Hitler didnt start ww2 the allies did by forceing germanys economy to collapse and force the Germans to expand but i don't think that the Germans were at fault as there early expansions were considered apart of the German empire in ww1


Yes. World War II was going to happen. The Germans only option for economic uprising was war along with Japan, Itally and numerous other axis nations. The only real way to have stopped it other than changing history was to stop the political parties in all the axis power nations before they could start war. And even if that happened Stalin would have started World War II for world domination. Sorry to say it but WWII was a storm that could not be stopped.

Rally Racing

How do you get rid of front end drift on a 99 Suburban - Dealer says it's normal but it's annoying?

While I agree that "It's normal" is a phrase often used to describe a condition the mechanic doesn't understand or doesn't want to deal with, some drift is normal for a Suburban. A Suburban in not a car and does not handle quite the same as a car typically does even when new. If the drift is severe, check for any looseness in the front end and correct as needed. Check also for incorrect tire size or tire underinflation or rims replaced with rims of incorrect offset.

== == == == Don't buy the "it's normal" line. Wandering can be tuned out of any car. You are going to have to find an alignment shop that will work with you on it. Go to an independent shop in your area that does lots of light trucks. My advice is to not go to a big national chain. Although its not always true, they tend to align to a basic spec and leave it at that. Your Suburban wants a lot of caster to track well. There are metal plugs that need to be knocked out of the upper control arm mounts to get the extra caster. If your at 80,000mi or more, the steering gear needs to be adjusted (10 min job). That, and a quick check of the toe adjustment should take the wander out. If you have put 18" rims or some other big tires on it and have run them for 60K mi or more you're goint to need most of the front end parts replaced. Here's the list (Lower ball joints, lower control arm bushings, outer tie rod ends, idler arm, pitman arm (upper and lower half). The front ends are fine with stock wheels and tires, but they don't hold up well with bigger ones. I have just been through the same thing, and finally have it drivign linke new again. If you want to talk some more about this drop me an e-mail. power_shift_it@_nospam_hotmail.com (Just take out the _nospam_ to reach me.) Good luck. Scott


Why do cars drift on the highway at highway speeds?

There are many factors that can cause a vehicle to drift when moving at highway speed.

First off is the alignment of the vehicles tires. At slow speeds this may not be noticable to the driver, but as the vehicles speed increases, the small inperfection in the tires alignment becomes magnified, causing the vehicle to pull (drift) to one side or the other. This can also be caused by the slight variations in each individual tire's pressure as well.

Second, the drift can be caused by force of and direction of the prevailing wind passing over the highway. In addition, as the vehicle increases in speed, minor inperfections in the vehicles aerodynamic shape (tailpipes, muffler, dings, dents ect) can alter the force of the wind passing both above and below the vehicle causing drift.

Weight distribution in the vehicle also plays a part in this. More weight on one side will cause the vehicle to pull in that direction.

This is just a few of the basic reasons.


How did drifting start?

Japanese Origin

Modern drifting as a sport started out as a racing technique popular in the All Japan Touring Car Championship races. 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. This earned him several championships and a legion of fans who enjoyed the spectacle of smoking tires. The bias ply racing tires of the 1960s-1980s lent themselves to driving styles with a high slip angle. As professional racers in Japan drove this way, so did the street racers.

Keiichi Tsuchiya (known as the Dorikin/Drift King) became particularly interested by Takahashi's drift techniques. Tsuchiya began practicing his drifting skills on the mountain roads of Japan, and quickly gained a reputation amongst the racing crowd. In 1987, several popular car magazines and tuning garages agreed to produce a video of Tsuchiya's drifting skills. The video, known as Pluspy, became a hit and inspired many of the professional drifting drivers on the circuits today. In 1988, alongside Option magazine founder and chief editor Daijiro Inada, he would help to organize one of the first events specifically for drifting called the D1 Grand Prix. He also drifted every turn in Tsukuba Circuit in Japan.

Western Adoption

One of the earliest recorded drift events outside Japan was in 1996, held at Willow Springs Raceway in Willow Springs, California hosted by the Japanese drifting magazine and organization Option. Inada, founder of the D1 Grand Prix in Japan, the NHRA Funny Car drag racer Kenji Okazaki and Keiichi Tsuchiya, who also gave demonstrations in a Nissan 180SX that the magazine brought over from Japan, judged the event with Rhys Millen and Bryan Norris being two of the entrants.[2]Drifting has since exploded into a massively popular form of motorsport in North America, Australasia, and Europe.

