Reckon you’re pretty handy at drifting? Well, you’ll feel like an absolute amateur when you hear about BMW’s latest world record attempt.
The Bavarian carmaker has just set a new Guinness world record by drifting an M5 over a distance of 232.5 miles for eight hours straight – this smashed the previous record of 143 miles into teeny-weeny pieces.
Piloted by BMW instructor Johan Schwartz, the super saloon completed the sustained drift on a so-called skid pad.
Watch highlights from the M5’s eight-hour drift here:
Little margin for error
As if one world record wasn’t enough, Schwartz also performed a twin vehicle drift with BMW Performance Center chief driving instructor Matt Mullins over a distance of 49.25 miles in one hour.
All this was made possible thanks to a custom-built refuelling system developed by BMW in collaboration with the North Carolina-based company Detroit Speed.
This allowed the M5 to drift continuously without a break for the full eight hours as required by the Guinness World Records, with the car being refuelled during the drift in a similar way to how fighter jets can refuel mid-flight.
A second BMW M5 had to be driven alongside the drifting, record-breaking M5 while someone leaned out of the rear window and essentially poured petrol into the tank by hand.
Sounds dangerous, right? Well, Matt Butts, test car manager and development driver for Detroit Speed, explained just how risky the feat was.
“Although we practiced the refuelling several times before the world record title attempt, there was very little margin for error,” he said.
“We’re very excited to have played a part in Johan and BMW recapturing this record.”
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “The M5 is already a phenomenal car but words cannot do justice to how unbelievably awesome this is.”
Check out how they pulled it off here:
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