Is there anything more fun to do in a car than powersliding? No. And not even that thing you’re thinking about, either, because there are far more fun places to do that, where the risk of a handbrake going somewhere delicate is all but obviated.
There’s something so incredibly exhilarating about pitching a car sideways, feeling the back end step out and holding a graceful arc via a combination of throttle, steering and almost giddying levels of glee.
But how do you do it? Well, we asked Ollie Marriage how he holds the huge powerslides that make Top Gear magazine’s cornering shots at least a million per cent better than going around a corner normally. He said, “Right, well, the thing you have to do first is work out the balance point of the car you’re driving…” and then said many more things, while miming oversteer with his hands. Afraid to admit that we’d tuned out (there was a very pretty butterfly nearby), we decided to ask another member of the TG team.
Down at Dunsfold, we asked Stig how he manages to hold high-speed slides around the Top Gear track. He stared at us for exactly 15 and a half seconds, before walking away. It’s one of the better conversations we’ve had, to be honest.
Luckily, we do know a bit about this ourselves, so we’re happy to impart a few lessons on the art of oversteer.