The record-breaking GT-R was developed with the support and coordination of Nismo specialists. It was tuned to 1 029kW in order to set the record, and adapted so all the power went to the rear wheels. The GT-R was prepared by GReddy Trust and tested extensively at Japan’s Fuji Speedway facility with Kawabata at the wheel.
“Once again, Nissan has broken a Guinness World Records title and has made international history for the fifth time in the Middle East,” said Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan, Middle East.
Fujairah International Airport was strategically chosen for its three-kilometre long airstrip, which was deemed to be sufficiently long enough for the challenge. From the outset, Nissan wanted to perform the drift at a speed of more than 300km/h and Kawabata, who leads in the Japanese drifting series for Team Tokyo, was chosen from a group of highly specialized competition drivers.
GReddy Trust’s technicians worked on the specially tuned GT-R setup on site in the three days leading up to the event and had only three attempts to break the record as per strict guidelines set by Guinness World Records. Support was also provided by technicians and logistics personnel from the Prodrift Academy, Recaro, for the driver’s seat, Rays for the supply of special, lightweight alloy wheels and Toyo Tires for the drift tyres that were specially designed for this stunt.
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