Instead of fitting Schwartz' M5 with a great big fuel tank, BMW decided it would be infinitely cooler to have a second M5 drift alongside Schwartz and refuel it on the move.
On December 11, 2017, professional racing driver and precision driving instructor Johan Schwartz took to the BMW Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina, to break not one but two Guinness World Records in the all-new M5.
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. To break the previous record, Schwartz had to do 549 laps of the skid pad but he ended up doing over 2,000 laps. A second Guinness World Records title for the longest twin vehicle drift (water assisted) was also set on the same day.
Watch BMW break a drifting record thanks to car-to-car refueling
BMW has drifted into the record books. Since then, Schwartz's record was broken twice - officially in 2013, then 2014. "In the end, the refueling system worked flawlessly and the M5 performed as expected".
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.
The German auto 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. To complete this task the auto had to be refuelled five times while in mid-drift, for which another M5, driven by BMW Performance Center Chief Driving Instructor Matt Mullins, had to be used as a support vehicle.
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