Audi’s fastest cars won’t catch your drift

Audi’s fastest cars won’t catch your drift

Audi’s fastest cars won’t catch your drift

0 comments 📅29 March 2017, 04:00

“I don’t like them. I do not see the sanity for them. We do not see the sense in sitting there burning the back tires. It’s not fast.” – Stephan Reil

Pile modes are popping up in sports cars all over the world, but Audi Sport advancement boss Stephan Reil refuses to have anything to do with them, insisting they’re a con of time and tires. So if you want to show off with a wild-looking, tire-smoking, consummately controlled drift in an Audi Sport model, you will have to brush up on your car check, not your button pushing.

“No drift mode. Not in the R8, not in the RS3, not in the RS6, not in the RS4,” Reil said. “I don’t like them. I do not see the explanation for them. We do not see the sense in sitting there burning the back tires. It’s not fast.”

That seems a bit like Reil and his line-up are missing a trick that is proving popular with enthusiast buyers and isn’t technically puzzling to do. It’s also a whole lot safer than holding down the skid-control button for want enough to switch off all the electronic safety nets, which Audi Sport will-power actually let you do.

“You can do it yourself [drifting] with the ESP off, if you hold it [the button] for three seconds,” Reil challenged. “Then it last wishes as not intervene for you even when it [the car] is fully out of control, because that’s what you asked it not to do.

“You wanted the complete control by pushing that button. You got it.”

Almost every fast car, from Ford to Ferrari, now comes with (or quickly will) a drift mode so drivers can just stomp on the gas and turn the wheel to instantly look like assembly stars. The dangers of do-it-yourself drift control (which our forefathers used to yell “driving”) make up most of the moral defense for the companies that use the computer-controlled versions.

While critics possess called drift modes irresponsible, proponents argue that it is far safer than switching off all the refuge nets, because there is still a level of skid-control safety behind it.

“Purpose control is a lot safer than just turning everything off,” BMW M chief Franciscus van Meel said during the throw of the M550i xDrive. “The drivers can enjoy the car on a track but it still has another level of safety to arrest them if they make a mistake.”


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But is that supplemental level of safety actually for the common good? Critics note there is no way to delimit drivers using drift modes on suburban streets.

Essentially, all drift modes persevere in the car’s slip angle by restricting torque delivery to the drive wheels and precisely braking sole wheels, though some utilize other strategies as well. It’s often easier for carmakers to get off the extra lines of software code to govern the slip angle than it is to discover space on the dash or center console for the Drift Mode button.

Arguably, the bulge in drift modes began with the Lotus 211 track car, which Euphemistic pre-owned a variable traction control knob that could vary the car’s slip intersection in real time, mid-corner. Ferrari was one of the first supercar makers to boast of its object mode, with the F430, and Ferrari has improved its system on the 488 GTB. Pagani uses one, too, and McLaren custom-made drift mode to the new 720S. Ford has it on the Focus RS, and Mercedes even features one on the E63 AMG, the go-sybaritic version of the most traditional, conservative mid-sized sedan in the world.

BMW went new than that in 2014, tacking a drift mode on to autonomous 2 Series coupe and 6 Series Gran Coupe prototypes to design fast cars that could drift all by themselves, which shows you honest how easy it is to use a drift mode.

But none of that is enough to convince Reil, who insisted anybody could current an Audi Sport car if they trusted their skills and courage. Also, most other cars with float modes are rear-drive, while every single car Audi Sport makes is all-to what place drive. “The car is much faster the way we do it, and drifting also does not really suit the architecture of our cars.”


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