Drifting or performing a “Scandinavian flick” in Dirt Rally is about more than looking good.
It’s a technical skill that requires precision, timing & understanding of how a car moves.
Knowing how and when to drift or flick your car around corners will help to increase your stage times.
Drifting involves intentionally oversteering your vehicle, making the rear tires lose grip. This will make the car slide and it’s on you to control it through the corner.
Various techniques are used to achieve a perfect drift.
The most common in rally is the Scandinavian flick. This is the method you’ll see most of the time on rallying highlight reels.
Understanding when to use such techniques is the difference between posting a pos 1 stage time or crashing off stage.
Dirt Rally is one of the more realistic and challenging rally games available. It demands respect for rally driving and can be hard for new players.
To master a drift in dirt rally you’ll have to learn how a car moves, how to manipulate movement and how to set up your car properly.
Mastering drifting, specifically the Scandinavian flick is very rewarding. You’ll look great and post faster lap times while doing so.
- Drivetrains play an important factor in drifting (RWD is more natural to drift).
- Drifts are controlled using techniques such as the Scandinavian flick and handbrake turns.
- Timing and understanding a car’s response to different surfaces are crucial.
- Drifting improves cornering speed and overall race performance in Dirt Rally.
- Controller settings can also affect your drifting.
Essentials of Drifting In Dirt Rally
When it comes to mastering Dirt Rally, understanding how to execute a proper drift is key. This skill allows for faster cornering and improved control on most surfaces.
Understanding Vehicle Dynamics
Vehicle dynamics are a huge factor in dirt rally, not just for drifting. Understanding this will improve your driving in all aspects.
Focus on these 3 items for drifting:
- Brake Application: Strategic braking can help shift the car’s weight forward and start a drift. Depending on the car, you may get away with a tap of the foot brake, others you may have to use the handbrake.
- Throttle Control: Applying the right amount of throttle at the right time is crucial. Too much can result in oversteer, while too little can lead to understeer.
- Steering Input: When initiating a flick, you should shift the weight of the car by turning away from where you want to go, and then quickly turn back in.
It’s much easier to make a car slide with no assists turned on.
Turning traction control, Stability and any type of braking assist off is going to completely change how you drift.
I’d also recommend switching to manual gears. This will allow you to better control your drift by changing gears.
The automatic gearing isn’t going to consider the fact you’re drifting and manipulating your speed the way that you need.
Choosing the Right Car
Picking the optimal car is essential for drifting in Dirt Rally. Some key factors to consider include:
- Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive (RWD) cars drift more naturally than front-wheel or all-wheel drive cars.
- Power and Weight: A powerful, lightweight car can make drifting easier with a better power-to-weight ratio.
- Setup and Tuning: I fine-tune the car’s suspension, differential, and tire settings to suit my driving style and the track conditions. You want a lot of power down low for drifting.
Mastering the art of the drift in DiRT Rally requires precision and control. I’ll explain how to initiate a drift and maintain it through throttle and steering control.
Initiating the Drift
To start a drift, I approach the corner at an appropriate speed and flick the car away from the corner.
I then briefly tap the brakes to shift the weight forward, which allows the rear tires to lose some grip.
Next, I turn the steering wheel into the corner and apply the throttle to start the drift.
- Approach corner with correct speed
- Flick Car to the outside of the bend (The opposite direction from where you want to go)
- Brake briefly to shift the car’s weight
- Turn into the corner
- Apply throttle to begin drifting.
Throttle and Steering Control
Once the drift starts, I maintain it by balancing the throttle and steering inputs.
- Throttle: I apply just enough power to keep the car sliding but not so much that it spins out. Sometimes tapping the throttle works best, other times it’ll require more controlled input.
- Steering: I steer into the slide for control, known as ‘steering into the skid’, but it’s a delicate balance to maintain the angle and direction. The more you do it, the more you’ll understand when to steer into the turn and when to re-balance the car.
For a successful drift you need to combine all of this into one.
If you have a long sweeping bend and want to drift all the way round, you’ll need to perfect this for multiple seconds at a time.
Shorter sharper turns require less skill and can even be dealt with using the handbrake.
Assessing & Mastering the Stage
The track conditions also play a huge part in how a car moves.
Understanding how to drive on each surface type and weather condition will improve your drifting massively.
Analyzing the Terrain
The way dirt rally is, the different locations tend to have themes.
Greece for example is a location full of loose surface stages. Germany on the other hand is more asphalt-based.
Pay attention to the stage breakdown on the loading screen and choose your car, setup and driving style accordingly.
- Asphalt: Provides high grip, I keep my drifts subtle here. May need to be initiated with the handbrake.
- Gravel: Offers less grip, allowing for more aggressive drifts.
- Mud: Requires cautious handling, as it’s easy to slide too much.
It’s a common sense tip, however, not everyone understands that a car will drive differently in different situations.
Anticipating Track Conditions
Next, I consider the track conditions, which can vary significantly during a rally. I pay attention to:
- Weather: Rain can make the track slippery and reduce visibility.
- Time of Day: Dusk or dawn races impact visibility, and headlights can affect how I perceive the track.
While there are other factors in real life, the 2 that are mentioned above are going to be the major players in Dirt Rally.
Taking these things into condition will decrease the chances of making mistakes.
Frequently Asked Questions
In this section, I cover some common inquiries about the fundamentals and nuances of drifting in the DiRT Rally series, with a focus on technique, advanced tips, and control preferences.
What techniques are essential for successful drifting in DiRT Rally games?
Weight transfer is crucial for drifting in DiRT Rally games.
The Scandinavian flick, (aka pendulum turn), is the most effective for inducing a drift.
To scandi flick, steer away, then quickly steer into a turn while applying throttle.
If you can’t master the flick or are using an FWD car, Use the handbrake for tight corners by pulling it to lock the rear wheels and break traction.
What are advanced tips for mastering drifting in DiRT Rally 2.0?
For advanced drifting in DiRT Rally 2.0, knowing when to modulate throttle and brake is key.
It’s not just about entering a drift; maintaining and exiting it smoothly is where skill comes into play. Keep the revs up and tires spinning to control the drift.
How does using a controller compare to a steering wheel for drifting in DiRT Rally?
Using a steering wheel is going to be more realistic. However, drifting with either a wheel or controller is easy.
One isn’t necessarily better than the other. It’s more of a personal preference or what you’re used to.
In theory, a controller is quicker and easier to correct the steering than a wheel. This is because you don’t have to turn an analog stick multiple times, whereas you do a wheel.
If you’ve played with a controller, using a wheel will come with a learning curve. The same goes for the reverse.