• Stunt driver claims parking record
WHAT A TIGHT SQUEEZE: Stunt driver Alastair Moffatt slides a Fiat 500C between two of its siblings, with a mere 7.5cm to spare, at the 2015 Autosport International Racing Car Show in England. Image: Newspress
• Fiat 500C slides into supertight spot
• No modifications allowed
BIRMINGHAM, England - Stunt driver Alastair Moffatt reclaimed his Guinness World Record* for the Tightest Parallel Park at the 2015 Autosport International Racing Car Show (Jan 8) in Birmingham, England.
Driving a Fiat 500C 1.2 Cult, Moffatt was able to slide between a Fiat 500S and a Fiat 500C with a mere 7.5cm to spare.
The vehicles used are all completely standard, with no modifications made to the engines, gearboxes, chassis or brakes.
The electronic stability control had to be disconnected to allow the Fiat 500 to be controlled using the handbrake and 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, an instructor at Stunt Drive UK, previously held the Guinness World Record for the Tightest Parallel Park (8.6cm to spare) and has records for Tightest Double Parallel Park and Tightest Triple Parallel Park.
VIDEO: Alastair Moffatt's Fiat 500C parking record
He said: "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 spot.”
Fiat UK's Kate McLaren, commented: "We’re delighted that he chose a Fiat 500 to reclaim his parking crown and we congratulate him on his remarkable achievement. We don’t recommend that people attempt such amazing manoeuvres in public but it’s good to know just how manoeuvrable a Fiat 500 really is in the hands of aprofessional.”
*Subject to official confirmation.