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Ford Mustang drifts the entire Nurburgring

Ford Mustang drifting around the Nurburgring

Vaughn Gittin Jnr has become the first driver to drift all 13 miles of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Normally tackling the “Green Hell” is all about getting the best lap record, but that’s not for champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jnr.

Instead, he piloted his purpose-built 887bhp Ford Performance 5.0 Aluminator XS powered Ford Mustang RTR drift car around the legendary circuit, hitting 150mph at times.

Drifting is forbidden on the Nordschleife, and while some drivers have drifted sections – including two drivers performing drift demos during a race – this is the first full-on drift attack of the complete circuit

“The Nordschleife is one of, if not, the most iconic tracks in the world and I have been in love with the danger and folklore of the famous ‘Green Hell’ at the Nürburgring since I can remember,” said Vaughn.

“Drifting the Nürburgring 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. Something inside of me had to take this on to find out.”

“When people watch this video I hope it offers an intense and fun experience.

“I hope they see a guy and his Ford Mustang sidekick pushing outside of his comfort zone and the limits of what should be possible with a car.

“I hope they are inspired to push themselves beyond there comfort zones and enjoy the ride!”

“I did not know the ‘Green Hell’ nearly as well as I thought I did. Everything changes when you’re going sideways at those speeds.”

“I was out of my comfort zone for the majority of the hot laps.”

“My favourite shot of the video is the 360 into shooting the drone with rocks, it just could not get any more perfect.”

“One of the craziest parts of the video is the jump on Pflanzgarten. 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.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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