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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.

Ralph Lauren is a boutique designer that started his career by sewing neckties in his small rental located in the Empire State Building. Shortly after, his fashion lines were being sold in stores like Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s. Now, the 78-year-old has a net worth of around $6.2 billion. One of his first and strongest passions in life, aside from designing clothing, is collecting cars. He began collecting shortly after his fashion line took off. He currently owns around 70 vehicles, valued at about $300 million, according to Forbes. It is believed that his car collection is among his most valuable assets, aside from his shares in the company he founded.

Old School Rides

Lauren has a great mixture of older, vintage automobiles and new-age vehicles. Here are some of his best old school rides:

1929 Birkin Blower Bentley

This 4.5-liter classic racecar was driven at the world’s oldest car race in 1930, 1932, and 1933. That car race was The 24 Hours of Le Mans.

1955 Jaguar XKD Long-Nose

One of only ten ever built, this luxury Jaguar is said to be the fastest racecar of the 1950’s. It could reach more than 190 miles per hour.

Bugatti 57SC Atlantic of 1938

This gem is rumored to be Lauren’s most prized possession. It has an aerolithe body and runs on a 3.3-liter, supercharged engine. Remarkably, it is one of only two in existence. Rumor has it, if Lauren were to ever sell this ride, it would be valued at more than $50 million. It won Best in Show at the 1990 Pebble Beach Concours d-Elegance and the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

New School Flavor

Don’t worry millennials, Ralph has plenty of new school flavor to keep you intrigued. Here are a couple of his best new-age vehicles:

2006 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Lauren’s Bugatti Veyron is one of 30 world record holding super sport vehicles in the world. Rumor has it that Lauren owns one of the five specially-produced world record editions, which would mean that he owns one of only two known to exist in the United States.

2010 Lamborghini Murcielago Super Veloce

Although there were supposed to be 350 of these luxury sports cars produced, only 186 were actually built. Lauren’s version is a black-on-black model that resembles something straight out of Batman.

The 2019 Aston Martin Vantage was unveiled just days ago, and its scheduled production for 2018 is almost entirely sold out already. In an interview with Bloomberg, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer accidently disclosed that the luxury car manufacturer shopped the Vantage to a series of private customers, and nearly 80 percent of them purchased the luxury sports car. Palmer also disclosed that customers will receive their cars early next year. The fact that the car is already nearly sold out is great news for Aston Martin, whose sales have risen 65 percent through 2017. Needless to say, the early success of the Vantage should ensure strong number in 2018 as well.

What’s All The Buzz About?

The 2019 Vantage is already selling off the shelf, but what is so special about it? Well for starters, it’s an Aston Martin. But if you’re not into name brand luxury, there is still plenty to love about this vehicle. First of all, it’s fast. Really fast.

The supercar claims to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds. With a 4.0-liter V8 twin turbo engine pumping out 503 horsepower, there will be no argument about those claims here. Aston Martin replaced the old 4.7-liter naturally aspired motor with the Mercedes-AMG-sourced model to increase the car’s power without affecting its luxury performance.

In terms of appearance, the customer will have final say. Aston Martin has acknowledged that the 2019 Vantage trade some of the old car’s elegance for a Vulcan-inspired “predatory” look. Don’t expect to spend anything less than $150,000 on one of these bad boys.

Formula One Driver Daniel Ricciardo

Prior to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Red Bull-sponsored Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo had an opportunity to drive the new Aston Martin Vantage. As a part of a promotional video, Ricciardo was joined by former driver and current broadcaster Martin Brundle in a drive to the Yas Marina circuit. Lucky enough to one of the first people in the world to drive the new sports car, Ricciardo had nothing bad to say about it. He was impressed with the Vantage’s amazing sound.

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the world’s most famous comedians and television actors. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in New York, but his claim to fame is the hit TV series, “Seinfeld.” The show ran from 1989-1998 and is widely considered the greatest sitcom of all-time. Needless to say, Seinfeld has accumulated plenty of wealth throughout his career. With a net worth of around $900 million and an obsession with automobiles, Seinfeld began collecting vintage vehicles. Now, he has one of the most famous celebrity car collections. In fact, he may be the gold standard of car collectors.

