Ex-rally champ breaks ice driving speed record with Bentley (+video)

Ex-rally champ breaks ice driving speed record with Bentley (+video)

Ever been to the Baltic Sea on a family holiday? Don’t worry no one else has either. The Baltic Sea sits off the coast of Finland and becomes a white wasteland of ice and snow during the Northern Hemisphere winter. So what do the folk in the area do with this massive popsicle? Well if you’re local hero Juha Kankkunen, a four-time World Rally Champion, you see an opportunity to do something extreme. What exactly is that? It’s a 200 miles per hour land speed record on ice.

Kankkunen is no stranger to tearing it up in challenging driving conditions. But his rally cars never hit 200 mph and he wasn’t driving them on a 70 centimeter platform of ice, four kilometers away from the Finnish coast. The fast Fin had previously attempted to reach the 200-mph mark, back in 2007 using a Bentley Continental GT. He came up just short, but his official speed of 199.83 mph did best the previous ice speed record of 184 mph, which was set back in 1995 in a Bugatti EB110 Supersport.

This time around, Kankkunen had more extreme hardware in the form of a Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, which boasts 621 horsepower under the bonnet. The only modifications that were made to the car included a roll-cage, snow tyres, a rear parachute and some light aero mods to help with stability.

It required very little distance for Kankkunen and his Bentley to set a new record for driving quickly over ice 205.48 mph (330.5kph).

Check out images and a video below of the ice speed record run.

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