Nissan is being added to the to the Guiness Book of World Records for a Nissan GT-R Nismo driving the fasted ever recorded drift.
Earlier in the week Nissan announced that they had set a new world record but withheld any details. Earlier today, the company revealed just what the record was for.
Modified by the team at Nissan’s racing arm, NISMO, Masato Kawabata, the Japanese drift champion piloted a specially-tuned 2016 GT-R, drifted 189.49 miles per hour at a 30 degree angle. The record was performed during a special event at Fujairah International Airport in the UAE. The 1.75 mile long runway provided plenty of room needed for the stunt.
The record breaking GT-R was tuned to 1,380 horsepower and modified so that all of the power was channeled to the rear wheels. Prior to the record-setting event, extensive testing took place at Japan’s Fuji Speedway with Kawabata in the driver’s seat.
It is hard for me to imagine driving 190 miles per hour in a straight line much less a ‘controlled’ drift. Mr. Kawabata has my respects.