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by Brett Davis

Mercedes-Benz will attempt to break the longest drift record at Mercedes-Benz World this weekend. Mercedes-Benz driver Mauro Calo will pilot the smokey attempt, which aims to last longer than a massive 3.05km (10,000ft).

(image courtesy of Motor Trend)

The current record stands at 2.44km (8000ft), but Mr Calo is confident he can pull it off. It’s unknown what car Mercedes-Benz and AMG will use to have a crack at the record. Likely candidates are the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG – offering 386kW and 630Nm – or the smaller, more agile Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG – offering 336kW and 600Nm.

It’s understood the drift will last around four minutes while Calo steers the car, mainly using his right foot, around a narrow ring circuit in Surrey, UK. The attempt hopes to fry the rear tyres for 12 laps around the ring road at an average speed of around 88km/h, using third gear.

The main challenge for Mr Calo is said to be the narrowness of the track, because apparently it’s only about as wide as the car is long. It certainly isn’t going to stop Mercedes and Mr Calo trying though. He recently said, “I’m 100 per cent confident that I can do it.”

We look forward to providing any footage of the attempt/s as soon as we can.




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