Sixteen-year-old Chloe Chambers has set a new Guinness world record for the Fastest Vehicle Slalom.

Chambers set the record time of 47.45-second behind the wheel of a stock Porsche 718 Spyder.

The car was completely stock, right down to its tyres.

Chambers has seven years of racing experience and currently competes in several karting series.

“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.”

Because her racing experience is mostly in Kart, Chloe had to quickly adapt to driving a car.

Nevertheless, she thrived on the challenge, quickly gaining confidence and finding the right balance, in the process opting for a 718 Spyder equipped with a manual gearbox.

She beat a record set in China in 2018.

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“We couldn’t be more proud that Chloe set the record,” President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Klaus Zellmer, said.

“From the whole Porsche family we send our heartfelt congratulations – we’re pleased to have been able to support Chloe with her ambitious record attempt and share her relief that it was successful.”

Developed by the Porsche Motorsport department, the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder represent the most powerful and engaging variants of the 718 line-up yet created.

Using a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated boxer six-cylinder engine, the 718 Spyder sends up to 309kW at 8000 rpm through a 6-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 30mm lower than a standard 718 Boxster or Cayman, making it the ideal candidate for the record attempt.

The record was broken in August under the supervision of an adjudicator from Guinness World Records on an independently-certified course measured by a surveyor.

The course was laid out on an air strip and consisted of 51 cones equally spaced at 15 metre intervals.

Timekeeping of the record run was conducted by Racelogic.

 

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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