Champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jnr has become the first person to drift the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

Known as the “Green Hell”, the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, is a must‑drive destination for petrol heads around the world.

But until now drifting has been forbidden and although some drivers have drifted sections, this is the first full-on drift attack of the complete 20.7km circuit.

Gittin Jnr accomplished the feat behind the wheel of his 900hp Ford Performance 5.0 Aluminator XS powered Ford Mustang RTR Drift car.

During the event he hit speeds in excess of 240 km/h, shredded three sets of tyres, and maxed out in sixth gear on the sideways entries into the bends.

But for Gittin Jnr is all about having a “good time, not a lap time”.

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

“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!”

Just the stats

  • Steering lock of Mustang increased to 65 degrees
  • Three sets of Nitto tyres needed to drift full 20.76 kilometres – that’s 144,840 kilometres of tyre
  • One drone destroyed during filming
  • Top speed reached was 241km/h – limited by gearing
  • 5.0-litre engine uses a Vortech JL Trim Supercharger and is capable of 700-900 horsepower depending on tune
  • Six microphones were used inside the Mustang to capture all of the unique sounds

Gittin Jnr scared himself many times drifting the Ring.

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

“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.”

 

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.