Nissan just smashed the World Record for high speed drifting at 304.96 Km/h which works out to be about 188mph. The record drift took place at the Fujairah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates and they used a high strung GTR that’s been tuned out to roughly 1350 hp. The all wheel drive system was swapped out for a full time rear wheel drive as the last thing you’d want when you’re sideways at 188 mph is unexpected traction. Nissan is calling it the MY16 Nissan GTR and it was driven by Japanese Drift Champion, Masato Kawabata. The previous record was set back in 2013 by Polish driver, Jakub Przygonski, at just 135.44 mph so obviously Kawabata completely destroyed the record by over 50mph.
The Nissan crew only had 5 days to get the car tuned and setup correctly so they made a small work area in one of the open hangars to work on the car. The amount of equipment it takes to pull something like this off is pretty extensive with all the parts, spare tires, the car itself, and all the tools and equipment needed to tune the car. Drifting has become the NASCAR of Japan, for lack of better words, so they had the full Nissan Factory Team there. When you’re intentionally going to make a car go sideways at over 180mph you probably want to make sure that all your equipment is top notch, right?
Right rom the Beginning of this whole ordeal, Nissan set out to pull a drift at a minimum of 300kph and they absolutely picked the right car to do the job. We have to admit it looks pretty damn cool and to know he was going that fast makes it all that much better if you ask us. What do you think?