Nissan Middle East FZE has sped into the record books after extremely brave driver Masato Kawabata (Japan) achieved the Fastest vehicle drift ever at a staggering 304.96 km/h (189.49 mi/h), while driving a Nissan GT-R Nismo during an event at Fujairah International Airport, UAE, last month.
The drift champion broke the Guinness World Records title three times at 273.39, 304.96 and 296.79 km/h with an angulation of 55.21°, 33.56° and 34.42° respectively, travelling down the 3 km long airstrip.
Kawabata and Nissan significantly bettered the previous record of 217.973 km/h (135.44 mi/h) which was achieved by Jakub Przygonski (Poland) at Biala Podlaska Airport near Warsaw, Poland, in 2013.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo car used for the attempt was specially-tuned by GReddy Trust in order to maximise its agility and stability.
Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East commented on the incredible achievement: “Once again, Nissan has again broken a Guinness World Records title and has made international history in the UAE. The GT-R Nismo is one of the world’s most iconic supercars, proving time and again the incredible breadth of its capabilities, and has clearly demonstrated its performance leadership by beating the best drift cars out there.”
Not the first time this vehicle has entered the record books, a Nissan GT-R achieved an acceleration of 0–60 mph (0–100 km) in 3.5 seconds while completing a lap of the Nürburgring circuit in Nürburg, Germany in 2008, to earn the Guinness World Records title Fastest 0-60mph acceleration by a four seater production car.