How to drift a BMW M5 for eight hours without stopping for refuelling?
Drifting a car is fun to look at and also to execute one. Can enthusiasts vouch for many rear wheel drive offerings who can pull the act of drifting flawlessly. More easily when you seated in the all-new BMW M5 that comes with a dedicated RWD mode. It was in 2013 that BMW had first set the record of going sideways where Johan Schwartz, instructor at BMW Performance Driving School took a M5 and covered more than 300 laps to drift for 82km. This feat was then challenged and beaten by Toyota in the GT86 that did a drift for 165km for a period of five hours and 46 minutes.
And now the Bavarians are back with the all-new BMW M5, the got Johan Schwartz back to attempt to break the record set by Toyota. Powered by the same V8 as the previous generation BMW M5, it is now tuned to generate 608PS (600HP). The sixth generation BMW M car will get all-wheel drive (AWD) which can be switched to rear-wheel drive (RWD) when traction is a secondary need. This is also the first M5 that will only be available with an automatic transmission.The 4.4-litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo engine on the new M5 generates 48 more PS than the 560PS of its current iteration while delivering 750Nm of torque. The torque is also more evenly spread through the rev range starting from 1,800rpm. This is enough to ferry the performance sedan past the 100kmph mark in under 3.4 seconds and onwards to 200kmph in 11.1 seconds. It will reach an electronically-limited top speed of 250kmph.
Coming to the original point of the story, Johan Schwartz got himself positioned inside the all-new BMW M5 and went sideways to enter a drift for a straight eight hours. That's normally the duration of hours that one puts in his/her office. Johan Schwartz too was at work but the fun bit was enormously high, we believe. The only bit that could have slowed him down is refuelling. The ideal solution is to alter the size of the fuel tank or modify the existing version, but then when you are BMW, things cannot be that simple. They got a previous gen BMW M5, chucked the rear seat and placed a high-pressure fuel pump that is capable of spitting 68.13 litre in approximately 50 seconds.
Wondering how did the BMW guys manage to pull such an iconic feat? Here is a behind the scenes video. We wonder if Toyota will be back to challenge BMW again?
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