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The Red Bull Driftbrothers test the BMW i5 M60 xDrive.

Red Bull Driftbrothers Eli and Joe test the new BMW i5 M60 xDrive on icy terrain in Arjeplog, Sweden.

28 April 2023

Eli and Joe Hountondji are known for their maximum performance, spectacular driving manoeuvres and adrenaline-pumping drifts. They are also known as the Red Bull Driftbrothers and have been among the top drivers in the action-packed world of motorsport for years, where hot tires and winding asphalt are particularly important. But, for this special mission, BMW M invited the two brothers to change terrain for once. They swapped a mild winter for minus 20 degrees Celsius, a racetrack for snow and ice, and the classic rear-wheel drive for the electric BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system in the new BMW i5 M60 xDrive. Got some burning questions? After this ride, so did we, and there were even a few left unanswered.  

Joe HountondjiJoe Hountondji
This car is equipped with some refinements in terms of driving dynamics that we would not have expected for a vehicle in this class.
Joe Hountondji, Red Bull Driftbrothers


Eli HountondjiEli Hountondji

"Left-foot braking means, as the name suggests, that you brake with your left foot instead of your right. This means that the right foot can remain on the accelerator pedal and operate it partly parallel to braking. It allows, among other things, the dynamic weight distribution of the vehicle to be influenced and to oversteer in a controlled manner – perfect for loose surfaces like the ones we found in Arjeplog. In many vehicles, stepping on the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time reduces engine power or even takes it away completely. But the BMW i5 M60 xDrive allows this, just like all other M GmbH cars."

Eli HountondjiEli Hountondji
The BMW i5 M60 xDrive contains an impressively wide range of features.
Eli Hountondji
Drifting in an electric car? Why not? The sport consists of many elements, driving skills, style, emotions - internal combustion engines are certainly only one part of the whole picture.
Joe Hountondji
WE ARE M – The Red Bull Driftbrothers test the new BMW i5 M60.WE ARE M – The Red Bull Driftbrothers test the new BMW i5 M60.

WE ARE M – The Red Bull Driftbrothers test the new BMW i5 M60.


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