A team of gymnasts is looking to beat last year’s world record by somehow fitting 28 people in a modern Mini Cooper.
The women will gather tomorrow at Potter Fields Park in London for Guinness World Record Day. There, they will contort themselves into the car—they’ve been practicing at a local Mini dealership, apparently—to break their own record they set last year, 27 people. The previous record before that was 24 people in the U.K. These women ostensibly pulled a Kobayashi in the world of fitting how-many-into-what-car. After breaking the world record last year, they started picking up their game, stretching more to become more flexible for this year’s attempt.
To become a part of history, the Guinness Book of World Records states participants in car-stuffing have to be at least five feet tall and be in the car for a minimum of five seconds with all windows and sunroofs in the car completely closed.
But they’re not just settling for a record in the new-style Mini; they’re going to try to fit 22 people into the considerably smaller classic Mini that was first produced in 1959. The world record for that is 25, but those people who set that record in 1999 didn’t adhere to Guinness rules, which state that the car must remain as-is, and no body parts can be hanging out. Still, the original car is more than two feet shorter than the current one. It’s not saddled with the burden of safety equipment that takes some interior space.
The women aren’t just doing this for fun. Their efforts are also aimed to raise awareness and fundraise for the BBC’s Children in Need campaign that raises money for disadvantaged youths in the U.K. So it’s not a stretch to say that they may be bending over backwards to reach their goal, but at least the women are doing it for a good cause.
We’ve linked the video of last year’s record attempt below to show how they squeezed 27 people and how challenging it’s going to be to add one more.