Incredible mid-drift refuelling helps BMW set two world records
BMW has achieved two Guinness World Records after new M5 drifts 232.5 miles and twin-vehicle drift goes on for nearly 50 miles
BMW has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest drift and longest twin-vehicle drift at the firm’s Performance Centre in South Carolina.
The main record was the longest single-car drift, which saw BMW driving instructor Johan Schwartz drift a 2017 BMW M5 for 232.5 miles over the course of eight hours. The distance shattered the previous record set in a Toyota GT86 last year by 143 miles.
However, it’s not just the record itself that’s impressive. Drifting a car at high revs in a low gear for a prolonged period of time results in terrible miles per gallon figures, so running out of fuel is a real problem.
To overcome this, a second fuel tank was fitted to the previous record-holder, but BMW went for something much more elaborate. A second M5 entered the skid pad when the record-setting car’s tank was low, with an engineer hanging out of the window with a specially adapted rig that would allow them to refuel on the go.
Matt Butts, of automotive components specialist Detroit Speed, was the man tasked with connecting the pump. He said: “Although we practised the refuelling several times before the Guinness World Record title attempt, there was very little margin for error.
“We’re very excited to have played a part in Johan and BMW recapturing this record.”
Footage released by BMW shows the cars touching during the five successful refuelling attempts, but both managed to keep on track.
Schwartz was joined by fellow BMW instructor Matt Mullins in a second M5 to take the record for the longest twin-vehicle drift. The pair managed 49.25 miles in one hour, beating the previous record of 17.72 miles set in 2014.
The new BMW M5 was announced last year, and marks the first time the super-saloon has come with all-wheel drive – though there’s a so-called ‘drift mode’ that allows it to become rear-wheel drive at the push of a button. Power comes from a 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine that makes 592bhp and 750Nm of torque, while the 0-60mph time is 3.2 seconds.
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