The 2013 BMW M5 sedan has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest sustained drift! The stunt was performed on May 11, 2013 at the BMW Performance Center near Greenville, South Carolina by BMW Performance Center instructor Johan Schwartz. The BMW M5 broke the previous record set in February 2013 in Abu Dhabi by 47.71 miles.
Schwartz completed a total of 322.5 laps around the Performance Center skid pad for a total distance of 51.278 miles. The record-setting 2013 BMW M5 Sedan was an unmodified car from the BMW Performance Center school fleet. Equipped with a M-DCT transmission, the M5 started the drift record attempt with a fresh set of Continental ContiSport ultra-high performance tires (sizes 255/30/20 front, 295/30/20 rear).
The drift record attempt served as kick-off to a week of events that lead up to the BMW Charity Pro-Am. The record attempt generated more than $20,000 in charitable donations that will go to the BMW Charity Pro-Am, benefitting over 150 different charities.
Those who watched the record attempt experienced free drives in new BMW vehicles including the M6 Coupe. Many of them even received a “hot lap” ride from one the BMW Performance Center Instructors. Test drives of the game-changing BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle on the off-road course were also available.