Herald Sun - Motoring - - Special Report -

DRIV­ING the speedy, smoky Corolla Drift car is fast and fu­ri­ous. Beau Yates is fast, I am­fu­ri­ous. He is wickedly quick and spec­tac­u­lar and in con­trol and I am­fu­ri­ous I can­not re­motely con­trol his home­grown side­ways slider.

It looks so easy from the pas­sen­ger seat. Yates throws the wheel, pitches the car side­ways, then steers on the throt­tle and works hard to keep the back tyres spin­ning. He can do it eas­ily at 140km/h on dry bi­tu­men.

It’s the to­tal re­verse of the usual ‘‘slow in, fast out’’ motorsport rule, but it works. For him . . . the tame pet Corolla be­comes a ram­pag­ing mon­ster when I try.

I can get it side­ways but there is no way to keep the slides un­der con­trol. The Corolla flicks and twitches and, even af­ter 30 years of

rally and race driv­ing, I can­not get it to re­spond the way I want.

When I spin into a gravel trap and drop the nose off I de­cide to park. Beaten. I’m not alone.

‘‘That has to be the hard­est car I have ever driven,’’ says three-times Aus­tralian Rally cham­pion Neal Bates, who leads this year’s se­ries in his own TRD Corolla.

‘‘It is evil. I don’t know how Beau does it.’’

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