DRIFT TRAINING AT THE PRODRIFT ACADEMY
The Prodrift Academy Drift Training program has been designed to prepare students for professional drift competitions and to share the knowledge of how to be competitive at professional drift events.
How does it work ?
The training program has been divided into 4 modules over 10 levels(rookie, amateur, semi-pro & pro). Each level has been designed to give our student’s a user friendly step-by-step format in learning the key drift techniques utilized by professional drifters. A Prodrift Academy student has the choice to learn level by level or to group levels together(ex 1, 2 & 3). Each level take approximately 1 hour of drifting to complete.
- DRIFT TRAINING – ROOKIE
- DRIFT TRAINING – AMATEUR
- DRIFT TRAINING – SEMI PRO
- DRIFT TRAINING – PRO
- INTENSIVE TRAINING – Packages
Just like a video game, the challenge for the Prodrift Academy students is to keep leveling up until finishing the full 10 level program. Along the levels the students will be rewarded with level completion gifts such as t-shirts, gloves, certificates, race shirts etc. At the final level, the student will be challenged to take on the downhill drift track at the International Dubai Autodrome circuit.
The Prodrift Academy prides itself on delivering a world class training program. As each Prodrift Academy student is an individual, we customize our training program to suit the student’s specific requirements. Prodrift will create a customized training program based on the clients experience and goals. As with any technique sport the key to learning how to be a professional drifter is technique and practice. The Prodrift Academy training format is a step by step process and is beginner friendly. Our program is designed on learning technique so our students can apply what they have learned to any car.
Prodrift will create an individual training plan for every student based on what they want to achieve. This plan will track the students progress as they climb the levels and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of their skill set.
If the student has some prior drift experience, upon arrival to the training facility they will complete a drift assessment. Their existing drift skills will be added to their file and a customized training plan will then be created.
Image: Working on a training program
Program Design: Kieran Hynes
The Prodrift Academy training program has been designed and developed by the one of the most internationally recognized drift judges in the world, Kieran Hynes. Kieran is the head judge of the IDC, BDC, ODC and Drift Masters. He has created this training program to prepare Prodrift Academy students to be instantly competitive when entering a professional drift event.
Training program: 5 key principles
The key principles of the Prodrift Academy training program are all based on professional drift event judging criteria.
The 5 key principles of the Prodrift Academy training program are:
The most important judged criteria of any professional drift event is Drift Line. It defines the position of the drift car in the corner as specified by the judges. A driver will be deducted heavily if they maneuver away from the Drift line.
A drift competitor who has good speed throughout a drift course will be very difficult to chase and rewarded by the judges. Grip is a major factor when finding speed and competing in a professional drift event.
Drivers are scored on the amount of angle their car carries through the course.
The maximum amount of angle is not important, it is how the angle is maintained throughout the run.
Style is a subjective judging criteria. It differs from country to country. The Prodrift Academy cannot teach style but we can assist our students in understanding how to create a style of their own.
Although not a criteria used in professional drifting competitions, the Prodrift Academy time our students over specific tracks as a measure of progress. The stop watch does not lie when showing driver development.
Training Venue: Desert Training Facility Emirates Motorplex
The Prodrift Academy Desert Training Facility has been built to allow our students maximum track time in order to perfect their drift technique. The facility is equipped with a large training area, briefing room, hospitality area, coffee shop and workshop. The venue is open 7 days a week and has no noise regulations or time constraints. The definition of Eat, Sleep, Drift.
Image: Prodrift Academy desert training facility Emirates Motorplex
Video: An un-edited video from an open drift night at our desert training facility
Video: Desert training facility from above
Cars: Nissan training fleet
The Prodrift Academy has 2 categories of drift vehicle in its fleet, training and pro cars.
We predominately utilize the Nissan 350z & 370z as our training and professional vehicles. The Nissan Z chassis has all the characteristics of a reliable drift car. Torque, chassis strength, heat dispersion, strong drivetrain, parts availability and style.
We also have a fleet of Nissan siliva’s and skylines that we use for professional training and as drift car rentals.
Image: Prodrift training fleet
At the Prodrift Academy we train our students over multiple levels at a time. The maximum a student can train is 3 levels in one day(4 hours). Example: Level 1, 2 and 3.
