The M5 had to be refuelled five times across the 232.5-mile feat, which was achieved with the help of another M5 drifting in tandem with a fuel rig

BMW has smashed the record for the longest continuous wet drift undertaken in eight hours, setting a distance of 232.5 miles. 

BMW racing driver Johan Schwartz took to the wheel of the new M5 to complete the marathon stunt, with Matt Mullins, another professional BMW precision driver, taking control of the refuel car, which was an F10 M5

The new M5 was refuelled five times during the stunt, and averaged a speed of 29mph. 

The previous record, set by German driver Harald Müller in a Toyota GT86, was less than half of BMW’s effort at 89.55 miles. The record was set in July 2014. BMW has a history of drift records, however, having set a longest drift record of 51.278 miles in 2013, in the previous-generation M5. Autocar staffer Mauro Calo previously broke the record in 2011 with a dry 1.43-mile drift in a Mercedes-AMG C63

The attempt broke another record as the two cars drifted in tandem for 49.25 miles over one hour. This is the longest twin-vehicle drift recorded by Guinness. A custom refuelling system was installed on both cars to ensure the safety and smoothness of refuelling while the record attempt was underway. 

Schwartz said: “We knew that if we were going to recapture the world record for the longest sustained drift and set the bar as high as possible, we would need to find a way to keep the M5 going without stopping to refuel. In the end, the refueling system worked flawlessly and the M5 performed as expected.  It was a big win all around.” 

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9 January 2018

this is a good thing?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

9 January 2018
xxxx wrote:

this is a good thing?

Dont be a bore.

No manual - no fun

289

9 January 2018

Unbelievably childish and moronic!

Target audience for this?

9 January 2018

I thought they meant freewheeling to a stop after the BMW engine does what BMW engines do: Break.

 

When I had my BMW before it broke down with so many engine design problems it wasn't worth fixing (even though they'd cover those faults if it was in the USA), I did practice drifting on snow in an empty car park.   I did it to learn how better to handle the car if slid accidentally.   It's good fun, but running for miles and miles sideways?   Pass...

9 January 2018

Come Europe, let’s show those Yanks a thing or two....!

Peter Cavellini.

9 January 2018

Would Autocar be kind enough to ask BMW to offset the pollution caused by this act please?

9 January 2018
pigpog wrote:

Would Autocar be kind enough to ask BMW to offset the pollution caused by this act please?

...why are you on this page at all?

No manual - no fun

10 January 2018
NoPasaran wrote:

pigpog wrote:

Would Autocar be kind enough to ask BMW to offset the pollution caused by this act please?

...why are you on this page at all?

You going to have a busy day or so replying to every post that highlights the futility of this BMW folly

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

9 January 2018

Somewhat stunned they used an open face helmet and nothing covering the refuellers eyes. Petrol spraying into them would not be the publicity desired. Doesn't appear to be much of a drift going on at 1:53 either, but enough of the grumpiness, a clever bit of publicity for BMW.  

jer

9 January 2018

Would of thought their typical new buyer would be similarly non plussed.

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