The Guinness World Record for the longest vehicle drift is something BMW had to take back from Toyota. The Bavarians first set this record in 2013, when BMW Performance Driving School instructor Johan Schwartz drifted an M5 for 51 miles after covering 322 and a half laps at their local track in South Carolina. Toyota shattered that number twice with GT86s, which has stood at 102.5-miles–completed in five hours and 46 minutes–since last June.
But BMW has a new M5 to sell, and to demonstrate how well its RWD-only mode, Johan Schwartz got to work again, strapping himself into the 600 horsepower sedan for a full eight hours of sliding action. No stops, no brakes, just pure drifting around the wet circuit.
Since BMW decided that fuel stops are for the weak and modifying the car with a larger fuel tank would be boring too, the task called for some tandem drifting. The team threw out a previous-generation M5’s rear seats, making room for the auxiliary fuel tank and the high-pressure pump capable of transferring up to 18 gallons of fuel between the cars in approximately 50 seconds.
While this stunt may not be as wild as in the desert, it involved just as much precision driving from the team, who will no doubt claim the world record once again. Video evidence of that will drop tomorrow, but in the meantime, here's proof how open sunroofs can improve safety: