BMW has clocked a 200+ mile drift in the new M5

Mae Love
January 13, 2018

Danish racing driver Johan Schwartz spends his days pushing cars to their limits, so BMW knew he was the man for the challenge when it came to attempting a Guinness World Records title in its new M5 saloon. To complete this task, the auto went through five phases of refuelling while in mid-drift, which was again facilitated by another drift M5, driven by BMW Performance Center Chief Driving Instructor Matt Mullins, was used as a support vehicle.

This involved a passenger in a support F10 M5 hanging out of the rear window and stuffing a bowser nozzle into a special orifice on the record auto - all at speed while both cars were completely sideways.

The 2013 record was set when Schwartz drifted an unmodified 2013 BMW M5 sedan for 51.278 miles at the site in Greer. However, this title has since been broken twice.

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The new record was made possible with the help of a custom refueling system developed to allow mid-drift refueling, according to a release from BMW. In a press release, BMW compared it to the way fighter jets can refuel mid-flight.

The second vehicle, driven by BMW Performance Center, Matt Mullins, had to carefully match the speed and movements of the first to ensure the refuelling process was completed safely and successfully.

Watched by an excited audience of his friends, family, BMW employees and, of course, an official adjudicator, Johan started the engine and eight hours later smashed the record with an incredible new distance of 374.17 km (232.5 miles) in the sedan. Schwartz and Mullins drifted together side by side for one hour and a total of 79.3 kilometres.

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