TOYOTA 86 AND JESSE ADAMS ECLIPSE THE WORLD’S LONGEST DRIFT RECORD

TOYOTA 86 AND JESSE ADAMS ECLIPSE THE WORLD’S LONGEST DRIFT RECORD

The Toyota 86 utilised for this record attempt was a standard production unit with no mechanical modifications – bar the fitment of a neatly constructed additional fuel tank which occupied the spare-wheel-well area.

The mammoth task of beating the previously held record of German Harald Muller, set at 144.126 kilometres in 2014 using a Toyota 86 in Turkey, reached its pinnacle on Monday 12 June 2017. The attempt was conducted on a partially wet skidpan at the Gerotek test facilities, using a demarcated circle with inner and outer borders. The premise of the record is that the driven wheels are not allowed to stop spinning at any time during the run. A change of direction is permitted, as long as the driven wheels stay in motion. If at any point the driven wheels had stopped, the run would be considered null and void and the driver would need to restart their attempt from scratch.

 

The attempt was officially started with Adams setting off onto the concrete playground. Lap-by-lap, hour-by-hour, the timekeepers and official witnesses counted off as they kept track of lap times, lap count, spins and change of direction. In the end after five hours and forty-six minutes the Toyota 86 completed a total of 1000 laps and 168.502 official kilometres, with each lap comprising an average of 177 metres. The average speed of one lap registered at 29 km/h, taking an average of 21.8 seconds to complete. A mere 48 laps were disallowed, bringing the tally of officially completed laps to 952. The existing record was broken by 24.376 kilometres, a significant number in the greater scheme of things.

 

The data has been submitted to Guinness World Records for official verification and far surpasses their minimum requirements.