Mauro Calo, a professional test/demonstration driver at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, England, set a new Guinness World Record for drifting this weekend in a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Calo, who also hones his precision driving skills as part the operation's Silver Arrows Display team, kept the rear tires lit for nearly eight laps around the circular skidpad at the facility, managing a 1.43-mile continuous powerslide before the right rear tire finally shredded and put an end to the fun. His effort eclipsed the existing Guinness mark by nearly a quarter mile -- a feat accomplished in 2008 by Vaughn Gittin Jr. in a Ford Mustang GT at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Andrew Mallery, Commercial Operations Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars commented: "When Mauro approached us to hold his record breaking attempt on the circuit at Mercedes-Benz World we were happy to offer him the support. He has been a valuable member of the driving experience team for several years and is a respected driver in the industry, so there was no doubt he would achieve his aim." Next up on Calo's to-do list? Attempting to set a new world top speed mark for driving while blindfolded. It remains to be seen whether M-B steps up with a venue for that challenge.