The Nürburgring is one of the most popular motorsports complexes in all of Germany. One of its most iconic tracks is called the Nordschleife, which is German for "North Loop." Typically used for racing, the Nordschleife is also known for being particularly treacherous (its nickname, after all, is the Green Hell) due to its seriously sharp turns that have caused quite a few gnarly crashes in their day. Of course, these sharp turns also happen to be perfect for drifting.
That's where Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. comes into play. In a video posted by Ford Performance back in September 2018, Gittin, joined by a massive staff of filmmakers and logisticians, took to the Nordschleife in a 900-horsepower supercharged Ford Mustang RTR drift car (Gittin's own creation, by the way) for some pretty epic drifting. As it turns out, Gittin became the first person to ever drift the entire 12.9-mile Nordschleife. How's that for an insane stunt?
You've got to check out this footage, because the quality is absolutely incredible. Seriously, stop what you're doing and watch it right now. Have you watched it yet? No? Well, what are you waiting for?! Press play!
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In the comments for an Instagram post promoting the incredible stunt, Gittin pointed out that drifting the entire 12.9-mile long lap "took a few sets" of tires.
Yeah, I'd say that sounds just about right.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. Career Highlights
Vaughn Gittin's extreme driving style has made him one of the most popular drifters in the United States. He currently competes in Formula Drift, driving a Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR. The 39-year-old world champion drifter and Maryland native has been kicking ass and taking names for quite some time though. With one Formula Drift championship under his belt, Gittin has the second most wins in Formula Drift history with 10, and also has racked up 22 career podiums.
With a career spanning nearly 20 years, the RTR Motorsports owner has raced and drifted in a number of different leagues, including Ultra4 Racing and World Drift Series. He even had a short stint as a NASCAR racer. In 2011, Gittin launched "Octane Academy" along with Ken Block, Brian Deegan, and Tanner Foust. Clearly, this guy keeps good company!
Judging from his accomplishments and lifestyle, it's easy to see why Gittin describes himself as a "professional fun-haver."
This post was originally published on September 25, 2018.