Words by Gracey Maquiniana | Photos courtesy of BMW of North America, LLC
The last time an American held the Guinness World Record for the longest sustained drift was way back in 2008. 2010 Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. set a drift record of 1,915.7 meters in a stock Ford Mustang, which at the time, was thought to be hard to beat. But we guessed wrong as his record didn't stand for long.
In the past five years, at least three other drivers from England, China, and Abu Dhabi bested his feat, where the last reached a mind-boggling 11,180 meters. But no matter how hard they try, there was always one limiting factor: tires. These guys could drift all the way to the moon and back if only the tires lasted that long. So the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina found a loophole in the rules to steal the title back for the USA.