Vaughn Gittin, Jr. took the solid-axle Mustang sideways for 6,285 feet

Vaughn Gittin, Jr. took the solid-axle Mustang sideways for 6,285 feet

Imagine burning rubber, sideways, for almost 1.2 miles, and you'll know what it's like to be Vaughn Gittin, Jr. He hopped into a 'nearly stock' 2010 Ford Mustang GT and slid the muscle car 6,285 feet to set an unofficial new world record.

A bit of criticism of the previous record holder's 'big donuts' method of drifting aside, Gittin's run to the top of the drift leaderboard was pretty low-key.

The crew of 0-60 Magazine took the opportunity to set the record with Gittin at the helm last December at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the drift extravaganza was that the Falken Azenis ST-155 withstood the thrashing without cording, delaminating or simply disintegrating under the strain - over a mile of smoke-pouring high-slip-angle muscle-car dorifto is enough to shred any tire.

The Guinness Book of World Records hasn't yet certified the attempt, but it's on video, so they expect the title to pass their way soon.