Doing the cone slalom is one of those things, like oval-racing, that is deceptive in its simplicity. Driving back and forth is easy, but it becomes a lot harder fast. And now Porsche has set a new world record in slaloming.
The Porsche 718 Spyder is the fastest unmodified production car ever to go through the 50-cone slalom with a time of 47.45 seconds.
The record was set by 16-year-old American driver Chloe Chambers. The accomplished Karter beat the previous record of 48.114 set by a Chevrolet Camaro RS in 2018 by Jia Qiang.
“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,” said Chambers, in a statement. “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.”
The slalom is a good test of a car’s competence because of the quick back and forth action that highlights any tendencies towards oversteer or understeer. The weight transferring to and fro also magnifies the impacts of weight transfer, which can quickly throw a car out of balance.