Where form meets function

Tomorrow, January 9, BMW will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest vehicle drift when former record holder Johan Schwartz is going to drive the all-new M5 around the infamous Nurburgring racing track in Germany, for eight hours of driving sideways.

Instead of following new rules which allows the car to stop for gas or install a bigger tank, BMW engineers have come up with a more intriguing idea that takes cues from military engineering. As shown in the video above, the team will be executing car-to-car refueling while still in the drift, a tactic first achieved by military planes that get refueled while flying.

Engineers removed the rear seats and installed a custom fuel cell in the trunk area, in addition to creating a unique fuel transport system that is comprised of components from commercial businesses and the aviation industry with machined custom fittings. The supply car will essentially drift up within about two feet of the record-attempt car (while fully drifting), with a guy hanging out the back window, and transferring 15 to 18 gallons of fuel in just 50 seconds.

Stay tuned for more tomorrow.

In other news, this custom BMW R100 R Mystic café racer shines in copper.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer
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