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->''"He once parallel parked a train."''
-->-- Attributed to '''TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld'''

Just your average HotPursuit or DeathRace. Nothing to see here, folks, move on--

HOLY FREAKIN' COW!! Did you see that [[CoolCar car]]? Only it wasn't a car, but it's tearing up the road all the same?!

Sure enough, that high-performance vehicle is not an automobile, but something else entirely: perhaps a train, or a [[TankGoodness main battle tank]], or a [[HumongousMecha mech]] even. Alternatively, the speed demon is certainly a car, but not one you'd normally expect to see applying scientifically precise sinusoid pathing to Main Street. But this is an Action Movie, of course [[RuleOfCool we're going to ignore things]] like friction, momentum, torque, engine efficiency, so on and so forth. The ActionHero earned his driver's license in Breakneck Speedsters, and it's [[UniversalDriversLicense class E for 'everything']].

In mundane hands, this baby would get twelve miles to the gallon, a horrible turning radius, and Jello Jiggler handling. But with Multi-Track Drifting, our racing pro is pulling hairpin turns, running the slalom around lightposts, ditching the cops (in actual ditches no less), making a beautiful mess of things in general.

See ImprobablePilotingSkills for this trope's airborne counterpart.
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!!Examples

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJL33pdsCLM Jet plane drifting... on the ground.]]
* Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld once parallel parked a train.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The TropeNamer is ''Densha de D'', an AffectionateParody of ''InitialD'' [[RecycledINSPACE using trains instead of cars]]. Towards the end of one race, Takumi shifts his train to roll down both sets of tracks on a corner at high speed, intentionally spreading his train across two sets of tracks to minimise the risk of flipping over sideways from the forces involved. A shocked Keisuke blurts out the infamous line.
** A parody of this parody was done by an ImageBoard artist, with [[VideoGame/MarioKart Yoshi]] using the outside of a turn to fire off multiple powerslide turboes. The phrase in this example is ''"Multi-turbo drifting!"''
** The line has pretty much [[MemeticMutation become a somewhat minor meme]] used as a way to describe a "drift" in a thread between one topic and another, especially if they go back and forth.
* In anime, the conventional battle tank is often on the losing side. Presenting the "snub tank", the subcompact version, which usually features improved speed and handling, and a short main gun that's no less powerful. Likely originates in ''DominionTankPolice''.
* The Tachikoma in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' are very fast spider tanks, so you know they are fast and agile. But some of the stuff they pull off puts {{Spiderman}} to shame.
* In ''MobileSuitGundamMSIGLOO'' and ''Igloo 2'', the Hidolfr and RTX-440 Guntanks are machines that are in scale with the mobile suits they fight against. Given that, [[LightningBruiser they're much faster and more agile then they appear.]] An example being the Hidolfr pivoting on its axis ''while moving forward.''
* [[BadassDriver Mako Reizei]] tried this trick ''thrice'' in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer''. Remember, she's driving an ''actual'' tank and using this trick as a tactical maneuver, to wit:
** First, when she drifted the Panzer IV around [[TheBritishEmpire St. Gloriana]]'s Churchill, before letting her teammate open fire at point-blank range. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the shot did not do squat at the enemy armor]];
** Second, in the 6th Episode, where the same driver again drifts the tank to dodge an incoming shell from [[Main/{{Eagleland}} Saunders High]]'s Sherman Firefly; and
** Lastly, in the finals, (as homage to her previous trick as stated in the first example) where she drifted around [[GermanicEfficiency Kuromorimine]]'s Tiger I flag tank so hard that she broke the Panzer IV's suspension in the process.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The particularly memorable "tank chase" from ''Film/GoldenEye'' is one of the stronger examples, with Film/JamesBond chasing after the DamselInDistress in a "Model T" (a Russian T-series heavy tank, that is). [[spoiler:Extra style points for lifting a memorial statue, sticking it in an overhang, and crushing some cars on his tail.]] That the guy he's chasing is in a small Soviet-bloc car just makes it even more [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMX7_z4ixFQ awesome]].
