Earlier this month, we brought you video of Chinese driver Han Yue breaking the Guinness World Record for the tightest parallel parking job. After beginning with a successful run of 22 centimeters (8.7 inches), Yue kept going until he was able to squeeze his MINI Cooper Chinese Job edition into a parking space with just 15 centimeters (5.9 inches) to spare.
While Yue made the trick look deceptively easy, this behind-the scenes video proves how much training and practice actually went into the record attempt. Before Yue graduated to parking between cars, he swatted a lot of parking cones into the weeds and burned through more than one set of tires.
Even after the stunt driver progressed to parking between cars, there was the occasional trading of paint and displaced turn signal lens. That’s not surprising when you consider that the traction on the course varied nearly every time Yue grabbed the hand brake and turned the wheel.
We were impressed with Yue’s skill and timing before we saw this “making of” video, but we’re even more impressed now. We won’t be challenging his record anytime soon, but if MINI wants to loan us a trio of cars (and a few dozen cones), we’d be happy to practice this style of parallel parking. Assuming, of course, we could find a tire sponsor first.