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Drifting a Toyota 86 for six hours! - AutoMiddleEast.com

Drifting a Toyota 86 for six hours!

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 by

South African driver sets Guinness World Record for longest continuous skid

To initiate a drift in a car is simple. It’s what happens thereafter that’s the crucial bit. Coming out of the corner facing the right way, for instance, is desirable, but not easy to achieve. To drift a car continuously for six hours, then, is a wee bit harder than you’d think. Especially, if the driver can manage to do it without emptying the contents of his stomach via a projectile vomit. And recently a South African motoring journo did exactly that by skidding a for 168.502 kilometres and setting a new Guinness World Record in the process.

We hope the seat was comfortable: a Toyota 86 for nearly 170km took Jesse Adams a long, long time…

Jesse Adams, the new Guinness Drift King, beat the previous record held by a certain Harald Muller from Germany. Muller drifted a total distance of 144.126 kilometres in 2014, incidentally, also behind the wheel of the tail-happy Toyota 86, powered by its naturally aspirated boxer engine and driving the rears through a six-speed manual transmission.

The record run was undertaken on a wet skidpan at the Gerotek Testing Facility, west of South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria, and Guinness World Records’ rules required the driven wheels to continuously spin. Directional change, however, was permitted. As long as the rear wheels continued to skid, Jesse would be ok, even if he lost control of the vehicle and pirouetted ungracefully. Not exactly a masterclass in precision driving, then.

As long as the rear wheels continued to skid, Jesse would be ok, even if he lost control of the vehicle and pirouetted ungracefully. Not exactly a masterclass in precision driving, then.

Despite the slightly, eye swiveling criteria, Jesse went sideways for a total of five hours and forty-six minutes. He lapped the skidpan 1,000 times with an average speed of 29km/h. In the end, and once the dud laps were deducted, the final tally was 952, breaking the previous record by 24.376 kilometres.

Now, whichever way you slice it, that is a very, very long time to be continuously sideways. Well played, Sir. Well played.

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