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BMW M5 sets record for world’s longest drift… and was refuelled five times

A BMW M5 has set a new world record for the longest continuous drift, taking eight hours and covering 372 kilometres.

BMW HAS ACHIEVED a new world record for the longest continuous drift, which saw race driver, Johan Schwartz drift a new M5 around a wet track for eight hours and 372 kilometres. What makes the record even more ridiculous is that the vehicle needed to be refuelled five times during the attempt which meant another M5 had to be drifted around with it; like a mid-air refuelling exercise.

Schwartz said: “We knew that if we were going to recapture the world record for the longest sustained drift and set the bar as high as possible, we would need to find a way to keep the M5 going without stopping to refuel. In the end, the refueling system worked flawlessly and the M5 performed as expected.  It was a big win all around.” 

The previous world record, set in a Toyota GT86 was 142km, which broke BMW’s 2013 record of 81km, also set in an M5. The record attempt also set a record for the longest tandem drift (during the refuelling process) with the vehicles notching up 78.8km.


Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.