Oulu, Finland — A Bentley Continental GT, driven by four-times World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, smashed the world ice speed record, reaching an average speed of 321.65km/h on frozen sea off the coast of Finland, track ploughed on the ice of the Gulf of Bothnia next to the city of Oulu.
Juha turned the Continental GT around and drove the measured kilometre a second time to fulfil the judge’s requirements, peaking at an incredible 331km/h (206mph).For safety reasons, a rollcage was fitted. Various aerodynamic tweaks were also made by Makela Auto Tuning.
MAT-Team’s record-breaking achievement shows that the spirit of the famous Bentley Boys lives on and is still harnessed by drivers with sufficient skill and courage.
The World’s fastest car on ice event
was organized by Kari Makela, Makela Auto Tuning,
Historic Sports and Racing car specialist.
Jeremy Clarkson guides Army veteran and blind land speed record holder Billy Baxter around the Top Gear track and he comes in at 2:02, faster than Terry Wogan and Richard Whitely who both have sight. His name on the board is written as “Blind Man”.
Andy Frost (an English transmission mechanic) created a monstrous 2200hp beast with a twin turbo 9.3 liter V8. This car has been an ongoing project of his for over 25 years and has morphed into what it is today. He recollects that he’s spent around $150,000 on his project and it can destroy any street legal car on the road in a straight line. It’s 0-60 alone is just 1 second. Just 1.
Jeremy Clarkson takes an Audi A8 Diesel across Great Brittan in an 800 miles trek from London to Edinburgh on one tank of gas . . . this means he will be averaging 40 mpg in a car that can go from 0-60mph in 6 seconds and has a top speed of 150mph. We need these cars in the USA badly!
Here’s the clip . . .it’s very cool . . . you have to see this. . .
Why, when there is so much to risk, do we desire to go fast . . . Jeremy Clarkson explores this question in his documentary about speed on BBC. This is part one of his series called “The Century of Speed.”