The world record for longest drift was shattered yesterday at Mercedes-Benz World when stunt driver Mauro Calo drifted his 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 7572 feet, or almost eight laps around Mercedes-Benz World’s handling circuit. While Calo was going for 10,000 feet around the 360 degree course, a blown rear-tire ended his run early.
The previous world record was set by 2010 Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in December of 2008. Gittin’s record was set in a bone-stock 2010 Ford Mustang GT which he managed to drift 6285 feet in front of cameras for 0-60 Magazine. The only thing stopping Gittin from continuing his drift is a blown tire.
Flash forward to yesterday and Calo ran into the same tire problem in his Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG while drifting around the Surrey, England MB World handling track. “A rear tire started to delaminate, so I kept going until I knew I’d broken the record, then I thought I’d better stop,” said Calo to EVO. Calo managed to shatter Gittin’s record by an impressive 1293 feet, all the while making it look incredibly easy, “The C63 is great for this sort of thing. The weather was bone dry, which made things easier for me but harder for the car.” One would imagine a wet track would help the tires last longer, making it easier for the car to survive an almost two-mile drift, although making control of the car that much more difficult.
According to EVO, although he’s got nothing planned, Calo would love to break the world blind speed record next, by attempting the feat blindfolded. The current record is held by a blind Turkish folk singer named Metin Senturk, who drove a Ferrari F430 Scuderia at 182.03 mph.
Christian Seabaugh on June 21 2011