Porsche Collection

Seinfeld’s car collection features a series of world-famous luxury brands, but his go-to manufacturer is Porsche. At one point, he owned a record 46 Porsche models; however, he sold 17 of them in 2016 at an auction in Amelia Island. The auctioned vehicles totaled an impressive $23 million. Nevertheless, here are some of his coolest Porsche models.

1955 Porsche 550 RS

Yes, Jerry owns one of the fabled Porsche models that James Dean was driving during his fatal car accident in the 1950’s. There were only 70 manufactured that year, and one was actually raced in the 1954 Mille Miglia race from Brescia to Rome.

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

Considered one of the most legendary Porsche models ever, only 49 of these bad boys were produced. Often referred to as “a race car for the street,” this 911 Carrera was used in Seinfeld’s show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

1986 Porsche 959

The 959 is considered to be the first super car ever produced. A total of 337 were built, but only 200 were actually street legal. In fact, at the time, the 959 was the world’s fastest street-legal production car ever made.

1966 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet

This was the first Porsche production car, and it went through a series of revisions throughout its history. In March 1966, the final 10 that were manufactured were re-designed for the German police force. It just so happens that Seinfeld owns one of those 10 rare models that still displays the “Polizei” logo on the grill.

Other Gems

Of course, Seinfeld didn’t exclusively purchase Porsche vehicles. He has plenty of other gems in his $1.4 million garage. Below are some of my non-Porsche favorites.

1957 Fiat 500

Another early production vehicle to be consider one of the first city cars ever built, the Fiat 500 features blank doors, meaning that the doors are non-existent. Seinfeld has maintained the car’s original design details that were introduced in 1957.

1964 Volkswagen Type 2 Camper

This camper is certainly one of the most unique yet practical automobiles in Jerry’s collection. He purchased the old school van in 2010 and recalled some of his favorite moments with the vintage vehicle in the Gooding & Co catalogue, “When my kids were little we would drive around in this bus every Sunday to get bagels and lox. The little kitchen drives them wild. We got busted by the cops with it for putting up an illegal lemonade stand this past summer in the Hamptons.”

 

The British luxury car company, Aston Martin, announced plans to design and sell a Tom Brady-inspired line of vehicles. Keeping with the theme of a legendary NFL QB, Martin will only sell twelve total cars in the line – the same number that Brady wears on gamedays with the New England Patriots.

Martin Partners With Brady

The car manufacturer and five-time Super Bowl winner are certainly not strangers to one another. Brady currently drives a 2017 Aston Martin DB11, making this partnership a natural fit for both sides. After spending a lot of time brainstorming concepts, both parties are happy with the final product. The sleek vehicles will be available with a price tag of $359,950 each.

The ode to the 40-year-old QB will be made obvious inside the vehicles. Brady’s signature logo of “TB12” will be featured throughout the interior. The logo appears on both the fender of the car as well as the headrests. The luxury maker said Brady’s drive to be the sport’s greatest player served as the inspiration behind the design. Aston Martin hopes to begin distributing the Brady cars at some point in 2018.

Other Brady Endorsements

While Brady has not been the NFL’s most marketable player throughout his career (thanks a lot, Peyton Manning), he has still inked several high-profile sponsorship deals. His pact with Uggs made him a punchline for many fans, but it also made him a lot of money. Brady’s deals with companies like Under Armour, Movado, and Glaceau Smartwater earned him a reported $7 million in 2014. His recent launching of a sports performance website and vegan diet will likely insure income following his NFL career. Brady's new book documenting his off-season training topped Amazon’s charts immediately following its release. In 2016, Brady was seen with a Donald Trump campaign hat in his locker. While initially supporting his friend Trump, Brady quickly backpedaled from making an official endorsement of the soon-to-be president.