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Nissan GT-R sets 190mph drifting record
Nissan team snatches the word high-speed drifting record in the UAE.
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This is drifting, but not as we know it. This is not gently tweaking the back end of your E30 3 Series out on a damp corner; this is sliding an ultra-high-performance car at 190mph. This is the world high-speed drifting record.

And it's just been snatched by Masato Kawabata, a Japanese pro-drift champion, using a specially prepared (lightweight alloys and unique Toyo tyres) Nissan GT-R Nismo. He takes the record, officially recognised by Guinness, from the previous holder, Poland's Jakub Przygo?ski, with a 190mph drift at the Fujairah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

"Once again, Nissan has broken a Guinness World Records title and has made international history in the UAE," said Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East. "The MY16 Nissan GT-R NISMO is one of the world's most iconic supercars, proving time and again the incredible breadth of its capabilities, and has clearly demonstrated its performance leadership by beating the best drift cars out there. The fact that this achievement was set here in the UAE makes it even more special for our region. Nissan promises 'Innovation That Excites' and by setting this incredibly difficult world record, we have taken this commitment to the next level."

Cherfan also thanked the airport personnel and its management for their support, saying, "Fujairah International Airport was a perfect fit for this world record attempt and the enormous levels of support we received from every level was invaluable. We had to set up a workshop in one of the airport's hangars and had just five days to get everything ready including the specially tuned MY16 Nissan GT-R NISMO, spare parts, tyres and all the other equipment which required stringent security checks and processes. Without the dedication and tireless assistance of everyone at Fujairah International Airport we could not have achieved this, and I wish to express my sincere thanks to everyone involved."

Neil Briscoe - 8 Apr 2016

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