A tuned 2016 Nissan GT-R Nismo has broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest drift ever. Japanese drift champion Masato Kawabata performed a drift in the GT-R Nismo at 189 mph at an angle of 30 degrees, breaking the previous 135-mph record set by Polish driver Jakub Przygonski in 2013. The record was set during a special event at Fujairah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates.
Nismo specialists helped create the GT-R that broke the record and the car was tuned to 1,380 hp and routed all of its power to the rear wheels instead of all four. Tuning company GReddy prepared the vehicle and tested it extensively at Fuji Speedway in Japan with Kawabata driving. The car was also tuned for optimum handling without sacrificing stability. Fujairah International Airport was strategically chosen due to its 1.8-mile-long airstrip, which was deemed long enough for the task.
"Once again, Nissan has broken a Guiness World Records title and has made international history for the fifth time in the Middle East," said Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East, in a release. "The Nissan GT-R 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. The fact that this achievement was set here in the UAE makes it even more special for our region. Setting this incredibly difficult world record was a clear demonstration of the excitement we are bringing to the Middle East with the Nismo brand."
At the 2016 New York auto show, Nissan revealed a refreshed 2017 Nissan GT-R, which has received a new look and a bump in power to 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque from 545 hp and 463 lb-ft.