A 4 hour training program costs 6,000 aed per person
1 day, 2 day and 3 day training packages are available.
Alternatively, students can learn per level with details and prices of the levels below.
For customized training packages please contact our team for assistance firstname.lastname@example.org
How to join
To enroll in the Prodrift academy training program, please fill in the information form and one of our team will contact you for further details. CLICK HERE
Image: Prodrift students enjoying a break from the action
DRIFT TRAINING – Rookie (Training cars)
Please note that with any technique sport, practice is essential. We offer our students maximum track time in order to allow them to perfect their technique and develop consistency in their driving.
Each level takes approximately 1 hour of driving time to complete
Image: Level 1 drift training
LEVEL 1: Drift – Drifting a corner (track 1)
Starting with the most important basic drift techniques, Level 1 has been designed to provide students with the essential techniques required to become a drifter.
Course Content: Handbrake, throttle initiation, Counter steer, Throttle Balance, Full Corner Drift
LEVEL 2: Drift Line – Inner and outer clipping points (track 1)
The Prodrift Academy’s Level 2 course takes the skills our students have learned from Level 1, and builds on them focusing on precision and consistency with Drift Line. Here we see the introduction of clipping points, inside and outside.
Course Content: Drift line, positioning the car mid drift, inner clipping point, outer clipping point
LEVEL 3: Transition – Weight transfer (track 1)
Level 3 transition utilizes the skills learned throughout Level’s 1 and 2, and combines them in order to master the Level 3 course. Here we focus on one of the most important aspects of drift technique, the transition.
Course Content: Drift line, transition, inertia, weight transfer, throttle control
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DRIFT TRAINING – Amateur (Training cars)
The Amateur training program focuses on aggression and precision. Our student will now learn how to be more aggressive with their throttle control while maintaining control of the drift.
Image: Nissan 370Z training car
LEVEL 4: Extension – Run the wall (track 1)
At Level 4, the student has progressed to achieve a level of drifting consistency on our custom-built courses. Level 4 is more technical and involves teaching students how to extend the drift with the use of the correct throttle control, aggression and car positioning.
Course Content: Drift line, extend the drift, drift zone, throttle modulation(control)
LEVEL 5: Precision – Scoring Zone (track 1)
At level 5 the students will be challenged to complete the track 1 layout by showing a complete level of drift control. Line, speed and precision are key in keeping the car within the maximum scoring zone.
Course Content: Drift Line, deceleration, tuck in, precision
LEVEL 6: Timed – Grip & speed (track 2)
The final step on our Amateur program, students are now ready to complete the track 2 course layout. At Level 6 we now change the layout of the track and start to focus on finding speed through grip. Once the student has mastered the new layout we begin to time the course runs. The stopwatch will now guide the students throttle control as they search for extra grip.
A set time will be required in order to progress onto the Semi Professional training program
Course Content: Drift line, deceleration, line correction, throttle control, grip level, timed runs
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Image: Training cars at our desert training facility
DRIFT TRAINING – Semi Pro (pro cars)
The Semi Professional program has been designed for students who want to enter the world of drift competition. Here, the students will transition from our training cars to our professional drift cars.
Image: Prodrift student drifting one of our pro spec Nissan 370z’s
LEVEL 7: Pro Evolution – Technique Re-cap (track 1 & 2)
The students will now begin to drive our professional drift cars and learn to adapt their driving style to a car with extra rear grip. An aggressive driving style is now required as the car will attempt to grip at every corner.
Course info: All techniques
LEVEL 8: Risk & Reward – Wall run (track 3)
In level 7 the course will change for a third time as we begin to introduce high speed transitions onto a wall run(coned wall). As with any professional championship a driver must know how to position his/her car along a wall without crashing. This technique is essential for competition drifting.
Course info: Speed transitions, Brake modulation, throttle adjustment, wall run, throttle control
LEVEL 9: Drift Event (track 4)
For level 9, the Prodrift academy team will simulate a professional drift event to acclimatize our student to the event format of professional drifting.
We will assist the student, step by step as to how an event schedule works and how to prepare their car and team.
