Mauro Calo drifting the C63 AMG at Mercedes-Benz World – Click above for high-res image gallery

Who would you think would hold the record for the world's longest drift? Tanner Foust in a Scion? Sam Hubinette in a Dodge? Ken Block in a Subaru or a Ford? Maybe Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in a Mustang? If you guessed the latter, you would be right. Or at least you would have been up until last week.

Over the weekend at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands in the UK, one Mauro Calo set a new record by drifting a C63 AMG for a continuous 2,308 meters (7,572 feet) – that's nearly a mile and a half of uninterrupted sideways driving, or a solid 394 meters (1,292 ft) longer than the unofficial record Gittin set down in December of 2008 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

What makes the feat – achieved in a showroom-stock production vehicle on dry tarmac – even more impressive is that it was achieved not on a fat band of pavement, but on the narrow strip around M-B World's handling circuit, beating the previous record by more than the length of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in the process. Follow the jump for to watch a video of the feat and the press release, and don't forget to check out the images in our high-resolution gallery.



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MAURO CALO BREAKS THE WORLD RECORD FOR THE LONGEST CAR DRIFT

Today, 19 June, Mauro Calo proved his driving flair by breaking the world record for the longest car drift at Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey. Mauro smashed the existing World Record by 394 metres achieving a total distance of 2308 metres to add his name to the record books and the title to his established driving career.

To achieve the record breaking distance, Mauro chose part of the Handling Circuit at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge Surrey. The circuit provided a complete 360 degree circle of tarmac which saw him complete almost 8 laps.

Mauro is no stranger to Mercedes-Benz World as his career as a professional driver includes working at the venue providing driving experiences to guests and also entertaining crowds with precision driving skills in the dynamic Silver Arrows Display.

Andrew Mallery, Commercial Operations Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars commented: "When Mauro approached us to hold his record breaking attempt on the circuit at Mercedes-Benz World we were happy to offer him the support. He has been a valuable member of the driving experience team for several years and is a respected driver in the industry, so there was no doubt he would achieve his aim".

For further information on events and activities at Mercedes-Benz World contact Simon Bench – simon.bench@daimler.com 01908 245611.


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      Zack TST
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love it, but Gittin's record was was still high and it was on a normal course. This was basically a skid pad with a lawn in the middle. Sick, but not as difficult as linking turns for a similar distance.
      narcszm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wicked hooning. I can smell the tires from here.
      nrlll9
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is just limited by how long tires last
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nrlll9
        Not really. In drifting, you don't really use much throttle unless you want to keep the car sideways. You might notice in the video that he's not really applying much throttle. Meaning the tires aren't really taking as much damage as they would if he were just doing donuts or a straight burnout.
      Tone
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Go for it, go!" lmao...
        EB110Americana
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tone
        Ironically, I was yelling at my computer screen to the British gal, "He can't hear you! Even if you yell when he gets closer to you on the track, he can't hear you!"
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry if I really don't care about this particular automotive accomplishment.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        And why isn't an autosport? It's a sport involving automobiles. Figure skating is a sport also. I could understand if you were to be mad about someone calling it "racing", but it's still a motorsport. Motorsport isn't just racing.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        Then why comment or even read the article? We will now refer to you as Debbie Downer.
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      mercedes - the car for the pompous
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      I got drifting when it was up on the mountain roads outside Tokyo: Back then it was about getting up and down those narrow twisting roads as quickly as possible - It was thrilling to sit up there watching the guys nose-to-tail in their RX7's, AE86's & Skylines on narrow roads with a solid rock wall on one side and a cliff on the other... ...but hooning around in a stadium or flat parking lot? It's about as pointless as NASCAR and F1.
      Nick Biancalana
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really? What about Simon De Banke that did over 2 hours sideways in a WRX in 2002? http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=9376
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Biancalana
        Just because he did it in 2 hours doesn't mean he actually went the distance that Mauro did. It's not about time, it's about distance.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shouldn't they have done this with the new C63 Coupe to market the entry to the compact coupe sector? Still the sedan probably has a better chassis for drifting. Going sideways is a very peaceful experience from inside the cabinet.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
        It wasn't an advert for Mercedes-Benz. It's just a drifter using one of Mercedes-Benz World's training vehicles. By the way, both the sedan and coupe use the same chassis. So saying that the sedan's chassis is better is pointless.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Gerald
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a glorious noise that car makes.
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