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Toyota 86 Sets World’s Longest Drift Record of 168 Km

Updated: June 15, 2017, 4:03 PM IST
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Toyota 86 Sets World’s Longest Drift Record of 168 Km
Toyota GT86 Drift World Record. (Image: Toyota)
The seemingly mammoth task of beating the previously held record of the World’s longest drift set by German Harald Muller, drifting for 144.126 kilometres in 2014 using a Toyota 86 in Turkey, reached its pinnacle on Monday 12 June 2017.

The attempt was conducted on a partially wet skidpan at the Gerotek test facilities, using a demarcated circle with inner and outer borders. The premise of the record was that the driven wheels are not allowed to stop spinning at any time during the run.

Noteworthy names such as SupaDrift Director Mike Skelton, SupaDrift judge and motorsport commentator Chad Luckhoff, SupaDrift competitor and promoter Jim McFarlane, SupaDrift National judge and drift content generator Lawrence Minnie and finally MSA-qualified Clerks of Course; Jackie Schreiber and Tony Taylor (who both have extensive time keeping experience) made up the official - and highly experienced -  panel.

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In the end after five hours and forty-six minutes, the lap counters indicated a total of 1000 laps. The Toyota 86 completed a total of 168.502 official kilometres, with each lap comprising an average of 177 metres. The average speed of one lap registered at 29 km/h, taking an average of 21.8 seconds to complete. A mere 48 laps were disallowed, bringing the tally of officially completed laps to 952.

The existing record was broken by 24.376 kilometres.

"Possessing a naturally 'tail-happy' character, the 86 is perfectly poised as a drift machine. A low-centre-of-gravity, traditional front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout and responsive chassis afford the 86 the perfect sports car credentials," says Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing at Toyota South Africa.

Toyota GT86 Drift World Record of 168 km. (Image: Toyota) Toyota GT86 Drift World Record of 168 km. (Image: Toyota)

The above results were obtained and verified through analysis of two independent GPS-based VBOX dataloggers - measuring time, distance, speed, direction of travel and even altitude, with the more sophisticated unit adding synchronised video and audio. The digital data was also supplemented with 'analogue' record of all laps, compiled by the timekeepers and witnesses.

The data has been submitted to Guinness World Records for official verification and far surpasses their minimum requirements.

The Toyota 86 utilised for this record attempt was a standard production unit with no mechanical modifications - bar the fitment of a neatly constructed additional fuel tank which occupied the spare-wheel-well area. This fine example of mechanical art was designed and manufactured by Hallspeed, the HQ of Toyota Motorsport South Africa.

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First Published: June 15, 2017, 4:03 PM IST
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