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Nissan GT-R sets new world record for getting sideways

Nissan set a new record for the fastest drift, getting a GT-R sideways at 304.96 km/h
Nissan set a new record for the fastest drift, getting a GT-R sideways at 304.96 km/h
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The Nissan GT-R used had over 1300 hp
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The Nissan GT-R used had over 1300 hp
Nissan set a new record for the fastest drift, getting a GT-R sideways at 304.96 km/h
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Nissan set a new record for the fastest drift, getting a GT-R sideways at 304.96 km/h
The GT-R was prepared by GReddy
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The GT-R was prepared by GReddy
The record setting car was piloted by Japanese drift champion Masato Kawabata
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The record setting car was piloted by Japanese drift champion Masato Kawabata
The record was set on a 3-km airstrip in Dubai
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The record was set on a 3-km airstrip in Dubai

Not content with the Nürburgring records the GT-R already holds, Nissan has used a heavily modified version of the car affectionately known as Godzilla to break the record for the world's-fastest drift. Piloted by Japanese Drift Champion, Masato Kawabata, the 1,380-hp (1,029-kW) Nissan stole the record from Poland's Jakub Przygoński.

It might look like a GT-R from the outside, but the record-breaking Nissan is far from standard. Instead of the 421 kW (565 hp) produced by the recently-refreshed GT-R, Kawabata's GReddy-prepared car channeled a monstrous 1,029 kW (1,380 hp) to the rear tires. Special tires from Toyo enabled the car to get sideways at silly speeds without shredding its rubber, while RAYS supplied unique light alloy wheels for the attempt.

Using Fujairah International Airport's 3-km (1.86-mi) runway, the Nissan team managed a drift angle of 30 degrees at 304.96 km/h (189.49 mph), outdoing the previous record set by Przygoński in 2013 in a Toyota GT86 by 87 km/h (54 mph).

A video of the GT-R breaking the record is below.

Source: Nissan

1 comment
Michael Wilson
that was more a powerslide than a drift. Still quite impressive though
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