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NOTHING GETS INTO A TIGHTER PARKING SPACE THAN A FIAT 500C – AND IT’S IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS TO PROVE IT!
Globally-renowned stunt driver Alastair Moffatt has used a Fiat 500C to reclaim his Guinness World Record* for the Tightest Parallel Park during the Performance Car Show in the UK.
Driving a FIAT 500C 1.2 Alastair was able to execute the astonishing parking manoeuvre, sliding neatly between two FIAT 500S TwinAirs 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 ESC 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. Alistair also added a steering knob to facilitate this extreme driving manoeuvre.
Alastair, 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.
Commenting on his achievement, Alastair 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.”
Kate McLaren for FIAT UK commented, “We’re delighted that Alastair chose the FIAT 500 to reclaim his parking crown and we congratulate him on his remarkable achievement! Obviously, 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 a trained professional.”
The FIAT 500 is the best-selling vehicle in its segment in Europe and in the New Zealand it is available from a recommended retail price of just $19,990 plus on road costs while the open topped Fiat 500C 1.2 cabriolet used in Alastair’s record-breaking parking bid has a recommended retail price of $24,990 plus on road costs.
*Subject to official confirmation.