16-year old sets new world record for fastest vehicle slalom in the 718 Spyder

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Chloe Chambers with the Porsche 718 Spyder. (Image: Porsche)

16-year-old Chloe Chambers made history recently by achieving a 47.45-second run, setting a new benchmark pace in an exercise that tests both driver and vehicle. She achieved this feat behind the wheel of a 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder, which was completely stock, right down to its tires. Chambers, who has seven years of racing experience, currently competes in several karting series. By the way, she opted for a 718 Spyder with a manual gearbox. Good on you, Chloe! She beat a record previously set in China, back in 2018.

“It looks easy, but it’s really not – to weave between 50 cones as fast as possible, trying to beat a record time and knowing I couldn’t touch a single one for the run to count – I definitely felt the pressure,” Chambers said. “Everything came together on my final run; the car worked beautifully and I found the grip I needed. Thank you to my family and to Porsche for supporting and believing in me.”

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Developed by the Porsche Motorsport department, the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder are the most powerful variants of the 718 line-up ever. Using a 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated, boxer six-cylinder engine, the 718 Spyder sends up to 410bhp at 8,000 rpm through a six-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels. True to its Motorsport roots, the 718 Spyder uses a track-bred Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) setup with adaptive dampers, helper springs on the rear axle and a ride height that is 30 mm lower than a standard 718 Boxster or Cayman, making it the ideal candidate to set the new Guinness World Records record.

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Porsche officials tell us the record was broken in August under the supervision of an adjudicator from Guinness World Records. It was conducted on an independently-certified course measured by a surveyor. The course was laid out on an airstrip and consisted of 51 cones equally spaced at 50-foot intervals. Timekeeping of the record run was conducted by Racelogic.