Watch: Nissan GT-R sets world’s fastest ever drift at 189mph

Published: 08 April 2016

► Guinness world record drift
► 189mph on an airport runway
► Set by drift champ Masato Kawabata

Many of us might feel secretly proud of a clumsy wiggle on a wet roundabout, but Japanese drift champion Masato Kawabata has just achieved the ultimate oversteer bragging rights with the world’s fastest ever drift, at 189.5mph.

That’s an official Guinness world record, set in a not-quite-standard 1300bhp Nissan GT-R on an enormous runway at the Fujairah airport in the United Arab Emirates.

You can watch some choppily edited footage of Kawabata’s record in the video above. It’s a comfortable improvement on the previous Guiness world record for the fastest drift, which stood at 135mph in a Toyota GT86 in 2013.

Click here to read CAR’s Ben Barry’s exploration of Japanese drifting culture

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, occasional racer