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BMW Refuels Car Mid-Drift #LikeABoss In Insane, Record-Breaking Stunt Campaign
By Yoon Sann Wong, 10 Jan 2018
Talk about burning some rubber. Back in 2013, BMW and Johan Schwartz—professional racer and precision driving instructor for BMW—set the world record for the longest vehicle drift at 51.278 miles that took over an hour and 40 minutes.
Thereafter, the record was shattered twice by different drivers—a challenge that led BMW and Schwartz to reclaim the feat with a new twist: mid-drift car-to-car refueling.
“When I saw that my old record got beaten that was cool. I thought that was excellent because that just gave me another opportunity to go out and do it again,” explains Schwartz inside the behind-the-scenes footage below.
Unlike the previous records where the vehicles were allowed to stop and refuel via tanks, the team felt that this was, well, “kinda boring.”
“Who wants to watch that, right?” chuckled Matt Mullins, chief instructor at BMW Performance Center and ‘M5’ refuel drift driver.
Getting inspiration from military aircraft refueling, the team decided to use the BMW ‘M5’ to resupply the drift car. The customized setup enabled a transfer comprising 15 to 18 gallons of gas in 50 seconds.
Together, driver Schwartz, refuel driver Mullins, and refueler Matt Butts shattered the previous world record for the ‘Longest Vehicle Drift in 8 Hours’, which stood at 89.55 miles, to a new record of 232.5 miles. The entire feat included five successful fuel exchanges.
Watch the stunt and its behind-the-scenes footage below.
[via HYPEBEAST, videos via BMW USA, image via video screenshot]
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