BIRMINGHAM: Stunt driver Alastair Moffatt has reclaimed his Guinness World Record for the Tightest Parallel Park during the Performance Car Show at the 2015 Autosport International Racing Car Show.
The show was held from Jan 8 to Jan 11 here.
Driving a Fiat 500C 1.2 Cult, Moffatt was able to execute the astonishing parking manoeuvre, sliding neatly between a Fiat 500S TwinAir 105hp and a Fiat 500C Colour Therapy TwinAir 85hp, with a mere 7.5cm to spare.
The vehicles used are all completely standard, with no modifications made the engines, gearboxes, chassis or brakes.
The ESC (electronic stability control) had to be disconnected to allow the Fiat 500 to be controlled using the handbrake, and the tyre pressures were also increased to compensate for the abrasiveness of the surface.
Moffatt also added a steering knob to facilitate this extreme driving manoeuvre.
Moffatt, a Master Instructor at Stunt Drive UK, previously held the Guinness World Record for the Tightest Parallel Park at 8.6cm and also has records for Tightest Double Parallel Park and Tightest Triple Parallel Park.
Moffatt noted, “It’s wonderful to have my record back! With the gap getting ever smaller, finding the right vehicle is increasingly important, so the light weight, agility, dimensions and parking-friendly shape of the Fiat 500 makes it perfect to getting into even the tightest parking spots.”
The Fiat 500 is the best-selling vehicle in its segment in Europe.