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Motoring Guinness World Records

Author: Sam Allibone

  

World's Longest Car

World's Longest Car

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In California, Jay Ohrberg designed the world's longest car in 1986, measuring an astonishing 30.5m (100ft) long. Inside, the vehicle contains a king-size water bed and swimming pool complete with a diving board, whilst on the exterior it is possible to land a helicopter on the rear helipad. It drives like a normal limousine, although Ohrberg engineered it to bend in the middle, much like a bendy-bus. It was intended to be used for films and displays.

 

World's Hairiest Car

Video Courtesy of Barcroft Cars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=4-0d1HlTwQw  

In Italy on March 15th 2014, Maria Lucia Mugno and Valentino Stassano were given the Hairiest Car award for their Fiat 500. The car was covered entirely in natural hair which, when weighed at a public weighbridge, came in at 120kg (19 Stone). That can't be good for the MPG!

 

World's Lightest Car

World's Lightest Car

The lightest car in the world weighs only 9.5kg and belongs to Louis Borsi from London. To reduce weight, the car has a tiny 2.5cc engine, which is capable of doing 15mph. It might not quite fast enough for today's roads, but it's a nifty award to hold nonetheless.

 

World's Longest Custom Banana Car

World's Longest Custom Banana Car

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In 2009, Steve Braithwaite began construction on the banana car. He used a 1993 Ford F-150 pick-up truck chassis and built the banana on top out of rebar, chicken wire, polyurethane foam and covered in fibreglass. In 2011 he completed it, with a length at a grand total of 6.97m (22ft). It can reach a top speed of 85 mph and 8 miles to the gallon. It cost £16,000 to make at the time.

 

World's Tightest Car Parallel Parking

World's Tightest Parallel Parking

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A 7.5cm (2.95 inches) gap is all it took for Alastair Moffatt to parallel park his Fiat 500C between two cars. The stunt was performed at the AutoSport International Show at the NEC in Birmingham in January 2015.

 

World's Longest Continuous Car Skid

World's Longest Continuous Car Skid

When Norman Craig Breedlove lost control of his jet-powered car, it left a 6-mile long skidmark which awarded it the longest continuous car skid. However, this was on private land; for public road, the record was set in 1960. A Jaguar car was involved in a collision on the M1 in Bedfordshire, leaving a skidmark of 290m. During the subsequent investigation, it was found that the driver was speeding in excess of 100mph before he applied the brakes.

 

World's Largest Car Seat

World's Largest Car Seat

Hemhofen Primary School in Germany purchased the car seat in 2004 at auction. It was measured in 2006 to be 3.4m, 2.17m wide and 2.54m deep.

 

 

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