Driven by Japanese drifting champ Masato Kawabata at Fukairah International Airport runway – strategically chosen for its 3km-long airstrip – the record-breaking drift followed three days of preparation at the UAE airport.
However, the team only had three attempts to break the high-speed drift record, according to Guinness World Records rules. The heady 300km/h-plus top speed drift is thus a real achievement.
Kawabata was specially chosen for the drift run as current leader of the D1 Grand Prix drift championship: he was driving a similarly specially prepared GT-R NISMO tweaked by GReddy Trust.
Engineers set it up both to be agile enough to quickly get into drift mode in the first place, but also be stable enough to maintain the drift easily.
And what does a Nissan GT-R going sideways at 189mph actually look like? Check out the video…