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Vaughn Gittin Jr. is not a man who is scared lightly. After all, he’s a world champion drifter and his company car is a 900hp Ford Mustang GT. So if he was anxious about the attempt, you know that drifting around the Nurburgring isn’t an easy feat.
It’s probably with good reason that this is the first time anyone has ever drifted the entirety of the 12.86-mile course. Drifting is usually forbidden on the ‘Green Hell’ – it’s demanding enough if you’re pointing in the right direction. Taking the corners sideways adds an extra dimension to this fearsome track.
During drift events, drivers don’t tend to hit high speeds. Gittin Jr. says he’s all about having a “good time, not a lap time.” But around the Nurburgring, he was hitting speeds in excess of 150mph and bouncing off the limiter in sixth gear. Insane.
It took three sets of bespoke tyres to complete an entire lap – for normal drivers, that’d be equivalent to 90,000 miles! The attempt also destroyed one drone, and required the steering lock of the Mustang to be upped to 65 degrees.
“The [Nurburgring] is one of the most iconic tracks in the world and I have been in love with the danger and folklore of the famous ‘Green Hell’ since I can remember,” says Gittin Jr. “Drifting the Nurburgring represents the ultimate challenge to me: it is something that many question whether it would be possible and whether the car and driver could do it and come out in one piece.
“I didn’t know the ‘Green Hell’ nearly as well as I thought I did. Everything changes when you’re going sideways at those speeds!”
The video is below, and it shows just how amazing this attempt was.
“One of the craziest parts of the video is the jump on Pflanzgarten,” he adds. “the speed of that entire section was intense and immediately upon landing I had to flick the car hard sideways to slow down to make the sharp right hander.
“There was zero margin for error. Damn that was crazy.”