Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Watch This BMW Refuel While Drifting In Tandem

Watch This BMW Refuel While Drifting In Tandem

So, while Matt Mullin was driving the refuelling vehicle, a previous generation M5, Matt Butts, from Detroit Speed, was tasked with refuelling Schwartz's M5 by coming out of the rear window of Mullins' auto, while being suspended by a safety tether. In a bid to show enthusiasts that adding all-wheel-drive hasn't changed the M5's inner idiot, BMW went out once again on December 11, 2017, to set two Guinness World Records for Greatest Distance Vehicle Drift in 8 Hours and Longest Twin Vehicle Drift (Water Assisted). To break the previous record, Schwartz had to do 549 laps of the skid pad but he ended up doing over 2,000 laps. To refuel the hungry 4.4-litre 600hp V8 engine at the hear of this performance sedan, another (read previous gen, F10) M5 driven by BMW's driving instructor Matt Mullins would drift right next to it, while Detroit Speed's Matt Butts was filling the extra fuel tank stationed in the boot. However, BMW USA wasn't happy about that and instead wanted to prove it can break the record without stopping, despite drifting for up to eight hours. So, this was all about making it more interesting.

Schwartz's M5 will be topped off mid-drift using car-to-car refueling, modeled after the system used by fighter jets. "It was a big win all around".

BMW had to develop a complex refuelling system with an exterior nozzle to facilitate refuelling on the go so that the M5 never had to stop for fuel.

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The system required a second M5, this one a previous-generation F10 M5 to drift with Schwartz's auto in parallel to maintain a set distance so that the excellently-named Matt Butts of Detroit Speed could straddle both vehicles at speed and complete the refueling.

Covering a distance of 374.17km, the BMW team smashed the previous record of 144.12km set by Toyota.

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