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It's obvious that drifting around turns gets you speed boosts that can make a big difference a lot of the time.

But often, when trying to keep a drift going - especially to get to the 3rd level in MK8D - it means I'm cutting corners less tightly, releasing the boost when I'm not facing dead center, etc.

I know it depends on the scenario, but as a rule of thumb, is it better to optimize for max drift at the expense of the tightest path, or should you basically drift as best you can only to the extent that it doesn't cause wider turns, etc.

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Each level of drift beyond the first gives you roughly an extra second of drift turbo time, as seen in this official video:

For whether or not it's worth it, you can generalize the statement to it will be worth it if one second of extra boost offsets the extra time from how far off the track you go to get it. Mathematically, the second level of boost lasts for:

1.674 / 0.621 = 2.6956 = 169.56% MORE drift boost time than level 1

and level 3 boost is:

2.633 / 1.674 = 1.5728 = 57.28% MORE drift boost time than level 2

So it will usually be worth it to get to level 2, but it may not be quite worth it to get to level 3 if you have to go really far off of center-facing to get it.

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    Awesome answer - thanks so much!! (I made some minor edits to clarify some things that confused me slightly at first - hope you're okay with them!) – Jaydles May 26 '17 at 17:02
  • Yeah, of course! That's what StackExchange is all about =) – Chase Sandmann May 26 '17 at 17:42
  • I don't think comparing boost time of level 3 to level 2 makes sense, because each level of charging takes the same amount of time, so you really should compare it with level 1 instead. Going from level 2 to level 3 takes the same charge time as going from level 1 to level 2. – Nelson May 27 '17 at 4:40

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