Following on from our previous article (found here) where we talked about the evils of drift tax wed like to talk about the opposite side of the spectrum.
The drift rebate…. Essentially what this is how the sport of drifting has made access to and the price of certain things easier and cheaper. Lets take a look at some of the things were talking about.
10 years ago if you had walked into a tuner and asked them to build you a drift car chances are that not one of them would have been able to do it. Firstly, none of them knew how to and secondly the parts and tuning knowledge were just not available in South Africa. Skip ahead a few years and all of a sudden there are now tuning houses in SA that specialize in the building of purpose built drift cars. They now have the necessary skills that have been paid for by the pioneers of the sport in SA and aspiring drivers now have access to every conceivable drift goodie even though said goodies now come at a premium.
Although many companies that provide the services that drifters use had existed before drifting came along, the services that they provide have become cheaper or stayed the same. Companies that make fiberglass and carbon fibre panels have sprung up making these items because drift cars need replacement panels, a lot !, so it has become cost effective to keep them cheap.
Because we often have to import many of these goodies and the import costs are astronomical, our good guy engineers have taken it upon themselves to make their own versions of products that are available overseas. Steering angle kits are the most prevalent as well as homegrown modifications that make the rest of the drift world sit up and take notice. This has helped many a drifter locally that just couldn’t afford high end products from Japan or the USA.
For those of you that follow drifting you will no doubt know that the single most expensive consumable in our sport has got to be tyres.. Tyres are expensive I hear you wail! Yes they are but the ones that drifters use have not escalated in price in the last 10 years. Lets take for instance the most common tyre the 225/45/17. 10 Years ago these tyres cost approximately R1200 each during that same time period a 195/50/15 cost you R550 each. 10 years ago that was a lot of money for rubber. Jump ahead to 2016 and a 195/50/15 is going to cost you close to R850 while a 225/45/17 is only going to cost you R1000.
Seems weird I know but that just shows that certain things have gotten cheaper because were using more of them at a steady rate and our friends at the tyre companies know this and will keep it cheap as long as we keep buying.
These are just a few of the things, but there are many others
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