BMW Releases Nail-Biting Footage Of Its Mid-Drift Refuelling Efforts

Todd Singleton
January 10, 2018

Guinness has yet to certify the record - set by Johan Schwartz on a small, circular track at BMW's Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina - but an adjudicator was on-hand to confirm the achievement. A second Guinness World Records title for the longest twin vehicle drift (water assisted) was also set on the same day.

The German auto giant has smashed the Guinness World Record for the world's longest continuous drift over eight hours - with the help of a very risky manoeuvre.

Five separate times over the course of the eight-hour drift, a second BMW M5 - a previous generation M5 (F10) similar to the one that Schwartz used to set his original record - entered the skid pad driven by BMW Performance Center Chief Driving Instructor Matt Mullins.

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The previous record was last set by Toyota in 2017, when journalist Jesse Adams managed to keep a new 86 sideways for 165 km, a feat that took six hours and was pulled off using added, larger fuel tanks in-car.

BMW has drifted into the record books. "In the end, the refueling system worked flawlessly and the M5 performed as expected". So, while Matt Mullin was driving the refuelling vehicle, a previous generation M5, Matt Butts, from Detroit Speed, was tasked with refuelling Schwartz's M5 by coming out of the rear window of Mullins' auto, while being suspended by a safety tether. The new-gen BMW M5 is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine is assisted by BMW's M TwinPower Turbo technology and churns out a a breathtaking output of 600hp in the 5,700 - 6,600 rpm range.

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