Wednesday, 19 September, 2018


BMW creates Guinness World record, drifts M5 for 374 kms

2018 BMW M5 BMWThe 2018 BMW M5 is being refueled while attempting to set a new world record for longest vehicle drift
Conrad Doyle | 12 January, 2018, 23:54

BMW driving instructors set two world records at the BMW Performance Center in Greer last month.

American precision driver Matt Mullins was also on the water-covered skid pad, hoping to secure a second record for the BMW M5: Longest twin vehicle drift (water assisted). In a press release, BMW compared it to the way fighter jets can refuel mid-flight.

This involved a passenger in a support F10 M5 hanging out of the rear window and stuffing a bowser nozzle into a special orifice on the record auto - all at speed while both cars were completely sideways.

The German automaker was able to set the new Guinness World Record for longest vehicle drift on December 11, 2017. The refueling system was developed by North Carolina-based vehicle fabricator Detroit Speed. To complete this task, the auto went through five phases of refuelling while in mid-drift, which was again facilitated by another drift M5, driven by BMW Performance Center Chief Driving Instructor Matt Mullins, was used as a support vehicle. This process happened five different times. "We're excited to have played a part in Johan and BMW recapturing this record".

This was not Johan's first test at breaking a record, having previously achieved the Longest continuous vehicle drift while driving an older model of the BMW M5 in 2013.

"Although we practiced the refueling several times before the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt, there was very little margin for error", said Butts. However, the title was snatched from the German automaker when a Toyota 86 attained a sustained drift of 89.5 miles the following year.

The duo achieved an impressive 79.26 km (49.25 mi), which easily surpassed the previous record of 28.52 km (17.72 miles), set in Dubai back in 2014.

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