BMW just can't stand the thought of the world record for the longest drift winding up in the hands of someone else. The German automaker is set to take a crack at setting a new record by blowing the old one straight out of the water. A driver in China holds the current title after kicking a car sideways for a full 3.6 miles. Now, on May 11, BMW Performance Driving Instructor Johan Schwartz will attempt to pitch a BMW M5 sideways for some 40 miles as part of a stunt to raise funds for the BMW Pro-Am Charity.

We've had the distinct pleasure of riding with the instructors at the BMW facility in South Carolina, and we can tell you that if anyone can keep an M5 at full tilt for 40 miles, it's these guys. BMW has released a teaser video to drum up attention for the stunt. You can catch it below.


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      Stang70Fastback
      • 1 Year Ago
      In other news, I took an M5 for a test drive, and when I got back, a representative from Guinness World Records was there with a piece of paper for me to sign. Turns out someone saw me pulling out of the parking lot and called Guinness to report the world's greatest number of uses of a turn signal in a BMW.
      goa
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was wondering how they would keep the tires from blowing - the course is wet. Does that still qualify?
        Cory Stansbury
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goa
        I was wondering the same thing. I have an idea to fix it. My friend's 1982 BMW 633 had Uniroyal Tiger Pawz. We called them the "PAWZALLS" (say in a maniacal way like SAWZALL for proper effect). Those tires would not leave a mark on a road, nor would they smoke. They were, from what we could tell, harder than diamond. I am fairly certain those tires still exist out in a field behind his dad's house and could spin for 40 miles straight without any measurable wear.
          Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cory Stansbury
          Doesn't sound like the most comfortable pair of tires lol
      k.naz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would've chosen the M6, but ok, the M5 also goes.
      Sean Flanagan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Guinness needs to define this record better, because there's one that hasn't been broken since 2001 for "Longest Horizontal Power Slide" done on a wet skidpad. It's over 2 hours without a set distance; he ran out of fuel. Just because terminology has changed doesn't disqualify that record.
      David Stambaugh
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would just be happy to have them demonstrate to other BMW drivers that the turn signals are functional and that that model of car can be parked within the confines of just a single parking space. Because so far I\'ve not seen anybody who owns one of those things in our area capable of understanding the concepts.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Rochester
        • 1 Year Ago
        Haha, well said. So here's a good question that BMW may have neglected to ask themselves: are the people impressed by this able to afford an M5?
          AXEL
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rochester
          M5 may simply be the best platform to perform the stunt with. It has plenty of power and a long wheelbase.
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      ryanm
      • 1 Year Ago
      A wet circular track does not count as drifting!!!!!! worlds longest donut maybe
      9RRs
      • 1 Year Ago
      I ment without wet pavement lol
      Sorten Borten
      • 1 Year Ago
      A German car company wants to make sure the US has the drifting record?
      9RRs
      • 1 Year Ago
      HAH lets see you do it with wet pavement.. Fail
      DEDE
      • 1 Year Ago
      will the tires last 40 miles?
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