Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Watch BMW break a drifting record thanks to car-to-car refueling

Watch BMW break a drifting record thanks to car-to-car refueling

It's worth mentioning the road surface was damp to facilitate the lengthy drift, but nevertheless it's an impressive accomplishment considering the driver had to go sideways for eight hours without any interruptions.

If you want to have a crack at the hotly-contest "Longest Drift" Guinness World Record, you'll have a bit of a dilemma regarding fuel. His record has since been broken twice, by different drivers in different cars.

BMW USA posted a video Sunday that highlights the daring lengths that the German automaker will go to in the hopes of setting the Guinness World Record for the longest-length drift in eight hours on January 9. So both BMW and Schwartz wanted to regain the title for the world's longest sustained vehicle drive.

BMW simply shattered the old records established by the Toyota GT86: 89.55 miles (144.12 km) in July 2014 and 102.5 miles (165.04 km) in June 2017.

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Watch BMW break a drifting record thanks to car-to-car refueling

But the two records weren't the most thrilling part of the attempt. Mullins has to drift his vehicle along with Schwartz so that the latter's auto can be refuelled mid-drift, from the extra gasoline tank mounted in the car's trunk.

The never-before-tested refuelling method could have gone terribly wrong, but aside from the cars bumping each other once - and Schwartz complaining of a sore neck and his feet falling asleep - the record attempt went pretty smoothly. As the video (above) shows, the support M5 featured a custom refuelling system that allowed an engineer to fill the new M5's tank on the move. As we detailed on Monday, BMW made a decision to up the ante a little. "In the end, the refueling system worked flawlessly and the M5 performed as expected". This had to be done five separate times throughout the course of the eight-hour, 232.5-mile drift.

You see, BMW, via its North American arm, claimed the record back in 2013 with the previous-gen BMW M5.

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