- Spotter meetings
- Car setup
- Driver briefing
- Track walk
- Prize giving
Course info: Pre pro event rehearsal
_____ Semi Pro training program graduation ceremony _____
DRIFT TRAINING – PROFESSIONAL (pro cars)
Image: Dubai Autodrome level 10 preparation
LEVEL 10: Professional Championship track layout
The Professional level is the final stage of our training program. Students will learn the core attributes of professional drifting including driver management, driver presentation, sponsorship, team management etc. Before a final track assessment at the Dubai Autodrome downhill drift circuit.
A fast downhill initiation, left right transition followed by 2 outer clipping zones. A professional drift layout for a professional drift driver.
Course info: Briefing, Practice, Qualifying, Competition
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For students who wish to learn at their own pace we recommend intensive training. With intensive, we personalize your training program to your driving ability and skill level. Intensive training works extremely well for beginners and for students with an existing knowledge of sliding a car.
Our group training course caters for a maximum of 4 students who have booked a group session together. The group will be assigned a car and an instructor for the course duration with each member rotating throughout the session.
Group training is ideal for a group of friends who wish to drift at the Prodrift Academy before sampling some of Dubai’s bustling night life.
Students can train on different levels dependent on their skill level.
Course Content: Customized on request (1 level of training)
Duration: 4 hours (1 hour person)
Price: 6,000Dhs (1,500 per person)
ONE TO ONE
Our one to one training program is designed for students who wish to train independently and not in a group. One to one students work individually with an instructor to maximize their training progress.
You will get the full attention of your instructor and work as a team to master as many drift techniques as possible.
A one to one student will train over a 4 hour period and work towards completing 3 levels of the Rookie or Amateur training program. Example level 1, 2 & 3.
Course Content: 3 levels of training (example 1, 2 & 3 or 4, 5 & 6)
Duration: 4 hours
The Prodrift Academy Fastrack is a 2 day course that covers the Rookie and Amateur training program. All the fundamental techniques of drifting will be covered. From drifting a corner, drift cline, transitions, handbrake initiations and more.
This course is designed for students who want to learnt he maximum amount of techniques in a short space of time.
Course Content: Rookie & Amateur training program (level 1 to 6)
Duration: 2 Days training (Day One 4 hours) (Day two 4 hours)
The Prodrift Academy Drift King is our most popular intensive training course and covers the Rookie, Amateur and semi pro training over 3 days.
This course is perfect for students who wish to learn the fundamental basics along with professional drift car setup and dynamics.
Course Content: Rookie, Amateur & Semi Pro training program (level 1 to 9)
Duration: 3 Days training (Day One 4 hours) (Day two 4 hours) (Day three 4 hours)
Full details can be found here http://prodriftacademy.me/drift-king-training-program/
Prodrift Academy student Ian Russell
“I would like to say a big thank you to Graham, Umar & Ruel for a truly fantastic & unforgettable experience whilst completing the 3-day Drift King training programme at the Prodrift Academy desert training facility in Dubai. It was an action packed 3 days of intensive drift training. Progressing though the 9 individual levels wasn’t easy but with the fantastic knowledge, training & support from all the guys at Prodrift i managed to progress through all 9 levels learning new skills & techniques at each of the levels.
The Drift King training programme has provided me with the professional skill set that I need to move forward in the world of drifting. The guys at Prodrift really know how to look after their students on & off track, the guys looked after me from the moment i arrived in Dubai until the moment i departed.
If anyone is thinking of taking up drifting or is looking to improve their drifting skills i highly recommend getting in touch with the guys at Prodfift Academy UAE you won’t regret it.
I am now looking forward to returning for my next Prodrift experience & completing level 10: Professional Championship track layout in the very near future.
Thanks again guys fantastic job enjoyed every minute of it”
The ultimate training program for a student who wants to be a professional drifter.
Course Content: Rookie, Amateur Semi Pro & Pro training program (level 1 to 10)
Duration: 4 Days training (Day One 4 hours) (Day two 4 hours) (Day three 4 hours) (Day four competition)
For more information on the Prodrift Academy Training Program, please call our office or email us at email@example.com.