BMW sets Guinness record for longest drift with new M5 [w/videos]
In September of 2011, Chinese drifter Wang Qi broke the Guinness record for the world’s longest sustained drift, doing 13 laps inside the Olympic Center Stadium in Tianlin, China for 5,802.3 meters. That was broken in February of this year by Abdo Feghali in Abu Dhabi drifting a new Chevrolet Camaro around a skidpad for 11,180 meters – almost seven miles. In March, BMW decided it wanted the record “back in the US,” and set up a course at its BMW Performance Driving School near Greenville, South Carolina to get the job done. On May, 11 it was Mission Accomplished when Performance Center driver Johan Schwartz drifted an M5 around a skidpad continuously for 51.3 miles.
Despite that accomplishment, we’re pretty sure that professional drifter Vaughn Gittin, Jr. isn’t impressed. The way Guinness defines “drifting” can also describe a donut, which is effectively the kind of drifting that’s been done for these last three records. BMW went even further by watering down the surface of the track, reducing the skill required and the need to change tires during the effort. On the other hand, you can’t drift a car for long in a straight line, but perhaps there should be some clarification or classifications added to the milestones.
There’s a pair of videos below taken during the record-breaking run, and a press release from the company that did it.
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