RC Drifting Noob: Sakura D4 RWD Build

The RC drifting noob finished the the Sakura D4 RWD chassis rolling kit build last week. It probably took me about a total of 8 hours (accumulated) to get almost all of the parts assembled for the rolling kit. It probably is too slow for you guys out there, but hey, this is my first scale RC, ever! Cut me some slack.

Back to the build, there were 9 labeled bags, and another one for the tools inside the Sakura D4 RWD box. The bags are labeled clearly and corresponds with the each of the components or sections that will be built. For example, bag 1 is for building the main chassis frame, and the lower suspension arms.

Sakura D4 RWD Bags 1-4
Sakura D4 RWD Bags 1-4
Sakura D4 RWD Bags 5-9
Sakura D4 RWD Bags 5-9

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RC Drifting: A new adventure awaits

For several weeks now, I’ve been been very eager to try out RC Drifting. Though I’m not entirely new to drifting per se as I’ve had experience with drifting in simulation games like rFactor and Assetto Corsa, I’m totally new to the RC world.

I’ve heard and saw some videos years back on RC Drifting but wasn’t really excited or interested about it because for me, it didn’t seem quite like drifting that I was used to in rFactor or Assetto Corsa. The reason for this was that RC cars before were all AWDs or all-wheel-drive cars. But now, there are several dedicated RWD kits available on the market that, for me, is something that I can really appreciate.

Take the following video for example:

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This was the video where I said to myself, ‘I gotta get me one of these’. From then on, I think I’ve watched most youtube videos for the Sakura D4 RWD, which is the kit I’m interested in purchasing.

So after weeks of nights where I can only dream of RC Drifting, the time has come where I can finally try it out myself, and I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy it. The Sakura D4 RWD kit that I purchased from rcMart finally arrived, along with the parts needed to run the 1/10 scale drift car.

Sakura D4 RWD kit and parts
Sakura D4 RWD kit and parts

I’m one happy kid (at heart) 🙂

rFactor Drift | Ebisu Minami | Smoke Add-on Test

Here’s a short clip of a solo run on Ebisu’s D1GP section. This also served as a test for a new smoke add-on. I got it from the TougeLife mod by Ryan Smith. You can grab his mod at their TougeLife site.

I didn’t really like the previous smoke add-ons I’ve used in the past, basically because it gave me a hard time seeing the car in front, and they were practically just all white. But the smoke add-ons that came with the TougeLife mod has textures that makes it look better, and more realistic.

Enjoy the short rFactor drift clip below. Let me know what you think.

rFactor Drift | Bimmer, sideways! | E46 Preview

Had fun drifting the BMW M3 E46 made by Rasta Drifter. This isn’t an official release yet, and haven’t asked for permission from Rasta to add a download link for this rFactor drift mod, so just feast your eyes on this beauty. We have the opportunity to get this baby sideways because we’re both members of the Facebook group, JDMFactor.

Definitely needs a lot of upgrades for the rims. I’m all good as to how it looks, and honestly don’t want to have any weird looking body kits on it. In terms of Force Feedback, it feels great with my Logitech G27, with Realfeel plugin installed.

Can’t wait for the official release!

rFactor Drift | Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R | Custom Livery

BNR32 SoulExhaust Drift Livery

Here’s my custom drift livery for the Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R of Project D 2.31.

SoulExhaust logo stamped on the bonnet, courtesy of Nino.

ASA stands for Angas-Swag Alliance, my clan in Battlefield 3, which is also printed on the rear wings.

AltTab Racing is a fictional racing team I created when I raced in the SRPh SGT-500 Championship.

JDMFactor, printed at the roof, is a Facebook group I’m currently in, that is dedicated to people who play rFactor for Drifting, and those who love the JDM culture.

Download rFactor Drift skin here. We might catch each other drifting online.

rFactor Drift | Project D 2.3 | Yokohama Docks | Raw

rFactor drift session on a publicly available server named P-Server. Been away from the online drifting scene for a while, so please forgive the crappy drifting and shallow angle, at some points.

As usual, some good tandem drift runs with Esteed at the Yokohoma Docks. There’s more from where this came from, and better. This is raw footage, no editing involved, just using default camera angles provided by the track.

This is just a preview of some of the action that happens in the rfactor online drifting scene.

Sim: rFactor
Car Mod: S13 of Project D 2.3
Track Mod: GRID Yokohama