Parallel parking is one of the driving skills needed to obtain a driver’s license in most states. Student drivers often spend weeks knocking over cones and garbage cans before perfecting the combination of vehicle positioning and steering angle necessary to produce the desired results.
If China’s Han Yue taught drivers how to parallel park, we suspect he’d have little trouble in keeping his students’ full attention. As you can see in the video above, Yue just set the officially certified Guinness World Record for the tightest parallel parking job ever achieved.
After beating Patrik Folco’s world record of 22 cm (8.7 inches) by sliding a MINI Cooper Chinese Job edition into a space with 21 cm (8.3 inches) to spare, Yue just kept on going until he had achieved a new world record that will prove hard to beat. By the end of the session, Yue had parked his car with just 15 cm (5.9 inches) to spare.
Do we even need to tell you not to try this at home, even if you have access to the three cars required? While it looks easy enough on video, we assure you that there’s some serious wheelman skill required to pull this off without denting body panels or curbing wheels.
Yue’s skills don’t necessarily translate into real-world driving, since parking is only half the equation. Sure, Yue can slide a MINI into a spot with just six inches to spare, but he’s not getting out of the same spot without trading some serious paint.