Captured: BMW Sets World Record for Drifting
On December 11th, 2017 BMW drivers and Johan Schwartz and Matt Mullins teamed up to set The Guinness World Records™ title for Longest Vehicle Drift. The target: 8 hours of continuous drifting. As you can imagine, 8 hours of throttle-controlled tire spin requires a tad more fuel than a stock gas tank's capacity. The obvious answer, of course, would be to replace the stock tank with a far larger custom-sized tank, but where would the fun be in that? Mullins, the chief instructor at BMW's Performance Center and go-to stunt driver for commercials, had that exact question, and he answered it by posing another: what if you could refuel mid-drift, car to car, like they do with military aircraft?
BMW–being perveyors of ultimate driving that they are–agreed and said, "let's make it happen in the all-new M5."
With the ingenuity of Detroit Speed handling the refueling mechanics and BMW's M5 handling the performance, it was up to Schwartz and Mullins for the talent and choreography. So, after plenty of planning and development, Schwartz and Mullins took to the track, with GoPro HERO6 and Fusion there to capture the feat.
Click play above, and ride along with BMW Performance Center's legendary instructors Johan Schwartz and Matt Mullins, along with Detroit Speed's Matt Butts in the all-new BMW M5 with M xDrive as they team up to shatter world records.