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BMW vehicles have a reputation for efficiency. In fact, people rave all the time about German efficiency, so BMW wanted to prove everyone right by breaking a couple records. The BMW M5 is known for its drifting ability, so the German car manufacturer set out to break its own Guinness World Record for Greatest Distance Vehicle Drift in 8 Hours, and just to rub it in, they tacked on another world record in the process.  

Previous World Record

The previous world record for greatest sustained vehicle drift was set by BMW performance driving instructor Johan Schwartz in 2013, when he slid around the company’s Spartanburg, South Carolina facility for an astounding 51.278 miles. Many experts believed that the record would never be broken. Little did they know, BMW has its sights set on something much bigger.

Greatest Distance Vehicle Drift In 8 Hours

On December 11, 2017, Schwartz took to the Spartanburg track yet again, trying to break his previous record. Well, he didn’t just break the record… he shattered it by more than four times the amount he traveled the first time around. The new official Guinness World Record for Greatest Distance Vehicle Drift in 8 Hours is a whopping 232.5 miles.

Refueling Process

Of course, to accomplish something like this, there are a lot of factors to consider. Will the tires last long enough? Can the vehicle maintain the necessary speed throughout? Most importantly, how will they keep the car properly fueled for the duration of the performance? To answer that question, BMW partnered with Detroit Speed, a North Carolina-based automotive performance engineering company. Remarkably, in order to keep the M5 properly fueled, a second M5 was needed to drift parallel to Schwartz, so that Matt Butts of Detroit Speed could straddle in between both cars and refuel the record-breaking vehicle.

Longest Water-Assisted Tandem Drift

Once the hard part was done, Schwartz and company decided to try and break another drift record. Since two M5’s needed to drift simultaneously in order to refuel the car, it only made sense to attempt to break the longest tandem drift in history. Schwartz was joined by a second BMW M5, driven by fellow BMW Performance Driving Instructor Matt Mullins, to complete a one-hour, water-assisted tandem drift to the tune of 49.25 miles. Yes, that was good enough for another Guinness World Record.