Nissan has been crowned the new Guinness World Record holder 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. Driving the vehicle to victory was Masato Kawabata, the Japanese drift champion and title holder for the Japanese drifting series.The record was set during a special event that took place at Fujairah Airport, UAE.
The record-breaking Nissan GT-R was developed with the support and coordination of Nismo specialists and was tuned to 1380 HP in order to set the record, with an adaptation that meant all power went to the rear wheels. The GT-R was prepared by GReddy Trust and was tested extensively at Japan’s Fuji Speedway facility with Kawabata at the wheel.
On making international history for a fifth time in the Middle East, Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East said: “The Nissan GT-R is one of the world’s most iconic supercar, 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. Setting this incredibly difficult world record is a clear demonstration of the excitement we are bringing to the Middle East with the Nismo brand.”
Fujairah International Airport was specifically chosen for the event because of its 3km long airstrip which was deemed sufficiently long enough for the challenge.
Cherfen said that the airport was a “perfect fit” for the world record attempt and also thanked the airport management and personnel for their support saying that the enourmous level of support received from every level was “invaluable.”He further went on to say that without the “tireless assistance and dedication of everyone at Fujairah International Airport” they would not have achieved the world record.
GReddy Trust’s technicians worked on the specially tunes MY16 Nissan GT-R setup on site in the three days running up to the event and had only three attempts to break the record as per strict guidelines set by Guinness World Records.
Watch the video of the world record below:
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