2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO sets Guinness World Records title for fastest drift [w/video]

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 12, 2016

The fastest drift, as Guinness World Records, has recently been set by a specially tuned 2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO. This new record was set by Japanese drift champion and the D1 Grand Prix series winner Masato Kawabata, drifting at a max speed of 304.96 km/hr at Fujairah International Airport in the UAE.

Kawabata broke the previous record set by Jakub Przygoński of Poland. It should be noted that the specially tuned 2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO used for the record attempt was configured by GReddy Trust, with extensive testing done at the Fuji Speedway facility in Japan.

Moreover, Kawabata was personally involved in the test. GReddy Trust prepped the car for optimal agility and stability as well as superior handling. Nissan particularly chose the Fujairah International Airport for the attempt since its 3km airstrip was long enough to host the event.

Right from the start, Nissan intended to have the drift performance at over 300km/h, choosing Kawabata from a group of highly specialized drift drivers. Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East, remarked that Nissan’s new Guinness World Records has allowed it to make international history in the UAE.

He described the 2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO as one of the most iconic supercars in the world, having proven and still proving its capabilities, such as becoming the fastest drift car. He remarked that the fact that the record was set in the UAE makes it more special for the Middle East Region.

He added that by setting the record, Nissan managed to take its ‘Innovation That Excites’ commitment to the next level. Cherfan thanked the personnel and management of the Fujairah International Airport for the invaluable support, adding that the airport was suitable for the world record attempt. He revealed that Nissan was permitted to set up a workshop in one of the airport’s hangars, and had five days to prepare everything like the drifting vehicle, spare parts, tires and all the other equipment.

Mohammed Al Salami, Chairman of Fujairah International Airport remarked that the airport was happy to host the world record attempt, which has allowed the UAE to achieve another Guinness World Records title. He noted that the UAE has been helping individuals and companies make history, adding that the airport’s employees assisted in this record attempt while at the same time maintained the needed security.

On the other hand, Mohammed Al Falasai of The Prodrift Academy UAE remarked that the school is proud to be part of the Guinness World Records for the fastest drift. He quipped that thanks to the hard work and dedication from all parties, they were able to set a new record. He added that through their training programs, the Prodrift Academy and Nissan have become the vanguard of drifting in the Middle East.

Technicians from GReddy Trust technicians prepared the specially tuned 2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO during the three days leading up to the attempt. The car was only given three attempts to break the record. Providing further Support were technicians and logistics personnel from the Prodrift Academy. Recaro provided for the driver’s seat while RAYS supplied special, lightweight alloy wheels. Toyo Tires provided the drift tires.

Press Release

Apr. 7, 2016 Nissan GT-R Breaks the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Fastest Drift

Nissan has set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the fastest ever drift. The record was broken with a speed of 304.96 km/hr and 30 degrees angle using a specially-tuned MY16 Nissan GT-R. Masato Kawabata, the Japanese drift champion and title holder for the Japanese drifting series, clinched the top spot from former record holder Jakub Przygoński of Poland. The record was set during a special event that took place at Fujairah International Airport, UAE.

The record-breaking Nissan GT-R was developed with the support and coordination of Nismo specialists. It was tuned to 1380 HP in order to set the record, and adapted so all the power went to the rear wheels. The GT-R was prepared by GReddy Trust and tested extensively at Japan’s Fuji Speedway facility with Kawabata at the wheel. The car was set up for agility while maintaining stability and confidence-inspiring handling characteristics - essential when performing such challenging feats.

"Once again, Nissan has broken a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title and has made international history for the fifth time in the Middle East," said Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East. "The Nissan GT-R is one of the world’s most iconic supercars, proving time and again the incredible breadth of its capabilities, and has clearly demonstrated its performance leadership by beating the best drift cars out there. The fact that this achievement was set here in the UAE makes it even more special for our region. Setting this incredibly difficult world record was a clear demonstration of the excitement we are bringing to the Middle East with the Nismo brand."

Fujairah International Airport was strategically chosen for its 3km long airstrip which was deemed to be sufficiently long enough for the challenge. From the outset, Nissan wanted to perform the drift at a speed of more than 300km/h and Kawabata, who leads in the Japanese drifting series for Team Tokyo, was chosen from a group of highly specialized competition drivers.

"We were very happy to be able to host such an exciting event," said His Excellency Mohammed Al Salami, Chairman of Fujairah International Airport, "Once again, the UAE has achieved another GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. This great country is always accommodating when it comes to helping individuals and companies make history, and the staff at Fujairah International Airport were able to assist this record attempt while maintaining the airtight security required at facilities such as ours."

Cherfan also thanked the airport personnel and its management for their support, saying, "Fujairah International Airport was a perfect fit for this world record attempt and the enormous levels of support we received from every level was invaluable. We had to set up a workshop in one of the airport’s hangars and had just five days to get everything ready
including the specially tuned MY16 Nissan GT-R, spare parts, tyres and all the other equipment which required stringent security checks and processes. Without the dedication and tireless assistance of everyone at Fujairah International Airport we could not have achieved this, and I wish to express my sincere thanks to everyone involved."

Mohammed Al Falasai from The Prodrift Academy UAE commented: "The Prodrift Academy UAE, in partnership with Nissan Middle East, is proud to be part of the Guinness World Records for the fastest drift. Hard work and dedication from all parties involved have enabled us to achieve our goal of setting this new record. Through our dedicated training programs, the Prodrift Academy and Nissan will continue to be at the forefront of drifting in the Middle East."

GReddy Trust’s technicians worked on the specially tuned MY16 Nissan GT-R setup on site in the three days leading up to the event and had only three attempts to break the record as per strict guidelines set by Guinness World Records. Support was also provided by technicians and logistics personnel from the Prodrift Academy, Recaro for the driver’s seat, RAYS for the supply of special, lightweight alloy wheels and Toyo Tires for the drift tyres that were specially designed for this stunt.

 

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