BMW M5 gets sideways for 51 miles to set new drifting world record
By Darren Quick
May 14, 2013
Back in February at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, Abdo “Dado” Feghali set a new Guinness World Record by getting sideways in a stock Chevrolet Camaro SS fitted with an EasyDrift system for over 10 minutes, covering a distance of 6.95 miles (11.18 km). Pretty impressive, right? Well, it’s not looking quite so impressive after BMW Performance Center Instructor Johan Schwartz spent a large slab of his Saturday in a continuous drift that covered an insane 51.28 miles (82.52 km).
Schwartz performed the new world-record drift by completing a total of 322.5 laps around the 841-foot (256-meter) skid pad at the BMW Performance Center near Greenville, South Carolina. He was behind the wheel of an unmodified 2013 BMW M5 sedan from the BMW Performance Center school fleet that was equipped with an M-DCT transmission and a set of Continental ContiSport ultra-high performance tires (sizes 255/30/20 front, 295/30/20 rear).
The drift record attempt kicked off a week of events leading up to the BMW Charity Pro-Am and raised over US$20,000 in charitable donations that will benefit over 150 different charities.
Some of the record-setting drift can be seen in the video below. However, those hoping to see plenty of tire smoke will be disappointed to learn the track was sprayed down with water beforehand.