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] earlier with a Mercedes-Benz [[PopTheTires sans its tires, which have been shot to pieces]], in ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', where Bond has to catch up with a circus train. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Cue train approaching from the opposite direction]]. He, naturally, makes the jump before the inevitable collision. [[CaptainObvious Mercedes-Benzes are not frequently made in track gauges]], so the special effects crew had to improvise one.
* ''[[Film/TheItalianJob2003 The Italian Job]]'' (2003 remake) features some particularly shiny Mini Coopers navigating through buildings like some parkour maniac. The cars used were heavily modified to withstand the highly atypical driving conditions.
** [[Film/TheItalianJob1969 The original version]], with Michael Caine, has ''even better'' Mini car-fu of this nature, including a scene where the cars can be seen driving over the roof of the local Fiat factory.
* The souped-up steam train from ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future Part III]]''.
* Herbie in ''Film/HerbieFullyLoaded'', most especially the final NASCAR racing sequence where the anthropomorphic Volkswagen was seen climbing onto the fence above the wall, trying to avoid being trade-painted.
* ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' manages to do it with... well, a ''battleship'', thanks to creative application of the anchor.
** This maneuver is called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor#Club_hauling club hauling]] and was used in the age of sail to turn in a small radius. Using it on a battleship at flank speed would probably just drag the anchor.
* In ''Film/FastAndFurious 6'', the heroes are driving their usual muscle cars when they suddenly discover that their opponent is driving a tank.
* Indian film ''Alluda Mazaaka...!'' has a rather famous one where the lead character, portrayed by [[MemeticMutation India's Chuck Norris]], Chiranjeevi slides his horse under a truck. Yes, you read that right, he [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86PUB4u2s2A slides a horse]]!

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* One of [[Literature/CiaphasCain Jurgen's]] many talents is driving a forty-ton Salamander scout tank ''[[DrivesLikeCrazy like a sportscar]]''. Pray you aren't in the way if he realizes he's running late, because the Commissar is ''never'' allowed to be late.
* The 50,000 ton [[MilitaryMashupMachine Land Battleships]] of the eponymous ''Literature/{{Bolo}}'' series are noted to be able to hit ''200 miles per hour'' on flat terrain. 'Flat' in this case being anything less bumpy than the average mountain range.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* An [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wKfpPrRVIo episode]] of ''Series/TopGear'' involved Jeremy Clarkson in a Land Rover Sport attempting to outmanoeuvre a ''[[CoolTank Challenger 2]]''. He failed. The episode showcased the tank's smokelaunchers, manoeuvrability, speed and ability to handle rough terrain. And it was [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]]. However, Clarkson managed to survive for a full five minutes, by weaving around forests where the tank could not get a good shot on him.
** They also did a similar thing with a Lotus Exige versus an Apache helicopter gunship - racing around the confines of the track, trying to get missile lock. They weren't allowed to use the [[GatlingGood chin cannon]] or pop up from miles away and use the [[MacrossMissileMassacre hellfire rockets]], that would have been unfair...
** ''TopGear'' has also done such wonders as racing piled up cars with the top steering and the bottom accelerating and braking, [=MPVs=] (people carriers), camper vans ([=RVs=]) and ''buses''. And they were all awesome.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQJKQjXpGQA Another notable episode]] featured an attempt to drive a Transit Van driven around the Nurburgring in ten minutes.
** In the "Lorry Challenge", the three presenters were instructed to drive their eighteen-wheelers to a test track and power slide them (cabs only). All three swore blind that it couldn't be done, so the producers brought out their tame racing driver('s lorry-driving cousin), who proceeded to do just that [[ThisCannotBe to general consternation]]. (Sure enough, none of the three could reproduce the feat.)
* ''Series/TopGearUS'' has an episode where the resident BadassDriver, Tanner Foust, is challenged to put a variety of vehicles into a drift. He manages to drift a stretch Lincoln limousine (with [[ButtMonkey Rutledge]] in the back), and a full-sized ''city bus''. A later episode has the three hosts racing tractors (which they described in terms of cars); Tanner begins to do donuts in his 6 ton tractor after the race.
