4 years ago, BMW drifted an M5 sedan for 8-hrs to set new Guinness World’s Record, thanks to car-to-car refueling.
The car-to-car refueling had to be done 5 separate times throughout the course of the 8-hour, 232.5-mile drift.
It’s been four years since BMW’s driving instructor Johan Schwartz drifted an F90-generation M5 sedan 232.5 miles around a skid pad at the BMW Performance Center to set a new record for World’s Longest Car Drift.
Johan Schwartz had in 2013 set the original longest drift record in an F10 M5, before Toyota’s driver Harald Müller sent a GT86 spinning for nearly 90 miles (89.55 miles or 144.126-km) in 2 hours, 25 minutes and 18 seconds in 2014.
To reclaim the title, Schwartz, on December 11th, 2017, drifted the M5 continuously for eight good hours — just imagine holding a drift in a 600 hp super sedan for the length of your typical work day.
Normally, Guinness World Record rules allow drivers to stop and refuel, but BMW rightly performed a car-to-car refueling so that the drift can continue without the need to stop at all.
So to refuel, BMW used a spare M5 carrying an extra fuel cell capable of pumping 18 gallons in 50 seconds and a daring stuntman, who leans out the car’s back window to physically connect a specially-designed hose attachment to the world record attempt car mid-drift.
The car-to-car refueling was done 5 separate times throughout the course of the 8-hour, 232.5-mile drift.