Are Drift Academies Worth It?

Drift training or track day?

It’s a tough decision to make, what is the most cost-effective way to learn?

Streeto is not an option by the way. If you are looking to try it out and have mates with drift cars, paying on as an extra driver is probably the best option in my opinion. From there you can weigh up whether, the training route, which has an appeal of not breaking your own car while you learn or having your own car which you can use on any track, is better for you. Me, I have a rear wheel drive daily so the choices are drifting a daily and risk not having a car for work or pay for the training.

However, if you have no friends who drift and little mechanical experience, hands down the training option is for you. Because while drifting is cheaper than most motorsports, it still has a big price tag and a big learning curve.

Drift training is very similar to driving lessons, Flatout Factory provides pupils with a car to use and an instructor. They will then work through specific level goals, donuts, a figure of eight, a little like you would on a standard driving lesson that concentrates on parallel parking.

One major difference is that at Flatout Factory, you have the option to train on each level either in a group session with other drivers, or on a one to one basis. Just like driving lessons they can be either by the hour or on a more intensive training course.

Making the choice between one to one and group training is really down to personal preference. Myself, I am much a one to one learner, that is where I would develop the most. The other benefit of one to one is you can book it in around your lifestyle.

Flatout Factory recommends you that you complete all 10 levels of training before investing in a drift car. The idea behind this is so you don’t pick up any bad habits while out on the track on your own. This is a little bit of swings and roundabouts, if you are just wanting to enjoy the odd track day here and there, the basics are probably what you’ll need to learn to get what you want out of a car. So doing all 10 levels might not be the best option for you.

However, if you have an ambition of progressing through the amature ranks, then into pro. You are better sticking with the lessons because it is a lot harder to unlearn bad habits than pick them up.

People learn in many different ways and a lot that comes down to those you have around you. If you have a group of friends who already know the scene and can guide you, you’ll probably hit a track day first and then when you reach a certain skill level, will look to training to improve.

One thing the training does offer you, a track day won’t is a safety net. If you blow the diff you can still drive your can home at the end of the session.


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