* Due to high crosswinds, the pilots seen in ''Flying Wild Alaska'' do this on pretty much every other landing.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Unless you're dealing with a 316-ton super-heavy battle tank, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' doesn't have very strict rules governing vehicle movement, so as long as you don't exceed the speed limit your [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier Land Raider]] can zig-zag around those barricades and pull a sicknasty 180 at the end of its move.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The titular ''MetalSlug'' is your familiar anime-inspired snub tank, capable of jumping over lesser military machinery (the bomber pilots certainly didn't expect to be attacked '''from above'''), and [[DodgeTheBullet ducking under]] rounds from other tanks.
* The Landmaster from the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series [[DoABarrelRoll does the barrel roll]] too, Peppy.
* ''Videogame/GoldenEye1997'' has a version of the tank chase; noteable for 007 being able to roll over dozens of guards without affecting the performance of the tank at all. Squish squish.
* The 1986 strategy game ''Roadwar 2000'' allows the player to modify his street gang's vehicles to turn on a dime, even buses and tractor trailers.
* The [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove little-known]] tank racing game ''Videogame/TreadMarks'' is about off-road-racing, heavily-armed, powersliding... tanks.
* The recent flight-combat game ''Videogame/{{HAWX}}'' gives the player the ability to drift ''fighter jets'' in mid-air. However, the ability differs from jet to jet. Slowpokes like the MiG-21 Fishbed can barely hold a drift, while the SU-37 Terminator can ''flip in mid-air.''
** Note that in theory, with some rather specific modifications and particularly thrust-vector engines (which are currently available technology seen on the F-35 and the F-22, for example), this is entirely possible.
** Not to mention the way stalling is illustrated in the game, which has planes ''dropping like a rock'' the second the airframe loses stable velocity. Bwha?
*** That's when the flight controls are set to the basic, arcade-like mode. When it's in Advanced mode, the plane pretty much stalls and ''holds in place in mid-air'' for a few seconds until speed increases, which is even '''worse.'''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' has a multi track drifting scene featuring the precursor of the Metal Gear--the Shagohod, which can go at high speeds by using two gigantic augers and a rocket booster. It arguably makes less sense than any of the Metal Gears that follow it.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games: especially in San Andreas, where you can use a dump truck, an Abrams, a truck with trailer, and even ''a train if you derail it in the right place''.
* Despite being a game that makes strenuous efforts toward realism to the point where its engine has been used for actual military training simulations, ''OperationFlashpoint'' lets you pull this off in any tank, assuming you can reach a sufficiently high speed, due to tank treads apparently having significantly less grip than they do in RealLife.
* ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'' lets you drift... while [[HorseOfADifferentColor riding a boar.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d1mFfFxiVw Yes, the hoofed animal.]] Yes, [[CrazyAwesome it is awesome.]] A programmer spent one of his lunch breaks trying to make the boar drift, and the producers thought it was too funny to not add.
* The opening cinematic of ''MetalSaga'' features a scene where the protagonist drifts his ''World War II-era 57 ton Tiger I tank.'' Somewhat justified, since in game you can customize the tanks with more powerful engines, though unfortunately [[GameplayAndStorySegregation you never get the chance to do so in game.]]
* The Chevalier wheeled scout tank in ''[[Videogame/MechWarrior MechWarrior Living Legends]]'' is capable of going through absurdly tight turns at high speed, faster than a modern car could do. It's even possible to do ''drifting'' in the Chevalier, despite it being a 35 ton tank. Strangely, the [[FanNickname Chevy]] handles better the faster its moving, allowing a Chevy moving at max speed to turn extremely quickly. It's also possible to ''do donuts'' the [[SpacePlane aerospace fighters]], owing to their huge thrust and screwy aerodynamic stall mechanics - cut the throttle as you mash the yaw axis, wait a moment, then kick on the afterburners at max power and bam, you're doing donuts in the sky.
* Accomplished in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86PUB4u2s2A Train Simulator 2013]].
* {{World of Tanks}} makes it possible with particularly fast vehicles; French light/medium tanks from the ELC AMX on and the US M18 Hellcat are notorious for being able to powerslide. The British Light-and-Medium line from the Tier IV Coventanter to the Tier VII Comet recently joined them.
