Nissan obtained the Guinness World Record for the fastest drifting at a speed of 304,96 km / h and at an angle of 30º using a specially prepared Nissan GT-R MY16. Masato Kawabata, Japan's champion of the Drift specialty, was commissioned to win the record previously held by the Polish Jakub Przygoński.
The record-breaking Nissan GT-R was developed with the support and coordination of NISMO, Nissan's motor sports division. Its engine has 1360 horsepower and was adapted to transmit all the power to the rear axle.
The GT-R was extensively tested at the Fuji Circuit facility in Japan with Kawabata at the wheel. This car was built to be agile and stable, characteristics that inspire confidence in the driver and essential when it comes to accomplishing such a feat.
Fujairah International Airport was strategically chosen for its 3 km long runways, being considered to be long enough to meet the challenge. From the beginning, Nissan wanted to break the drift record at over 300 km / h and Kawabata, who leads the Japanese drift championship with Team Tokyo, was chosen from a group of highly qualified drift drivers.
GReddy technicians worked on the preparation of the Nissan GT-R MY16 in the three days leading up to the event at the scene of the action and only had three attempts to try to break the record according to the guidelines established by Guinness World Records.
Technical support and logistics personnel were also provided by Prodrift Academy USA, Recaro, for the pilot seat, RAYS, supplying special light alloy wheels, and Toyo Tires with specially designed drift tires.
The Nissan GT-R, also known as Godzilla for its impressive performance, was renewed in its 2017 version and was presented during the last New York Motor Show, stealing the eyes of the press and attendees thanks to its exterior renovation and evolution in performance.