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

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

BMW driving instructor Johan Schwartz recently hopped into a 2018 BMW M5, took it to the company's performance centre in Greer, South Carolina, and drifted it for eight hours right into the Guinness Book of Records. Interestingly, in addition to completing the longest vehicle drift, the Bavarian carmaker broke another world record for the world's longest "Twin-Vehicle Drift" (water-assisted), with two BMW M5s drifting 79.26 km (49.25 miles) over the course of an hour. 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.

BMW USA released a couple of videos showing the record-setting run, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into the risks mid-drift refuelling brings. Thus, BMW bagged two Guinness World Record titles in one single day, with new F90-generation BMW M5.

You'd probably want to stop for a break after driving eight hours on the highway, never mind while going in circles in a constant tire-squealing skid, but that wasn't an option for Schwartz, so the German automaker rigged up a way to refuel the M5 mid-drift with another vehicle.

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Although the refueling system was built with the most technologically advanced components on the market, a human touch was needed to make and hold the refuel connection. "We're excited to have played a part in Johan and BMW recapturing this record".

The German vehicle giant has smashed the Guinness World Record for the world's longest continuous drift over eight hours - with the help of a very risky manoeuvre.