Nurburg, Germany - For obvious reasons, drifting around the Nurburgring isn’t allowed; it’s usually crowded with drivers of varying capabilities, all going as fast as they can, so there just isn’t room to throw it safely sideways.
But once in a while somebody like champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr pitches up with his 660kW Ford Performance 5.0 Aluminator XS powered Ford Mustang RTR, and rules tend to get broken - or at least badly bent.
“The Nordschleife is one of the most iconic circuits in the world,” he said, “I’ve been in love with the danger and folklore of the ‘Green Hell’ since I can remember. I went there in 2013 and promised myself then that one day I would come back to drift all the way round.
“That, to me, is the ultimate challenge: a lot of people question whether it’s possible and whether the car would survive - so I had to find out.”
Some drivers have drifted sections of the Nordschleife, including two drivers doing drift demos during a race weekend, but Gittin was the first to try drifting the whole 20.7 kilometre lap.