The all-new 2018 BMW M5 breaks into the Guinness World Records by claiming the longest drift by a vehicle. The drift continued for eight hours within which the car managed to cover the longest distance of 374.1 km (232.5 miles).
The record was achieved by the BMW Performance Driving School instructor, Johan Schwartz at the BMW Performance Centre in South California. The refuelling of the car has to be done five times while mid-drift in order to complete the task with the help of another BMW M5. The other BMW M5 was driven by the BMW Performance Center Chief Driving Instructor Matt Mullins, which was used as a support vehicle. The supporting car has to be drifted along the on-task car for mid-drift refuelling from the extra gasoline tank present in it.
The 2018 BMW M5 is a powerful car, which is driven by a 4.4-litre V8 engine assisted by company’s M Twin Power Turbo technology to churn out a maximum power output of 600 bhp between 5,700 to 6,600 revolutions per minute against a peak torque of 750 Nm.
The sixth generation BMW M5 managed to shatter the previous world record for the longest drift of 165.04 km (102.5 miles), which was set by the Toyota GT86 in June 2017. Johan Schwartz has to cover 549 laps of the skid pad in order to break the previous world record. Further, he managed to complete more than 2,000 laps of the skid pad to set an unmatched world record. Interestingly, it was him only who made the first world record for the same way back in 2013 by claiming 82.56 km (51.3 miles) of drift on the same skidpad while driving the F10 M5.
On course of the world record for the longest drift by a vehicle, the Bavarian carmaker broke into another world record for the longest “Twin-Vehicle Drift”, which was water assisted. The two BMW M5s drifted along for around 79.26 km (49.25 miles) on the course of refuelling. Thus, the new generation BMW M5 made two world records on a single day.