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Nissan Middle East has set a new Guinness World Record for the worlds fastest drift at an event in the United Arab Emirates. Behind the wheel of a heavily-modified Nissan GT-R Nismo, Japanese drifter, Masato Kawabata sent the GT-R into a drift at an incredible 304.96km/h. The drift was completed at Fujairah International Airport in the UAE and used every inch of the three kilometre runway in order to reach the 300km/h benchmark the team had set itself. As per strict guidelines, the Nissan Middle East team had only three attempts and had to fulfil specific angle and drift duration requirements in order the complete the record-breaking feat.
The team managed to tick all the boxes to become the new record holders. Kawabata, the current Japanese drifting series title holder, smashed the previous record of 256km/h set in Poland using a modified Toyota GT86. The record was achieved, in part, thanks to the immense work that went into tuning the GT-R. Japan-based GReddy Trust, managed to take the GT-Rs standard 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6, which normally produces 404kW, up to a staggering 1029kW.
While all that extra power was crucial to the record attempt, other mods like ultra-lightweight wheels and specially designed Toyo tyres had to be fitted to the car into order to make sure all that power wasnt just turned into smoke and molten rubber.
Subaru Technica International (STI) has teamed up with UK-based Prodrive to create a special new WRX STI racer to tackle the legendary Isle of Man TT course. More famous for its success on rally stages around the world, the Subaru WRX STI of late has been the weapon of choice to chase the lap record around the Isle of Man time trial circuit. Behind the wheel of the new WRX racer will be British rally champion Mark Higgins, who already holds the current lap record for a car, which he set in 2014 with a US-market WRX STI, in 19 minutes and 15 seconds.
Higgins set the current record in a largely stock 2015 model-year WRX STI, with the only modifications limited to safety features such as an FIA-spec roll cage and a harness-equipped racing seat, along with modified springs and dampers. The 2014 record bettered Higgins previous record of 19 minutes and 56 seconds that he set in 2011 with a 2010-model WRX STI. Now in 2016, the new Prodrive WRX STI is a rekindling of Subarus relationship with British motorsport company Prodrive, who collaborated with the Japanese manufacturer for nearly 20 years in the World Rally Championship (WRC), winning three drivers and manufacturers titles.
The 2016 WRX STI racer has had a few nips and tucks over the base car, with a significant aero package, stripped out interior and a roll cage, clearly stating its go-fast intentions. It is unknown whether any tweaks have been made to the engine that, in standard Australian spec, produces 221kW of power and 407Nm of torque (UK models list the same outputs). The Isle of Man time-trial event takes place on a 59.54km (37 mile) course, almost three times longer than the Nurburgring race track. The demanding course is a public road for most of the year, and with no official speed limits enforced on the Isle of Man outside built-up areas, practicing for the event is exercised all year round.
New South Wales Police has unveiled the latest edition to its crime-fighting squad: the V8-powered Lexus RC F. The Japanese high-performance coupe has been provided on loan to NSW Police by Lexus Australia as part of a campaign aimed at promoting safer roads and increasing community engagement. Unlike the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 that was loaned to Victoria Police as a bonafide highway patrol vehicle - a rare arrangement - the the RC F will be confined to promotional duties for the duration of its stay. Among the RC Fs duties will be appearances at motorsport events, including this past weekends Bathurst Six Hour, where it was used as a race control vehicle to open and close the circuit.
Based in Wollongong, the RC F will primarily service NSWs southern region, getting maximum exposure in roadside campaigns and will travel as far west as Goulburn. Inspector Jim Fryday of the NSW Police's Southern Region says the RC F will be a useful tool in the fight to create safer NSW roads. "The RC F will be a major help in our efforts to engage with the public at major gatherings around the state. "There will be further opportunities at motorsport events to communicate our message to race fans while showing off the RC F in a very appropriate setting, Fryday said.
Under the RC Fs bonnet lies a 5.0-litre V8 engine pumping out 351kW of power and 530Nm of torque, coupled with an eight-speed Sports Program Direct Shift automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. On the power front, the RC F trumps highway patrol mainstays in the Commodore SS-V and the Ford FG Falcon XR6 Turbo, which produce 304kW/570Nm and 270kW/533Nm, respectively. Lexus Australia chief executive, Peter McGregor, says the manufacturer is happy to assist NSW Police in a project they think the public will enjoy" It gives us great pleasure to provide the NSW Police with a stunning RC F coupe to assist them with their important task of promoting safety on our roads - a critical issue for all road users as we enter the Easter Period and colder months of the year," Mcgregor said.