Johan Schwartz, a BMW Performance Center driving instructor, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for drifting in a BMW M5 sedan at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, S.C., on May 11. The public is invited to attend the event, which will benefit the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation.
Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing a loss of traction in the rear wheels. Schwartz will attempt to beat the current record of almost 6.95 miles, which was set by Abdo Feghali on February 15, 2013 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
“I had no idea that my attempt to break the Guinness World Record would create the excitement that it has,” said Schwartz. “It's fun when you can share your passion and make a difference at the same time.”
The World Record Drift event will occur on Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m., on the BMW Performance Center's skid pad, which is used during the Center's Driving School to teach students how to control a skid and how to drive a car properly both in terms of performance and defensive driving. Schwartz's goal is to drift for 40 miles, which is equivalent to 251 laps on the skid pad.
Those interested in attending the event are urged to pledge donations, which will benefit South Carolina Charities, Inc., the non-profit that manages the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation.
Donations start as low as $5. All donations $20 and above include a ticket to attend the 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, which takes place May 16-19. For a $50 donation, you can get your name on the M5 that will be used during the World Record Drift attempt. Those in attendance at the event will have the opportunity to pledge additional funds for the chance to drive the new M6 on track, the X5 on an off-road course and a ride with a driving instructor for a hot lap.
For all of the event details and to watch a teaser video of Schwartz drifting at the BMW Performance Center, visit www.johanschwartz.com/World_Record.php. Fans can visit or “like” the World Record Drift Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/WorldRecordDrift, to get regular updates about the event.