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GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR DRIFTING.GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR DRIFTING.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR DRIFTING.

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How the new BMW M5 drifted 374,2 kilometres in eight hours.

Guinness World Record - how the new BMW M5 was able to set two records at the same time.

25 January 2018

Long-distance sedan cars are ten-a-penny. But look for sedans with outstanding driving features and you’re on thinner ground. Sedans that boast the ultimate drift characteristics – wafer-thin. The new BMW M5 goes beyond limits, without losing control. With two new Guinness World Records for drifting, BMW M’s high-performance sedan has once again demonstrated its extraordinary qualities. But this time the record attempt took place under even more extreme conditions.

THE STORY SO FAR.

A NEW DRIFT RECORD? WITH A FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE?

With the arrival of the BMW M5 (F90) with M xDrive all-wheel drive, attempting to beat the 2013 record became a matter of honour. On December 11, 2017 the test track in South Carolina would once again play host to a new attempt to break the drifting world record, with Schwartz returning to pilot the M5, ably supported by his talented crew.

BMW M5 SETS 2 GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.BMW M5 SETS 2 GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.

BMW M5 SETS 2 GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.

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TAILOR-MADE JET REFUELLING SYSTEM.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN A RECORD?WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN A RECORD?

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN A RECORD?

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Although we practiced the refuelling several times before the Guinness World Records title attempt, there was very little margin for error.
Matt Butts

Detroit Speed

DARING DOCKING MANOEUVRES.

DOUBLE GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS FOR DRIFTING.

Thanks to the technical ingenuity and driving skills of both drivers, Schwartz achieved the seemingly-impossible in the new BMW M5. Within the eight hours, he drifted a full 232.5 miles (374.2 kilometres) around the test circuit – despite the fact that the refuelling procedures required nerves of steel. He even kept his composure when the two BMW M cars briefly touched. The drive-by refuelling tank manoeuvres also resulted in another record: the longest twin-vehicle drift on a water-covered track. A total of 49.3 miles (79.3 kilometres) was covered by the new M5 and its predecessor.

After the triumph, Schwartz energetically steered the M5 away from circuit to perform one final movie-like drift on dry asphalt. Perhaps he was in a hurry after eight hours of continuous drifting. After all, there were no food or toilet breaks during the record drive!

BMW M5.BMW M5.

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