1361bhp Nissan GT-R breaks the Guinness world record for the fastest drift ever recorded at 189.5mph

A Nissan GT-R has broken the Guinness world record for the fastest drift ever recorded, with a 30deg drift at a speed of 189.5mph.

Professional drifter Masato Kawabata drove the GT-R, which was specially tuned to develop 1361bhp and deliver it all to the rear wheels, at Fujairah International Airport, in the United Arab Emirates.

Kawabata broke the previous record by more than 53mph, and even exceeded Nissan's own 186mph target. 

The location was chosen for its 3km runway, while Kawabata was selected because he is the current title holder of the Japanese drift series and a leading drift racer in Team Tokyo. The car was specially prepared before the record-breaking run by tuners GReddy, in collaboration with engineers from Nissan's in-house tuners Nismo

Previously, the record for the fastest drift was set by Jakub Przygoński in a 1068bhp modified Toyota GT86. The Polish rally driver achieved an average of 136mph in September 2013. 

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The record-breaking car GT-R is based upon the pre-facelift model, albeit heavily modified, despite the new Nissan GT-R having been revealed at the New York motor show in March. 

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8 April 2016
An impressive achievement promoted with a p**s poor video.

8 April 2016
Very unfortunate that the video is one of those diabolically shite corporate promotional films, like the terrible video of the Jaguar F-Type in a tunnel, that appeared on this site recently.

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8 April 2016
Bob Cholmondeley wrote:

Very unfortunate that the video is one of those diabolically shite corporate promotional films, like the terrible video of the Jaguar F-Type in a tunnel, that appeared on this site recently.

Actually, I think the Jag video was another site but, that doesn't make it any better though.

Citroëniste.

8 April 2016
I think I'd be more interested if it was a non modified production car. That would show some skill from the driver rather* than someone strapping themselves in to an overblown engine on wheels.

* I appreciate that at 189mph you must have a hell of a lot skill / balls anyway.

 

 

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10 April 2016
TegTypeR wrote:

I think I'd be more interested if it was a non modified production car. That would show some skill from the driver rather* than someone strapping themselves in to an overblown engine on wheels.

* I appreciate that at 189mph you must have a hell of a lot skill / balls anyway.

You answered your own question. The fact that the car is non standard has absolutely nothing do with how much skill would be required to make a car drift at 189mph. It has to be an overblown engine on wheels as a) to get to 189mph is in it's self quite a feet and b) to be doing that speed whilst still spinning the rear wheels fast enough to allow the car to drift is even more so. How many standard production cars do think there are that would be able to drift at 189mph?

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