Abarth 124 Spider nabs Guinness World Record

Drop-top sports car achieves ‘fastest figure of eight five times between two cars’.

The Abarth 124 Spider is now a Guinness World Record holder, teaming up with stunt driver Alastair Moffatt to achieve the feat.

Piloting a standard 124 Spider, Moffatt completed five figure eight maneuvers in succession between two other Abarth 124 Spiders, in a record 45.66 seconds.

No mechanical modifications had been made to the record-breaking vehicle, though its ESP system had been switched off so Moffatt could control it using the handbrake, and tyre pressures had been raised to compensate for the abrasive road surface surface.

Alastair Moffatt is an instructor at Stunt Drive UK, and holds multiple Guinness World Records including the ‘Tightest Reverse Parallel Park’ and ‘Tightest Single Parallel Park’.

The record was actually set during the 2018 Chateau Impney Hill Climb in July, though it has only now been officially recognised by the world record organisation.

“It’s wonderful to have set this record! Finding the right vehicle is increasingly important for these record attempts, so the light weight, agility and rear wheel drive of the Abarth 124 spider made it the perfect choice,” Moffatt said.

Meanwhile, Abarth UK spokesperson, Gerry Southerington, added: “We congratulate Alastair on his remarkable achievement. We don’t recommend that people attempt such amazing stunts in public, but it’s good to know that the Abarth 124 spider is incredibly maneuverable in the hands of a trained professional”.