Proshop Shift

02/06/2017 at 8:06 pm

During my visit to Japan in January, I had the chance to check out Shift and drift with some of the guys there. I knew this would be the case, but it still surprised me how different their driving style and setups were compared to what I’ve been doing and reading about online. I spent maybe only a half day at Shift, but it made me question everything I was doing the past year.

Now I’m not going to comment on style, since that’s up to the driver and I don’t like forcing a certain driving style onto people. And I won’t go into detail on how they set their chassis up since that depends on your driving style as well, and is always evolving.

So it’s not completely up to the chase car to have close, synchronized tandems. I’m sure this is nothing new, but as the lead car you can drive in a way that makes it easy for the chase car to follow. But what surprised me while driving at Shift was it felt almost as if the lead car had complete control over the tandem. The lead car controlled proximity going down the entry of the straight away. It was also the lead car that timed the flick to match the chase car. If the chase car held consistent lines and angles, the lead driver usually had the driving skills to match it. I’ve always put an emphasis on speed and angle range but these guys have managed to tune their cars to have a huge usable range.

The ability to drive slow is something a few of the guys there brought up as well, while talking about current setup trends. Picking a chassis that matches the owner’s driving style was another thing that was mentioned. Perhaps it’s finally time for me to grab a second chassis that I can use to experiment with?