Many people can say they nearly failed their driver’s test thanks to the parallel parking segment. Those same people probably continue driving around until they find an easier place to pull into rather than do the back-and-forth of a parallel park.
Given that it’s a challenging job, when someone edges into a tight parallel parking space, it is impressive. When someone does it with only a few inches of leeway on either side, it’s jaw dropping. When someone does it at high speed with one simple move, it’s nearly unbelievable.
Enter Han Yue.
According to the Guinness Book of World records parallel parking is one of the most volatile records it has. This record has passed hands five times in the last two years with the most recent victor was named just yesterday.
Just last month Patrik Folco parked in a space that was only 22 centimeters (8.66 inches) longer than the vehicle he was driving. Guinness wrote it seemed to be a record that “looked unlikely to be broken.” That was, until Yue got behind the wheel of a special edition Mini Cooper, aptly named for the task “The Chinese Job.”
Yue now holds an even more impressive record sliding into a space far smaller than Folco’s. It was only 15 cm (5.91 in) larger than his car. This means Yue, if perfectly centered, had less than three inches on either side. Not only that, but he doesn’t pull in slowly either. He whips the car into position.
Check it out:
Although only an elite few have this such talent that will come in handy in crowded urban environments, what about the drivers in front of and behind these cars that have now really wedged them in?
[H/T Hyper Vocal]