On Saturday, May 11, 2013, BMW Performance Center Instructor Johan Schwartz stomped the old Guinness World Record™ for the longest sustained drift.  The event took place for the BMW Charity Pro-Am in South Carolina and raised over $20,000 in donations as the M5 screamed through its 51.278 miles of drift around the Performance Center skid pad.

The car is an unmodified 2013 BMW M5 Sedan with an M-DCT transmission with the exception of its fresh set of Continental ContiSport ultra-high performance tires.  The former drift record of 47.71 miles, set in February at Abu Dhabi, was broken handily as Schwartz took the M5 around the skid pad 322.5 times.

The Saturday drift record attempt began a week of events that will lead to BMW’s Charity Pro-Am, which benefits over 150 different charities around the nation.  The event included official Guinness World Record™ judges, who unofficially confirmed the distance, and a chance for the public to go on “hot lap” rides with BMW Performance Center instructors.

The following video and gallery of the event are courtesy of BMW USA.

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