Setting a new record, especially a world record, has been a way for carmakers to advertise the capabilities not just of their cars, but also of their organizations as well. Fiat is nothing new to setting new world records, and its most recent feat was certified by none other than the Guinness World Record. This new Guinness World Record was for achieving the 'fastest figure of eight, five times between two cars,' as set by a Fiat 124 Abarth Spider.
Fiat made the world record attempt during the 2018 Chateau Impney Hill Climb in July this year. Two Fiat 124 Abarth spiders were placed in a distance from each other, serving as large markers. A Fiat 124 Abarth stunt car was on standby, with Alastair Moffatt -- a world-renowned stunt driver and world record-holder -- behind its steering wheel. All Moffatt has to do was to maneuver the stunt car in a figure of eight between the two Fiat 124 Abarth spider markers five times in a row without a slip.
Then, Moffatt commenced the stunt. He executed the figure-of-eight sliding maneuver neatly between the two cars. He did it five times in close succession, and completed the entire stunt in just 45.66 seconds. In the process, Moffatt and the Fiat 124 Abarth achieved a new Guinness World Record for the 'fastest figure of eight, five times between two cars.'
While the record attempt was done in July 2018, it was only until recently that the Guinness World Records officially recognized the feat.
Interestingly, the Fiat 214 Abarth spider that was used as the stunt car for the record attempt wasn’t modified. Its engine, transmission, brakes and chassis didn’t receive any modification to make the Fiat 214 Abarth spider more capable to break the record. It was powered by a 1.4 MultiAir Turbo engine that delivers 170 hp of peak output, allowing it to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds and achieve a max speed of 144 mph.
Nonetheless, the electronic stability program (ESP) of Fiat 214 Abarth spider was turned off during the stunt, in order to allow Moffatt ro have full control of the car using the handbrake. In addition, the tire pressures of the stunt car were increased prior to the stunt to make up for the abrasive nature of the surface.
Aside from this new feat, Moffatt also holds a number of Guinness World Records, which includes records for the 'Tightest Reverse Parallel Park' and 'Tightest Single Parallel Park.' Moffatt, currently a Master Instructor at Stunt Drive UK, remarked that the Fiat 124 Abarth spider – with its light weight, agility and rear wheel drive – is the perfect choice for setting a new Guinness World Record.