One of the most popular world records over recent years has been the hotly contested tightest parallel parking title.  The record has changed hands five times in the past two years, with the video of German driving ace Ronny Wechselberger ‘s successful attempt last year becoming something of an internet sensation with viewing figures hitting the millions.  When Patrik Folco neatly slid his way into a gap measuring just 22 cm (8.66 in) longer than the car he was driving last month, it set a benchmark that looked unlikely to be broken.

However, the record has indeed once again been smashed, this time by Chinese master wheelman Han Yue.  Han last week managed to shave off an incredible 7cm from the record, drifting into a space of just 15 cm (5.91 in) longer than his vehicle, during an attempt at the launch in Beijing, of a new special edition of the Mini called The Chinese Job.