The drift in question was a grand total of 51.278 mi and was completed by doing 322.5 laps around the 841-foot skid pad at the BMW Performance Center near Greenville, South Carolina. The white M5 that set the new world record was piloted by Johan Schwartz, an instructor at the Performance Center. The previous world record had been set in Abu Dhabi last February at a distance of 47.71 miles.
In case you’re wondering if any special modifications were made to the M5 in question, the answer is no. The white sedan was completely stock; although, it did wear a fresh set of Continental ContiSport ultra-high performance tires. Under the hood of every M5 is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine good for 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. The record-setting car was equipped with BMW’s M-DCT seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. All M-DCT-equipped M5s can make the dash from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds and onto a 155 mph top speed, not that it mattered much here.
The record-breaking drift was also used as a charity event – over $20,000 in donations will benefit The BMW Charity Pro-Am, a golf tournament held in South Carolina which helps to benefit more than 150 different charities.
Since seeing is believing, make sure to check out the video footage belong from the record-breaking drift below.