Subaru BRZ spins into the record books

Car was driven by Alastair Moffatt, who holds six driving records

Published: January 18, 2016, 6:20 AM
Updated: November 23, 2021, 2:51 PM

2013 Subaru BRZ

You can add “world record holder” to the accomplishments’ list for the Subaru BRZ, as the rear-drive sports coupe has set a world record for the tightest 360.

As confirmed by the World Record Academy, the “Tightest 360-degree spin” was performed during Britain’s Autosport International Show, executed by six-time world record holder Alastair Moffatt. The driver holds several stunt driving records, including the tightest reverse parallel park at the wheel of a 5iat 500, a stunt that is a darling of motoring social media.

In order to capture the latest record, Moffatt had to execute a 360-degree manoeuvre between rows of parked cars, in a gap just 2.25 metres more than the length of the car (4235 mm), and had to do it twice. The record was verified by Guinness World Records and a certificate will be issued to commemorate the event.

Many have already pointed out that the manoeuvre wasn’t so much as spin as a complete turning circle (in a spin, the car moves very little from the axis at which the spin takes place), but it was apparently good enough for certification, following two completions of the task.

The turn was achieved at a speed of 48 km/h, and the car had all its driving aids (traction control, anti lock brakes, etc.) turned off.

“Nothing works apart from the steering wheel, clutch and brake.” Concluded Moffatt. “The Subaru BRZ was the perfect car in which to do it — light, highly manoeuvrable and easy to control. It’s great to have another record to my name.”

The BRZ – the only non-all-wheel-drive car in Subaru’s showrooms — is widely acclaimed for its driving dynamics, low centre of gravity and light weight. The 2016 model sells from $27,395 in Canada.