2013 BMW M5 sets new drifting record in South Carolina

Article by Anita Panait, on May 16, 2013

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.

New BMW M5 boasts exceptional dynamic potential that is geared towards meeting track demands. However, this high-performance sports car also sets a new benchmark in terms of everyday driving, thanks to its outstanding touring comfort as well as its innovative equipment features. It also sets the pace of its class when it comes to efficiency. The car carries a history of success in its segment, which was founded more than a quarter of a century ago by BMW’s original M5, and this success is expected to continue in contemporary style.

Under the new BMW M5’s bonnet lies a new high-revving V8 engine complete with M TwinPower Turbo, which consists of Twin Scroll Turbo technology, High-Precision petrol direct injection, cross-bank exhaust manifold, and VALVETRONIC variable valve control. This engine generates a maximum of 412 kW/560 horsepower at 6,000 - 7,000 rpm, as well as a peak torque of 680 Nm at 1,500 - 5,750 rpm. The instant power delivery and the sustained thrust that is familiar from BMW M cars are essential to its acceleration of 0 - 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds.

The car’s average fuel consumption according to the EU test cycle is at 9.9 liters per 100 km / 28.5 mpg imp. Meanwhile, CO2 emission level is at 232 g/km. While its output rose around 10% and its maximum torque increased by more than 30%, the new M5 burns more than 30% less fuel compared to its predecessor.

Furthermore, there is a significant improvement in the balance between the car's fuel consumption and the performance-focused M experience. This stems from the outstandingly impressive efficiency of the car’s new V8 engine as well as from its far-reaching Efficient Dynamics technology, which includes the Auto Start-Stop function. This function works hand in hand with the 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic.

For the engine's power development to be channeled into inspiring performance qualities, the new M5 is equipped with M-specific Servotronic steering, chassis technology with electronically controlled dampers, high-performance compound brakes, and stability control system plus M Dynamic Mode. These compound brakes were developed behind racing expertise and have been tuned to the powerplant’s output profile.

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