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Autosport Dynamics Motorsport Program

Autosport Dynamics is dedicated to race car fabrication, preparation, planning, and product development. Autosport Dynamics, better known as ASD, has been building and preparing race cars since the 80's. Our team of dedicated professionals have built and prepared cars for professional racing teams, club racing events, and drivers education events.

We have spent a lot of time in a newer sport to the USA called drifting. What is drifting you might ask. Well we have the answer to that. Drifting is a competitive driving technique that over time has emerged as a sport in its own right. Requiring a high level of skill on the part of the driver, drifting is often employed in high speed competitions around the world, including Formula Drift in the United States and the D1GP in Japan.

The basics of drifting is to maneuver the vehicle so that the front slip angle of the car is less than the rear slip angle. This requires that the front wheels of the car will be intentionally pointed in the opposite direction of the turn of the vehicle. Drifting has been part of the professional racing sport for a number of years, commonly employed in such motorsport competitions as rally racing, dirt track racing, and national competitions such as Formula D.

Drifting can be advantageous in many situations. A competent professional driver may use drifting to gain an advantage on a turn, as well as turn the car sideways in a manner that can prevent another vehicle from being able to make a direct pass. A lot of the success of using drifting depends on the ability of the drive to control the maneuver, so that the drift does not turn into uncontrolled fishtailing, a situation that places the driver and other competitors in a great deal of danger.

Since the 1970s, drifting has gained a great deal of attention as a competitive sport in its own right. Drivers are often judged on a number of criteria by a panel of experts, most typically current or ex-drivers. The vehicles used in these competitions are rear-wheel drive cars, which help drivers to maintain an equitable speed while remaining in a sideways position for an extended period. The elements that are often part of the judging include speed, angle, line, and show. In various parts of the world, the impact of each of these elements on the final score varies slightly. There are generally two sessions, with the first session qualifying who will be allowed to compete in the final session. The first session is run one car at a time and each driver is judged on their single run. The second session, commonly known as "Top 16" pairs drivers up and are run in tandem. The lead car is to drive his or her best line possible while the chase driver is supposed to follow that same line as closely as possible. In some drifting competitions, the individual competitor is not only judged on his or her technique, but also the angle, line, and speed in comparison to the lead car in the competition.

Below is the schedule for the 2009 Formula D series. We will be attending all scheduled events this year.

Formula D Long Beach, CA April 9th 2010
Formula D Atlanta, GA May 8th 2010
Formula D Wall, NJ June 5th 2010
Formula D Monroe, WA July 10th 2010
Formula D Las Vegas, NV August 21st 2010
Formula D Sonoma, CA September 2010
Formula D Irwindale, CA October 9th 2010

Formula D Drifting World Championship - TBD

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