Electronic nannies have become so prevalent in cars that they've even taken over even the simple act of parking. Luxury cars have offered parallel parking assist systems for a while now, but these days you can get automatic parking tech on cars as mainstream as the Ford Focus.

Mini has set out to show that human beings can still do some things better than machines. It recently held a promotional event in China for the debut of a new version of its hatchback called "The Chinese Job," where the car in question was used to set the Guinness World Record for the tightest parallel parking job. Two drivers with apparent stunt skills were used, and suffice it to say, breaking the record was no sweat for them.

Using a handbrake maneuver to deftly slide the car into place, the first man to make an attempt set the new record at a combined distance of just 21 centimeters left between his Mini hatchback and two Clubman models. The second gentleman proceeded to one-up his counterpart by breaking the record again at 20 cm. Proving how important pride is to the Chinese people, this one-upmanship continued in single centimeter intervals until the new record was set, and left, at just 15 cm as certified by an official representative from Guinness World Records. The name of the man behind the wheel was Han Yue, and the prior record he broke was 21 cm set by Patrik Folco in Italy just a little more than a month earlier.

Scroll down to watch the tit-for-tat record-breaking that went on for yourself, and join us in wondering why those automatic park systems don't parallel park like this with a running start and 180-degree drift.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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        bofdem
        • 2 Years Ago
        Asian drivers can't drive. This is rice-drifting with e-brake
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      What would have been more fun to watch would be the clips of the guys who smashed into the other minis
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mr Han is win.
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      Jonathan Arena
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why did he stop at 15? Keep going till you hit something!
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        maybe 14's like an unlucky number to the chinese
          telm12345
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kahz
          Actually it is. The word for "four" is the same as "death". In fact they avoid it in buildings in the way we avoid 13. So maybe.
      Hugo Amarilla
      • 2 Years Ago
      now i wanna see this guy taking it out of there!!!
      motoramic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn....that is some skills!!! In my younger years, I use to park in such tight spaces like that but with traditional back in and forward. It took me a while to get in a space like that but today I wouldn't do it! People might get piss...
      Kevin Gu
      • 2 Years Ago
      The cars that he parked between are not Clubman (Clubmen?).
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Electronic nannies have become so prevalent in cars that they've even taken over even the simple act of parking" not proof-reading again are we eh??
      Tony Fitts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those blue cars are not Clubman models. The Clubman has a much more squared-off tail, a second "half-door" on the right side of the car, and the double "barn-doors" at the rear. The black cars in the background look like Clubmans. The blue ones are hatchbacks, just like the red one. That error aside, I was depressed to see how pitiful my parallel parking skills are compared to those shown by these guys. If only the streets in my neighborhood were wide enough for that kind of turn ;)
      bofdem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chinese equipment. It's actually 15 feet on real measuring tools.
      Tim
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is just BS. Should be just like a land speed record you have to go both ways. Parking is useless if you cant leave. The record should only be valid if they can pull out.
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