Driving continuously for a hundred miles may seem relatively easy for some. However, doing so might prove to be a challenge to quite a number of drivers. But when it comes to drifting, doing so continuously for even a mile could be tough. But this doesn’t worry Jesse Adams and his Toyota GT86, as this duo just recently managed to do an almost improbable drift.
Being a South African motoring journalist scribing for The Star Motoring, Adams is familiar with the capabilities of the Toyota GT86. He could be familiar with the fact that the current record for the longest drift in the world belongs to a Toyota GT86 as piloted by German driver Harald Muller. This record was set in 2014, when Muller managed to continuously drift his GT86 for 89.55 miles (144 km) in Samsun, Turkey. This record attempt was achieved in two hours, 25 minutes and 18 seconds and was certified as a Guinness world record for the longest drift.
Adams knew that to set a new record, he has to continuously drift without stopping at any time. His record attempt was indulged by Toyota South Africa, which was intrigued enough with Adams’ ambition and decided to provide him with a recently refreshed Toyota GT86. The latest installation of the Toyota GT86 isn’t less able than its very first iteration, especially when it comes to drifting. This was proven when Adams and his GT86 didn’t just beat the current official record by a mile. In fact, Adams was able to drift his Toyota GT86 continuously for 102.5 miles (165 km). Guinness has yet to certify this record-breaking attempt as a new world record, but this feat is surely amazing.
Adams achieved this new world record for the longest drift at the semi-wet ski pad of the Gerotek Testing Facility, which is west of Pretoria, South Africa on June 12, 2017. According to Toyota, the wheels of the GT86 shouldn’t stop spinning at any time during the run. While Adams could change the direction of the GT86, he could only do so as long as the driven wheels remain in motion. Once the driven wheels had stopped, the attempt run would be considered null and void.
At around 9:07 a.m. Central Africa Time (CAT), Adams commenced the attempt, with timekeepers and official witnesses keeping track of vital elements like lap time and counts as well as the spins and their changing directions. To ensure that the drift attempt was valid, several notable drift personalities served in the official panel.
When Adams heard the hoot signal on his 800th lap, he already knew he broke Muller’s record. But still he continued for 200 more laps. After 1,000 laps and five hours and 46 minutes since the start of the run, Adams and his GT86 drifted for 168.502 km, with an average speed per lap of 29 km/h. However, 48 laps were disallowed, which means the official completed laps were 952, bringing the distance down to 165.04 km (102.5 miles). Still, it was a considerable feat, considering that it broke the previous record by more than 12 miles or more than 20 km.
Results of the run were obtained and verified through analysis of two independent GPS-based VBOX data-loggers. This digital data was supplemented with analog record of all laps, as compiled by the timekeepers and official witnesses. With data already sent to Guinness World Records, all Adams has to wait for is official verification that he and his GT86 hold the longest drift record in the world.