A 1,380 Horsepower Nissan GT-R Just Set The Drifting World Record At 190 MPH

Nissan put the Japanese drift champion behind the wheel of a tuned, rear-wheel drive 2016 Nissan GT-R to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest drift ever recorded. The result: a 30-degree drift at insane 190 miles an hour.

That’s some insanely high-speed oppo.

Opposite Lock is not just the name of our wonderful gearhead community, but it’s also a phrase used to describe what you need to do to drift like a madman. Nissan sent Masato Kawabata, the Japanese drift champion, to Fujairah International Airport in the UAE to do just that. And boy did he oppo.

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The drift champion sat behind the wheel of a 1,380 horsepower rear-wheel drive GT-R that had been tuned by Nismo specialists especially for the world record attempt.

Masato took advantage of the airport’s 3km long airstrip to set a new world record of 190 MPH at a 30 degree angle, taking the record from Jakub Przygoński of Poland.

190 miles per hour in an “controlled” drift? I could do that. Yep. Definitely. Easy peasy.

(Gulp.)

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All photos from Nissan.

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