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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fiat 500 Sets World Record!

Alastair Moffatt and Fiat 500C

How agile is the Fiat 500? Nimble enough to set a Guinness World Record for the Tightest Parallel Park that's how! Renowned Stunt Driver Alastair Moffatt demonstrated the maneuverability of the Fiat 500 by spinning the car into a parking space with just 3 inches (7.5cm) to spare!

Using a stock UK spec Fiat 500C Cabrio, Muffet drove up to the parking space at speed from the opposite direction and turned into the space while yanking the parking brake handle, executing a perfect parallel park job.

The Fiat 500 Cult used was equipped with the standard 1.2 L engine and had its ESC (Electronic Stability Control System) disabled so the car could be spun making a handbrake turn. Tire pressure was also adjusted to suit the stadium's road surface and a steering wheel knob added to facilitate one hand operation.

Driving a standard FIAT 500C 1.2 Cult, Moffatt managed to park in a spot just 7.5cm longer overall than the vehicle.

Moffatt, a Master Instructor at Stunt Drive UK, previously set the Guinness World Record for the Tightest Parallel Park at 3.39 inches (8.6cm). Moffatt also has records for Tightest Double Parallel Park and Tightest Triple Parallel Park. This new record was set during the Performance Car Show at the 2015 Autosport International Racing Car Show held January 8-11, at the National Exhibition Center (NEC)in Birmingham, England.

Fiat 500 World Record Parking Job

Moffatt is quoted saying, "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."

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