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 |  Jun 23 2011, 3:15 PM

A new drifting record was set last weekend by Mauro Calo totaling 7,572 feet  in a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG around a skidpad. 2010 Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. said that after watching the C63 circle the concrete pad for more than two minutes, he was unimpressed.

“There are about 60 drivers that show up to Formula Drift every month, as well as thousands of grassroots drifters, that can do giant donuts until the tires pop, as well.” Gittin held the original record of 6,285 feet set in December 2008. Now we come the the question of what is a “world record” drift? Guinness World Records defines drifting as, ”driving a car with rear slip angle that is greater to the front.” However Gittin would call that a donut.

Gittin has suggested that Guinness World Records rephrase the definition of drifting to put credibility back in to attempt. Gittin believes the definition should be ”drifting without intersecting your drift line.” Gittin feels ”This result would be a record that took a lot of skill, balls, and wouldn’t put you to sleep watching the video of it.” He’s got a good point.

Check out Mauro Calo’s record setting drift after the jump!

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 |  Jun 20 2011, 10:55 AM

On June 19; Mercedes-Benz demonstration driver, Mauro Calo, has set a new world record for the longest powersliding drift, smashing the previous one by almost 400 meters (0.24 miles) , for a total distance of 2,308 meters (1.43 miles).

At Mercedes-Benz World, located at Brooklands, Surrey, United Kingdom, Calo drove a C63 AMG around the outer perimeter track 8.5 times until the rear tire burst, but not before he’d made history.

Speaking after the event, Calo said “the car was so balanced. I was relaxed and only had to make small corrections to the steering and the throttle. The tires let go after lap seven but I kept on going until I knew I’d beaten the record.”

The shredded tire that enabled Calo to set the new record, far from being disposed of, will be put on display at Mercedes-Benz World for all to see.

Calo says his next challenge will be to break the world speed record driving blindfold. “I’m not 100 per cent sure how far it is, but I reckon I can get that one too,” he stated.

Hit the jump to see the official video

[Source: Autocar]

 

 

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 |  Jun 15 2011, 10:29 AM

Mercedes-Benz demonstration driver, Mauro Calo, is attempting to set a new world record, the longest ever powerslide. Calo will attempt this feat this coming weekend at Mercedes-Benz World, located close to the historic Brooklands circuit in Surrey, United Kingdom.

Calo, piloting either an E63 or S63 Mercedes AMG, will attempt to hold the car in a third gear drift for four minutes at a speed of 55 mph, covering a distance of 10,000 ft, in order to beat the current 8,000 ft record.

However, doing it on the narrow perimeter track at Brooklands means there’s little margin for error, nevertheless, he stated “I’m 100 percent confident I can do it.”

For more information about the activities going on at Mercedes-Benz World, this coming weekend, click here.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz World]