Videos: Culture’s affect on drifting (Saudis vs Japanese)

Culture has an affect on almost everything we see, touch, smell, eat, etc. People from different cultures do tend to find common ground, but every culture will approach something quite differently. Saudis – like most Arabs – tend to be more raw and direct, while the Japanese tend to be much more disciplined and controlled in their demeanor. Watch how different their approach is to drifting after the jump.

In order to best illustrate this theory, I’m not using closed-circuit professional drifting as an example. I’m using underground, street drifting. First up are the Japanese:

Now we come to the Saudi part:

Please note that I don’t believe street drifting where civilians / pedestrians are present is proper behavior. I just wanted to show the difference in the drift techniques. The Japanese tend to control their cars in a much more “disciplined” manner, while the Saudi drifters go for a more aggressive and wild approach. Do you think it has anything to do with culture?

Note: This post was inspired by comments left in an older post. Thanks guys! Sorry I’m almost 2-years late with it lol

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14 Comments on “Videos: Culture’s affect on drifting (Saudis vs Japanese)”

  1. Miss Good Egg Says:

    Yeah I think culture has something to do with it. You could even pick it up linguistically. An example would be the Japs’ disinclination in using direct object pronouns like “you”, “her”, “his” which is somewhat considered rude unlike our flagrant usage of “hathi, hatha, ohwa” and so on. Among other things they were raised to respect regulations, stand in line and think of others while we, on the other hand, were raised to break rules, push in line and sneeze at others.

    So it really goes without saying really if the Japs are trying to pull out a high-risk stunt like the above then they do it right, foremost without putting others into danger and with minimizing their chances of coming out in a wheelchair. The hooligans in the second video are just pure suicidals set out for a thrill without taking responsibility either for themselves, their families or others on the road. I think the name “erhabi” suits him very well.

  2. Mathai Says:

    Saudi drivers may have talent but their level of irresponsibility is unmatched by any other country.

  3. el wehbi Says:

    @Miss Good Egg: You’re spot on! And the nickname of “erhabi” just goes to show where this guy’s level of sophistication is at. One thing I noticed, there was even a guy wearing gloves while drifting in the Japanese video… the Saudi guy is probably wearing (naydea) slippers lol

    @Mathai: I must admit that all the other Gulf countries face similar levels of irresponsibility when it comes to driving, but no one has highlighted / promoted it as strongly as Saudi. They even made it onto an episode of Top Gear.

    There’s one video out there that I decided against using because there were so many horrific crashes. Ones where you actually see the driver catapulted from the car, and also incidents where people who were watching are actually hit by the drifting car. Pure insanity and completely reckless behavior.

  4. Miss Good Egg Says:

    lol @ slippers.

    Inzain I have a question. I don’t know much about car biopsy & biology (all those technical details) but I love the thrill of the ride and if someday I found myself in a place where I could pull off drifting then I’d definitely do it but I’m dying to know how do you make the car twirl like that? You press hard on the gas pedal and then put it on N and turn the wheel and it spins?

  5. Miss Good Egg Says:

    Also I have a + and – thingies next to my steering wheel. I noticed if I press them, it puts the gear on manual and chances it. I tried driving with them but almost crashed into a fruit truck. What’s the purpose of those? If I learn really well how to use them, can they make my car go faster?

  6. el wehbi Says:

    @Miss Good Egg:

    1) Different drivers use different techniques when drifting. I for one am not knowledgeable in the practice, but I have seen some great guys at work. Depending on the car, also what type of drive it has (e.g. front-wheel drive, rear wheel, or all-wheel) will make a huge difference. The Saudi car that you see in the video is front-wheel (if I remember correctly), so there is definitely a heavy application of speed, major steering lock (turned) and side-brake. Rear-wheel cars, if powerful enough, you can just use the throttle (heavy-application of it) and steering; side-brake can also be used.

    2) Regarding your buttons or paddles (+ and -), those only give you the benefit of summoning the gear that you want when you want. For example, you’re cruising on the highway at 100km/h, you decide you want to overtake the car in front of you by moving into the fast lane, you hit the minus button to down-shift to a lower gear (meaning more accelerating power), apply gas and voila… that car has been overtaken. To be perfectly honest, in most cars, automakers install them purely as a gimmick more than anything else… they add a sporty feel to a basic automatic transmission setup. That’s my opinion at least.

    I hope my answers were simple and helpful.

  7. il pazzo Says:

    anybody found what’s different between the two vids?
    in one hand u have guys that might end up doing this for a job and on the other u find guys that might (probably will) end up in body bags … culture culture how cruel u r

    • el wehbi Says:

      So true il pazzo!

      The Japanese would probably try to follow their passion and making a career out of it. Culture is cruel… ain’t it?

  8. Marzouq Says:

    The Japanese know how to pull things off smoothly! In Saudi they have nothing else to do so they go crazy! looool!

  9. Miss Good Egg Says:

    My Bad el wehbi, I totally forgot I asked a question lol. Thanks for taking the time to answer. That’s what my brother told me. He said those + & – paddles are just for show but I wanted to believe they weren’t. It’s an AMG but the manual still feels automatic :/ I’ll try the drifting tips bishallaih 😛

    Thanks again 🙂

  10. el wehbi Says:

    No worries Miss Good Egg! AMG, huh? Those paddles might come in handy after all 😉


  11. The + and – are FAR from show only. You use them to control which gear you want your transmission to be in. They don’t actually make you any faster, they just put you in control of the car’s behavior.

    When you put the gear stick in D, the automatic transmissions takes care of the gear shifting depending on how fast you are going, how much you are pressing the accelerator pedal along with several others factors. Switching to the +/- is like telling the transmission thank you but I’m gonna take over the gear shifting now.

    When it comes to drifting (the proper Japanese way), you’ll need a rear wheel drive car with either a manual transmission or an auto with +/-. You must use the +/- in an auto car because leaving it in D means the trans car down/upshift at any time during drifting and that can make it pretty difficult to control the car.

    Hope that helps.

    • el wehbi Says:

      Thanks for joining the conversation Othman 🙂

      In most normal cars, the + and – transmissions don’t really need to be there. Case in point, Kia or Toyota 4-cylinder powered 4-door cars (purely an example… many more out there).

      Obviously, in more powerful cars with sportier dynamics, you’re totally right… there is a reason they’re there.

      Miss Good Egg (reader who commented above) turns out to own an AMG. Paddles are definitely beneficial in that kind of a car.

      Thanks again for the extra input and drifting knowledge. Always appreciated here at Brake Banzeen!

  12. Miss Good Egg Says:

    Wow thanks guys! Now I have so many tips to consider before I try anything out 🙂


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