We’ve said it time and time again; world records are always meant to be broken. It’s just a matter of when and where it’s going to be.
Recently, the "when" and the "where" of the world’s fastest drift record was answered when Poland’s ORLEN Team along with drifter Kuba Przygonski took a heavily-modified Toyota GT 86 packing close to 1,100 horsepower to a former military base in Biata Podlaska, Poland on September 3rd.
What ensued was nothing short of spectacular.
With arguably one of the world’s most powerful GT 86s at his disposal, Przygonski was able to succesfully drift the Japanese drift car at 217.973 km/h (135.44 mph). In doing so, the Polish racer set a new Guinness World Record, now owning the record for world’s fastest drift.
We honestly have no clue how many g’s Przygonski was experiencing when he set that record but the mere fact that his neck seemed to be okay enough to allow him to celebrate the new record speaks to the kind of preparation he must have done before breaking this record.
It’s an incredible feat that should be lauded, no matter how long its stands in the record books.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Toyota GT 86
Toyota unveiled the GT 86 sports car in 2011 at the Tokyo Motor Show after two concept versions were revealed in the previous two years.
The GT 86 is powered by a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-four engine developed in cooperation with Subaru. It delivers a total of 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and maximum torque of 151 pound-feet at 6,600 rpm. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The GT 86 is capable of hitting 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds, and it tops out around 145 mph.