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Nissan GT-R set adrift at 305 km/h

UAE airport chosen for event with Nissan setting target of 300 km/h

Published: April 10, 2016, 11:30 PM
Updated: May 11, 2016, 2:54 PM

Nissan GT-R Nismo drift record setter

Nissan has taken the GT-R Nismo into the record books for the fastest drift in history, sending a specially tuned car into a drift at nearly 305 km/h.

Japanese drift champion Masato Kawabata was entrusted with the record attempt at a special event at Fujairah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. The 304.96 km/h speed obliterated the 217.973 km/h mark posted by Jakub Przygoński in a Toyota GT86 in 2013.

“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,” said Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East. “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.”

The record-setting 2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO (actually a version of the pre-refresh version now in production) was specially prepared by GReddy Trust and was tested extensively by Kawabata (who also holds the title in the D1 Grand Prix series) at Japan’s Fuji Speedway. While maintaining the stability and confidence-inspiring handling characteristics essential to performing such feats, the car was also set up for agility.

Fujairah International Airport was chosen for the record attempt due to its 3-km airstrip, since Nissan had set sights on the 300 km/h threshold.

“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,” said Cherfan. “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.”