BMW M5 breaks the world record for the longest drift

BMW has beaten the record for the longest continuous wet stems taken in eight hours, setting a distance of 232.5 miles.

BMW racing driver Johan Schwartz has taken the wheel of the new M5 to complete the marathon stunt, with Matt Mullins, a professional BMW precision driver, taking control of the supply car, which was a F10 M5.

The new M5 has been refueled five times during the stunt, and an average speed of 29mph.

The previous record set by German driver Harald Müller in a Toyota GT86, it was less than half of BMW’s effort 89.55 miles. The record was set in the month of July 2014. BMW has a history of drift the record, however, having set a long drift record of 51.278 miles, and in 2013, the previous-generation M5. Autocar staff member Mauro Calo has previously beaten the record in 2011 with a dry 1.43-mile drift at Mercedes-AMG C63.

The attempt broke another record, as the two cars drifting in tandem to 49.25 miles over an hour. This is the longest twin-vehicle drift recorded by the Guinness book of world records. Custom supply system was installed on both machines, to ensure the security and continuity of supply of fuel, while the record attempt was in progress.

Schwartz said: “we knew that if we were going to regain the world record for the longest sustained drift, and set the bar as high as possible, you would need to find a way to keep the M5 to go without stopping to refuel. In the end, the supply system worked perfectly and the M5 performed as expected. It was a great victory of all.”

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