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.