Present Day

Drifting has evolved into a competitive sport where drivers compete mostly in rear wheel drive cars, and occasionally all wheel drive cars, to earn points from judges based on various factors. At the top levels of competition, the D1 Grand Prix in Japan pioneered the sport. Others such as Pro-drift in Europe,Formula D in the United States, and the NZ Drift Series in New Zealand have come along to further expand it into a legitimate motor sport worldwide. The drivers within these series were originally influenced by the pioneers from D1 Japan and are able to keep their cars sliding for extended periods of time, often linking several turns.

Amateur "Tafheet" or "Hjwalah" drifting on public roads is a significant problem in Saudi Arabia.[3][4]

Earth Sciences
Plate Tectonics
Pangaea Supercontinent

What evidence did Alfred Wagner use to support his theory of continental drift?

Actually there is a lot of evidence that supported his evidence the big one was fossils of animals on distant continents and plants for example Glossopteris was one the strange reasons that Alfred was more than ever to prove his point.


Alfred Wegener proposed that, using 19th century longitude determinations, Greenland had moved 1 mile away from Europe. However, this conclusion ended up being false due to false calculations. Still, Wegener discovered that every year San Diego moved 6 feet closer to Shanghai while Washington D.C. and Paris got 15 feet closer. In addition, Alfred Wegener discovered that related species, too small to swim across the ocean, were found on different continental plates, as well as similar fossils.

Alfred Wegener's theory was rejected at first, however, because he was unable to explain the reason why the plates moved. Later, Arthur Holmes published his theory of thermal convection being the the thing that drove the plates apart. He also noted that the continents didn't "move" but were "carried" by larger pieces of the Earth's crust. Discoveries of the Mid-Ocean Ridge in addition to Harry Hess's work adds onto this theory of Wegener's.

As this theory is the most complete theory concerning global dynamics, the roots of such lie in the curiosity and work of Alfred Wegener.

Earth Sciences
Plate Tectonics

What is the theory of continental drift?

The idea that the continents were once one super-continent and subsequently moved apart is the basis of the theory of continental drift. Continental drift was first proposed as a scientific hypothesis with evidences by Alfred Wegener early in the twentieth century. Unfortunately, the evidence he was able to cite, such as similarities in coastline geographies and fossils on either side of the Atlantic, did not provide an explanation for the mechanism which caused it to happen. In Wegener's theory, the continents were somehow able to plow through the oceans. It wasn't until the mid-twentieth century that the Atlantic Ridge system was discovered. Further investigation revealed that the magnetic orientation of rock on either side of the ridge matched the orientation on the other side of the ridge, providing the proof for the mechanism that caused the continents to move apart. Basaltic magma was infilling the area on either side of the ridge to create new continental crust. Subduction of older, denser oceanic crust takes place at collision zones where it meets less dense oceanic and continental crust. The whole process is driven by gravity and heat from the Earth's interior via convection currents in the mantle. The process is no longer called continental drift, but is referred to as plate tectonics.
Alfred Wagner's theory was that the sea floor was spreading, causing the continents to 'drift'. The theory was originally tossed aside because the fact that the continents fitted together was not sufficient.

Auto Racing

Can a 1972 Monte Carlo drift?

Any fairly light car with rear wheel drive can drift. I drift in a 2000 Dodge Intrepid with no specs or customs and it works fine.


What is better for drifting an open differential or a viscious differential?

Do you mean a viscous clutch LSD? Having an LSD (Limited Slip Differential) makes drifting much easier to start and maintain than the stock open differential. From what I've seen when you have an open diff and both wheels are spinning, if one gains traction, then the wheel with the least traction will steal most of the torque. on a LSD if one wheel gains traction then the LSD will give more power to that wheel hopefully allowing it to keep free spinning. On most AE86s drivers will put in TRD 1.5 LSDs and ultimately LSDs will allow a more continual drift vs open or locked diffs. ;)


What is the longest drift in a car?

Plate Tectonics

Which scientist proposed the first formal theory of continental drift?

Alfred Wegener


Genetic drift can best be described as?

D) the change in frequencies of alleles due to random events

Plate Tectonics

Most scientists reject wegener's theory of continental drift because the theory failed to explain..?

how the continents move

Meteorology and Weather
Climatology and Climate Changes

How does the north Atlantic drift affect climatic conditions in Norden?

It helps keep the region ports free of ice throughout the year by bringing warm water and mild winds.

Plate Tectonics

What is the primary force that causes the seafloor to spread and continents to drift?

This question has a cascade of answer, that is the primary answer induces a secondary question that in turns induces other questions.

The primary force that motivates seafloor drift is rising magma at the ocean rifts. As the magma rises it flows off to the side (volcanos can only get so high before their vertical weight stops further rising and forces basal magma off to the side.)

Why does magma rise?

