Bartosz Ostalowski now holds the world record for the fastest drift ever in a foot-driven car.
Polish drift god Bartosz Ostalowski is now a world record-holder. Last month, Ostalowski set a Guinness World Record for the fastest drift ever in a foot-driven car. Bartosz set the record by initiating the slide at a terrifying 172 mph, holding it through a 165-foot measuring zone, clocking a record-breaking 143.9 mph.
After losing his arms in an accident in 2006, he decided he wasn't going to be slowed down by his disability and continued a career in motorsports.
Bartosz set the record in his BMW M3 drift car, which he uses to compete in the Polish Drift Championship. The car is an absolute monster, and Ostalowski drives it using one foot for the throttle, his shoulders for the brakes and gearing, and his left foot to steer.
The record attempt was held at Pila Airport in Poland. During his slide, Ostalowski managed a maximum drift angle of 60 degrees, a seriously steep angle that any Formula Drift driver would be impressed with. Due to the high speeds Bartosz managed, he also broke another record - the Polish record for the fastest drift.
The previous record-holder, Jakub Przygonski, managed a 135.4 mph slide. Bartosz beat the record with two fewer arms by nearly 10 miles an hour. Mad respect.
Evidently, the record impressed some other drivers, including Fernando Alonso, who took to Instagram to congratulate Bartosz on his accomplishment.
We noticed during the run that Bartosz had to take off the wing, likely to hit the necessary speed to break the record.
The M3 drift car had its part to play as well. Bartosz's car doesn't use the original M3 V8, instead using a 7.0-liter LS3 V8 to make a healthy 1,000 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque.
In Ostalowski's case, a ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox was necessary, though he does change the gears himself thanks to a harness on his right shoulder.
Ostalowski continues to compete in the Polish Drift Championship with his M3.