BMW Is Preparing For An 8-Hour M5 Drift

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Nothing beats a quick drift on your daily commute. Front wheel drive enthusiasts might want to rethink their daily drivers because BMW is aiming to break the world record for the longest drift. The event will take place tomorrow and it is being sanctioned by Guinness World Records.

In a YouTube video uploaded this morning, BMW has shocked everyone with an unprecedented level of preparation. Sure it would be easy to install one giant fuel tank to break the record, and Guinness even allows for quick stops for fuel and driver swaps. But BMW never chooses the easy path. That’s why they took inspiration from military aircraft and developed a drift-capable refueling system.

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Utilizing an auxiliary fuel cell in the back seat, the driver will be able to transfer fuel between the main and secondary tanks to keep the car properly balanced. The new tank will be fed by a high-pressure hose from another car drifting alongside. Engineers machined a scaled-down version of aircraft components, complete with dry break-aways in case of emergency. Their goal was 18 gallons in under a minute, and they have the process down to 50 seconds.

The 2018 BMW M5 shares almost nothing in common with its predecessors. Gone is the dual-clutch transmission, so say hello to the same 8-speed automatic ZF builds for many other performance cars. It has been beefed up to handle 592 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The front tires can now have fun thanks to the M xDrive AWD system, which arrives with an RWD-only drift mode. We wish BMW the best on this epic undertaking, and as soon as the footage is released you will see it first here on Autofluence.

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