If you’ve ever attempted to imitate your favourite race car driver and pull off a spectacular drift, you’ll know that it’s easier said than done. You either kick out the tail of your car and end up in a wild and embarrassing spin, or you get lucky and manage to pull off the perfect drift. Either way, there is a fine line between success and failure.
Porsche driving instructor Dennis Retera managed to walk this fine when he broke the Guinness world record for completing the longest ever drift for an electric vehicle in the Porsche Taycan EV. Retera managed to hold a single drift for a total of 55 minutes over a distance of 42 kilometers.
By completing this marathon distance, Retera secured the world record for the longest continuous drift in an electric car. The average speed was 46 km/h. The record was achieved with the rear-wheel drive version of the Taycan.
“When the driving stability programmes are switched off, a powerslide with the electric Porsche is extremely easy, especially of course with this model variant, which is driven exclusively via the rear wheels,” Retera said to Guinness. “Sufficient power is always available. The low centre of gravity and the long wheelbase ensure stability. The precise design of the chassis and steering allows for perfect control at all times, even when moving sideways,” he added.
Take a look at the record-breaking drift below
Picture: Porsche newsroom