On the 21st of August 2020, 16 year-old karting ace Chloe Chambers set the world record for the fastest slalom with the assistance of Porsche Cars North America. Using the Porsche 718 Spyder, she was able to set an impressive time of 47,45 seconds.
Now that we have the Porsche 718 Spyder on test, we figured we’d have a go at this rather challenging record at Killarney Raceway with Deon Joubert at the wheel.
For reference, the Porsche 718 Spyder is Stuttgart’s special edition open-top sportscar based on the Boxster. The model uses a naturally aspirated 4,0-litre flat-six petrol mill that delivers 309 kW and 420 N.m of torque to the rear wheels. In this unit, power is transmitted via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Keeping things light, the Porsche 718 Spyder, boasts a lightweight convertible top that Porsche describes as being “suitable for everyday use” since it can be stowed away under the boot lid in “just a few steps”. Unlike the GT4, the 718 Spyder has a rear spoiler that extends automatically at 120 km/h. Thanks to its functional diffuser, it is the first model in the Boxster family to generate aerodynamic downforce at the rear axle.