The Subaru BRZ has etched its name into the Guinness Book of World Records, becoming the record-holder for accomplishing the “tightest 360-degree spin” in the world. Stunt driver and world record holder Alastair Moffat effectively steered the BRZ into the record books at the 2016 Autosport International Show.

Setting world records is nothing new to Moffat, who already has a handful of them in his name, including the “tightest reverse parallel park” and “tightest parallel park”. But, unlike those records that he set with old Mini Coopers or Fiat 500s, he used a 14-foot BRZ for a record-breaking attempt that involved driving between two rows of parked cars 2.25 meters apart and performing a full 360-degree spin and continue driving without touching any of the vehicles. The existing record was 2.5 meters, which was achieved in 2014.

Making things a little bit trickier for Moffat was that he was going to drive a rear-wheel drive BRZ in the attempt, far different than the front-wheel drive vehicles that were used in setting the old records. But, Moffat didn’t earn the moniker of world’s greatest car parker by just being good at what he does. He earned it because he’s the best at it, and he proved it once again by successfully performing the stunt and securing the world record for himself and the BRZ.

It’s hardly the most impressive record to be a part of, but if you watch the video and see Moffat and the BRZ in action, it’s actually pretty impressive in it of itself. So yeah, congratulations are in order for the world’s ace parker and the always engaging BRZ.

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Why it matters

It is a world record and a Guinness Book-certified one at that, so I guess it’s a big deal. Maybe I’m just being a little bit of a scrooge here because there are so many record attempts happening in the industry these days that it’s become really hard to determine which record is impressive and which ones are worthy of a shoulder shrug.

Granted, I’ve seen the video and I think what Moffat accomplished is pretty difficult. I’ve personally never done it, nor do I have any plans of doing it in the future. But, it’s just not as impressive as some of his other world records, especially those that involve parallel parking in obnoxiously little spaces. Those records are incredible.

This one just doesn’t seem that hard for Moffat’s abilities and the stunt driver himself seems to have achieved it without any sort of issues. But, like I said, it’s a world record. Nobody’s going to take that away from the driver and his car, until another driver in another car does it. For now, let’s celebrate the fact that there’s a new world record and that a car like the feisty Subaru BRZ is a part of it.

Seems like Subaru’s boxer-engined sports coupe has come quite far since making its debut in 2012. Back then, it was just a sports coupe. Now, it’s in the business of setting world records.

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Press Release

Subaru has again demonstrated the agility and precision handling prowess of its rear-wheel drive BRZ sportscar by securing the Guinness World Record for the ‘Tightest 360° spin’. The record was secured at the Autosport International Show over the weekend, with the BRZ in capable hands of former world record holder Alastair Moffat.

Stunt-driver ace Alastair Moffatt broke the previous 2.5-metre Guinness World Record, which was achieved in 2014, by flicking the BRZ into a 360° spin between two obstacles in Autosport International’s Live Action Arena.

Moffatt has previous experience setting daring Guinness World Records, including ‘Tightest Reverse Parallel Park’ and ‘Tightest Parallel Park’, the latter established at the 2015 Autosport show.

The 4.24-metre-long Subaru BRZ is renowned for its low centre of gravity – lower than many high-end supercars – and naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre ‘Boxer’ engine, making the BRZ one of the most exciting and engaging cars on the road

In order for Alastair to have maximise control over the car throughout the manoeuvre, the traction control was switched off and ABS disengaged. Moffat was keen to try the attempt in the BRZ, given its combination of lightweight, rear wheel drive and highly controllable chassis. He said after the shows: “The Subaru BRZ was the perfect car in which to do it; light, highly manoeuvrable and easy to control. It’s great to have another record to my name”.

With rear-wheel drive and a Torsen limited slip differential fitted as standard, the BRZ is available from £22,495.

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