** The French ELC AMX to the AMX 13 90 sequence of light tanks is notorious for being able to get air off nearly any size of hill, because of their incredibly light weight compared to most vehicles in the game.
*** Not only that, but that particular series of light tanks is also well known for mounting [[GlassCannon incredibly powerful guns]] [[FragileSpeedster despite their size, weight, and speed.]] The ELC AMX doesn't have a turret that turns around 360 degrees, so what some players do is perform ''drifting shots'' on enemy tanks into their vulnerable side or rear armor. The results are both [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng8Sl-fM0SU#t=116s destructive and hilarious]].
** Currently the fastest tank in the game is Pz 1 ausf.C, which is also coincidentally one of the most lightweight at under 8 tons. The tank is so prone to drifting and getting air off bumps in the road it routinely damages itself and can even break its own tracks on particularly hard landings.
* There's this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OU-ACHzCxM fan-made video game]] of the TropeNamer.
* ''PlanetSide 2'' features the Lightning, a [[FragileSpeedster one-man light tank]]. With the "Racer" chassis upgrade, it's capable of doing powerslides. The alternate chassis upgrade, "Rival" improves its turning radius, allowing it to drift once sufficiently upgraded. It should be noted that all vehicles in Planetside 2, no matter the weight or drivetrain have utterly appalling traction, so slides in heavy tanks and 6-wheel-drive armoured busses are no challenge to pull.
* A drift-racing game ''VideoGame/RacingLagoon'' features a limousine, which is ''actively'' driftable using the handbrake like other sport cars. There are also trucks and buses, but they drift poorly due to their enormous sizes and weights, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny but once you've modified]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and mastered them...]]
* In the PC version of ''Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed'', [[CompanyOfHeroes General Winter's]] land vehicle is a Soviet tank. Like all land vehicles, you can drift it, and it is awesome.
* ''Videogame/ForzaMotorsport 4'' features the Hummer H1 Alpha, a diesel AWD truck that weighs ''eight thousand pounds''. With some tuning and upgrades, it's possible to drift the Hummer. Courtesy of the game's sometimes [[TeleportSpam finicky netcode]], it's possible for cars to do things that they should ''definitely'' not be able do, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JmElhK0LLo&t=5s suddenly going flying up into the air while doing a sweet corkscrew before landing on all four wheels]], or breaking the sound barrier through a hairpin turn.
* WarThunder Ground Forces is notorious for having all tanks slide around at the slightest bit of turning at speed. Ironic, as it's in most ways more realistic than it's rival, WorldOfTanks.

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* Averted in the case of hopped up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Nelson Shawn Nelson]], who after rampaging through suburban San Diego, got his stolen M60 Patton [[{{Anticlimax}} stuck on a freeway median]] when he tried to cross over into oncoming traffic.
* During WWII, LT. Richard Candelaria was dogfighting in his P-51 Mustang with a skilled German pilot in am Me109. With the German flying circles around him and latched on his tail, Candelaria tries a risky maneuver, kicking his Mustang's tail around so the German would overshoot him. His plane does the equivalent of a short spin in the air and shoots down the German plane. Although he's not spinning in the air per-se, it still qualifies as an unconventional tactic. Eat your heart out, thrust vectoring.
** Of course, making flying machines spin in strange maneuvers has been around since WWI, with the little Fokker Triplanes being extremely agile for their time.
*** The Fokker Dr.I's agility was situational; like all aircraft that had rotary engines (such as the Le Rhone and Oberursel, which had a fixed crankshaft that the entire engine spun around), the torque from the engine meant that the plane could turn right much more readily than it could turn left. The compact airframe of the Dr.I compounded the effect, making it possible to almost spin the plane to the right without loss of control. The Dr.1 also had the unique "feature" that the entire vertical tail unit was rudder, making waving the tail a snap.
** In the Dogfights documentary series, one WWII pilot had the trick of simultaneously pitching down and yawing, turning his whole plane into one huge, unstable, airbrake. In the same series, one US pilot in Vietnam had perfected an exploitation of the Phantom jet's flat spin failure mode, putting his plane into a flat spin for a few seconds at a time to WTF his enemies and forcing overshoots by losing airspeed, then quickly recovering to normal flight on their tails.
