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Video: BMW instructor attempts to break world drifting record

Tue, 19 Mar 2013

The Guinness Book of World Records has the longest drift set at an amazing 19,035 feet, or about 3.5 miles. It was set in China in 2011. On May 11 Johan Schwartz, BMW Performance Driving instructor working in Greer, S.C., aims to bring the record back to the United States.

Schwartz will use a stock BMW M5 for the stunt, which is perfectly suited for the challenge. It's the same one he uses to teach students how to drive both defensively, and aggressively. The M5's 560-hp, twin-turbocharged V8 and rear-wheel drive chassis won't hurt either.

The record attempt is benefiting the BMW Pro-Am charity, and fans can go to the BMW Performance Center site to help raise money. Per-lap sponsorship is available, as is signage on the car or guessing how long he can really go.

By Jake Lingeman