47.45 seconds to slalom 51 cones
Breaks 2018 record, set in stock Porsche 718
16-year-old karter Chloe Chambers has just set a record for fastest vehicle slalom, driving a new Porsche 718 Spyder through a 51-cone slalom on an otherwise empty runway.
Chambers made the run in 47.45 seconds, setting a new Guinness World Record for Fastest Vehicle Slalom. While young, the driver has seven years experience racing already 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.”
Chambers had to adapt her driving from kart to 718, but quickly got the hang of it. The 718 was factory stock, including tires, and yes, the Porsche had a manual gearbox. The record broken was set in China in 2018.
The slalom record involves 51 cones spaced equally at 50-foot (15.24m) intervals. The track was measured by a surveyor and the attempt was supervised by a Guinness official.
There is a video of the event, and it shows, like many of the fastest laps, shockingly little drama. If you’ve ever done a long slalom, like in an autocross, you’ve never done anything like this. The difference between a three or four cone slalom and one with 50 is enough g-force to make us nauseous just thinking about it.