** The P-51's maneuver is actually a tactic you're taught in flight school called a slip. It's used in civilian aviation to either drop altitude quickly (like maybe you're too high above a runway to land) and quickly recover, or keep your plane traveling straight in a crosswind. Yes, it also acts as an airbrake and you can recover from it really, really easily (you enter it by yawing one direction and rolling slightly the opposite; you exit by releasing the controls). Pilots during WWI would use slips to strafe targets air and ground, in addition to the aforementioned "let the Messerschmitt pass right by" use during WWII.
* No need to use military planes: civilian aerobatic models can [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3q8MDFltxI do it perfectly well]]!
* Europeans race trucks. Not pickups, but semis. It is loud and awesome. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrhf7npIumU Youtube clip.]]
** This is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et9n2g9HHtU hardly]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6iQvVpeuQE specific]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQrZBqj0vPY to Europe]].
** You also forgot about the semi-truck that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRg6qZzUXaM competed in a hill climb]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDGfzYiDEpI was used in a gymkhana video]]
* In real life, unfortunately, no train driver can pull off the above moves using conventional trams and tracks... ''[[http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hVOW2U7K4-M/SJAKUjz1VNI/AAAAAAAAX0U/-ZctmhM-iio/s640/100_pics.jpg ...Or can they?]]''
** If your car's going slow enough, and you time the switch correctly, and the two tracks run parallel to each other... sure you can. At speed, you'd just derail.
* The Germans love to show off the mobility of their Leopard 2. Just search for it on youtube.
** You can cross a 3,5m wide trench by driving into it and just digging through the other side to get out again, but it's a lot easier to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNmLFTSq-TE just jump over it]].
* The Americans have done a couple of Tank drifting Goodness in Iraq with their M1 Abrams and Canadians tanker have pulled their share of tank drifting in Afghanistan with the aforementioned Leopard 2.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ti7z807Dmk Here]], a Bradley is parked [[BluesBrothers Elwood-style]].
* Russian T-90 tank isn't called a "Flying tank" for nothing. Its demonstrations often include climbing high obstacles without losing speed, often flying several meters after that... ''Firing the cannon during landing'' is optional.
** They can also do a reasonably passable [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcT_fQIP6bU ballet performance.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX7cnm3gTaI 1 HP drifting]]. Old-school. No, I mean horse-and-buggy old-school...
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGqorZHspos Scandinavian Airplane Drifting! ]]
* Unsurprisingly popular with [[http://www.pown.it/1523 golf carts]].
* In order to land in heavy crosswinds, most professional pilots, especially airline pilots, are trained to fly their planes in at insane angles. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfB4xyM7tMw here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PdUdaXDHm4 here]].
** If you try to fly in a straight line in a heavy crosswind, you end up flying wing-first kinda automatically. The real trick is the landing, as the pilot has to right up the plane immediately as it touches the ground, lest it rolls off the runway.
** The B52 was designed with this in mind with its gear able to adjust to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94AcSHpcZbI landings with ridiculous amounts of yaw]]. A feature that was considered top secret for many years.
* The Nimitz class Supercarrier can do [[http://media-cache-lt0.pinterest.com/upload/28217935135885018_ZiPMs7gZ_c.jpg this]]. That's a boat big enough to have two runways drifting.
* Sailing ships stuck without enough room to turn and facing the wind can [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor#Club_hauling club haul]]. An anchor is attached to the lee quarter (rear of the ship facing the shore) but dropped from the lee bow (front facing the shore). The vessel gathers sternway (it moves backwards) and is turned around by the now trailing anchor. The anchor cable is cut, and the ship proceeds on its way facing the opposite direction in a very narrow (for a sailing ship) turning radius.... minus one anchor. Not exactly The Fast And The Furious, but pretty nimble for a 72 gun man of war.
** Do the same setup, but with two anchors, reversing the setup on the other side of the ship. The ship can't go anywhere, but by reeling in and reeling out the anchor cables, the ship can be turned any which way. You now have a 72 gun turret, unlike your enemies, who likely are at the mercy of the wind and currents to maneuver against you. Obviously only works when you are on the defense.
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