There is drift and drift. In recent years, we have mostly seen records based on the length and duration of a drift, but the record set by Masato Kawabata in 2016 is incredible. The Japanese driver inscribed his name in the Guinness World Records by drifting a Nissan GT-R Nismo at over 300 km/h.
An unprecedented drift
Cold blood and precision. That’s what it took for the 2015 Japanese Drifting Series champion to break the record set by Polish rally driver Jakub Przygonski in 2013 in a Toyota GT86.
The new record was set on April 15, 2016 on the runway of Fujairah International Airport, United Arab Emirates, during a session closed to the public. After two attempts in preparation, Masato Kawabata finally reached 304.96 km/h on the third lap, breaking the previous record of 217 km/h.
1380 hp under the hood
As you can imagine, it wasn’t a stock Nissan GT-R Nismo. Tuned by GReddy Trust in a series of tests at Fuji’s circuit in Japan, the GT-R Nismo delivers an impressive 1380hp, more than double that of the base 3.8-litre V6.
The modifications made by Nissan include the integration of new Recaro seats, Rays light alloy rims, Toyo tires and settings designed in collaboration with specialists from the Prodrift Academy.
Six years after the record, the future of the GT-R is still a little unclear. Since last March, the supercar is no longer produced for Europe due to new sound standards. The Japanese manufacturer is working on a new generation, which could be powered by a V6 hybrid engine of around 700 hp.