Magma rises because it is hot and fluid. Hot ANYTHING is less dense than cold ANYTHING and will float up.

Why is magma hot?

The material at the earth's core contains unstable neucleotides (unstable neucleotides are everywhere) and when they decay they release heat. Being at the Earths core this heat has no where to go. The mass of the earth above it is like a huge insulating blanket so the centre of the earth keeps its heat and gets hotter and hotter until the rock at the core turns into magma and floats up.

Earth Sciences
Plate Tectonics

How did the opponents of the continental drift hypothesis account for the existence of similar life forms on widely separated land-masses?

Migration across land bridges.

Plate Tectonics

Why was the theory of continental drift questioned when it was first proposed by Alfred W Wegener?

Because scientists had spent over 70 years gathering information about the Earth and how it worked, and Wegener's theory completely rewrote geology, and the scientific community would have to start everything they knew about the continents from scratch.

Plate Tectonics

What was Alfred wegener's proof of continental drift?

One of His Theorys of continental drift was, that you could fit the continents back together if you had pictures.

Also it would make up Pangea


What is the difference between genetic drift and natural selection?

Natural Selection as you probably know, is the mechanism by which a species (or genetic makeup of a breeding group) changes in response to an environmental challenge. For example, imagine a population of brown rabbits in a field. They are happy, breeding and being eaten occasionally by foxes until over time, the environment changes so that the field is covered in snow.

Now, the brown rabbits stick out and the foxes have an easy time of hunting them. Consequently, the number of brown rabbits decreases dramatically and they are threatened with extinction. The genetic mutations always present in the population (and which increase with in-breeding in small populations) throw up random variations as always but now, some are more beneficial. For instance white rabbits which used to be caught and eaten quickly before the snow came, are now much better adapted. As such, they are more likely to survive, breed and pass on their white genetic make up and hence more white rabbits are born - they are naturally selected by the snow and the foxes; their environment.

GD is also a change in genetic make up of a population however it is not stimulated by the environment. Imagine our population of rabbits again. 50% of them have blue eyes and 50% have green. The eye colour makes little difference to their survival chances and is just a natural variation. A new born rabbit will statistically have a 50% chance of blue eyes and 50% chance of green eyes.

In a big population, the proportion of blue to green is likely to stay at or around 50%. However that is not the case in a small population.

Imagine there are now only 20 rabbits: 10 with blue eyes, 10 with green. Purely by chance, some of these rabbits will not breed, or some breed more often. Let's say - by chance - one green-eyed rabbit gets run over and doesn't breed. There are 10 blues and 9 greens. That means that there are now 53% blues and 47% greens. These proportions will now have a greater impact on the consequent generation since there are more blues, there will be a greater chance of blues appearing in the next generation and less chance of greens.

Populations like this constantly vary due to any number of random events. In small populations, those random events become more important since they represent a greater proportion of the total population.

In large populations, this drift is small and frequently reversed however in small populations it is almost inevitable that one of the two (or more) traits will eventually be lost from the population.

So with NS, a specific trait increases in the population because it is better adapted to the changed environment.

With GD, a specific trait increases in the population simply because a random event caused there to be slightly more of one and less of another leading to the more populous being more likely to breed

Earth Sciences
Plate Tectonics

What were 3 pieces of evidence Alfred had to support continental drift and why?

Alfred Wegener Noticed:

1. Landforms like coal saturations or mountain ranges on either side of the ocean.

2. Fossil record. Fossils of identical plants and animals found in africa and south america.

3. Aincient striations (grooves and scratches made by ice ages) identical on either side of the ocean.

Plate Tectonics
Pangaea Supercontinent

What evidence did Alfred Wegener use to support his theory of continental drift?

Deep-sea mountain ranges had caught his attention.

Alfred Wegener's fully developed theory of continental drift attempted to point out evidences that the continents were once joined into a single continent he called Pangaea. Wegener's theory hypothesized that the continents were able to push through the rock of the seafloor to their present positions.

As evidence, he noted (as had others before him), of the geographic correlation in coastline perimeters of South America and Africa. This was the feature that led Wegener to investigate other clues. His investigations revealed that mountain ranges in South America and Africa, and strata and composition of coal fields in Europe and North America matched or lined up. Additionally, matching reptilian fossils were found on either side of the ocean, indicating that the continents were once joined together. Although he was unable to find a mechanism for his proposed continental drift theory, he also observed that the more shallow an ocean, the younger its geologic age. It wasn't until the 1950's and 1960's, with the discovery of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (and other sea floor mapping discoveries) that Wegener's hypothesis started to become more accepted. The newer science of plate tectonics owes much to Wegener's scientific groundwork.

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