When I first learned about this crazy new world record I must admit, I wondered how the hell they pulled it off. Logistically. But then my wits came back to me and I realized they probably just did it in a big giant circle, and that’s exactly what happened at the Gerotek testing facility outside Pretoria, South Africa just a few days ago when a new record for the longest continuous drift was set at 102.5 miles.
You might expect some high horsepower, purpose built machine with an expert level tire killer at the helm would be needed in order to pull off a 102-mile long drift. But that couldn’t be further from what took place here. Instead, it was a Toyota GT86 with a South African journalist by the name of Jesse Adams behind the wheel. It should be mentioned that the record took place on a “semi-wet” skid pad, which obviously makes things quite a bit easier. It would still take a tremendous amount of car control to maintain the perfect throttle and steering input to pull a drift for 5 hours straight! That’s right, according to reports the drift lasted 5 hours and 46 minutes.
Technically Adam’s record is still “under review” by Guinness. He crushed the previous record set by Harald Muller in 2014 by more than 12 miles. And the entire run was recorded via two independent GPS VBOX data loggers and that should be more than sufficient. We expect to see an official video drop in the near future, but in the meantime, there is a brief highlight video that will give you an idea as to how Adams accomplished his goal.