As people spend more and more time indoors because of the pandemic, they are doing all manner of things, from baking sourdough bread to learning how to play musical instruments that they had to pull out of the closet where they abandoned them years earlier.
But then there’s Leh Keen.
He decided to set a Guinness World Record: setting a speed record for a vehicle indoors.
The indoor space he chose was not a rec room that hadn’t been used since the kids were small.
Rather, it was Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, which has the largest contiguous-space exhibit hall, of about 1-million square feet.
The vehicle in question Keen selected was a Porsche Taycan Turbo S, an all-electric car that provides 750 hp and has four-wheel drive. The car has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds.
Here’s something you probably didn’t think about because you’ve not driven in a convention center space.
The polished concrete floor is slippery.
Keen: “The surface is so unpredictable, so slick, that you have to have complete trust in your car. It truly was like ice – and you’re accelerating flat out, facing a really hard wall at the end. Suddenly, even in a massive space like the one we had, it seems very small.”
The requirement for the record was to start from a standstill and to come to a complete stop.
There are no safety nets. No open doors to escape through if things go badly.
The record was 86 mph. It stood for seven years.
Keen made the run—and the record—with 102 mph.
He said, “102 mph inside a building. What was I thinking?”–gsv