BMW’s M235i Drift Mob Conquers South Africa

m235iBMW seems excited about its new M235i. The automaker wants you to be excited about the car as well. Since we’re dealing with a powerful, rear-wheel-drive coupe, it makes sense that to get you excited about the car, it might want to show one getting extremely sideways. BMW is thinking bigger than that though, because its taken five drivers, five cars, and formed a Drift Mob.

The scene unfolds in South Africa, at a large roundabout with plenty of onlookers standing by. The road is shut down and the drivers get to work ruining tires, marking up asphalt, and generally showing off some serious skills in the world of car control.

The shenanigans continue for a bit with the moves getting more precise. Eventually though, the action comes to a halt and the “cop” hops into one of the rides. The onlookers are left to wonder what the heck they just saw, while BMW dealers across the globe quietly wait for Internet orders to start flowing in.

How exactly does a stunt like that come together? I’m glad you asked…

BMW released a behind the scenes video to highlight how the Drift Mob came to be. It features a bit of insight from the likes of Rhys Millen, Sam Hübinette, and Conrad Grunewald. Dai Yoshihara and Rich Rutherford also chime in as well, and every driver involved is clearly a master at this craft.

Riley Harper is the stunt coordinator for the entire ordeal. He mentions that the drivers all grew up racing and drifting together, so the crew is a natural fit for a shoot like this. As good as the footage was in the actual video, it’s great to see the same level of detail and cinematography applied to this behind the scenes look. Additionally, it’s always nice to peel back the sheen of a finished product and see how it was produced.