Ice speed record falls again... to an RS6
572bhp saloon with studded tyres beats Bentley SS from last month. When will it end?
Posted: 09 Mar 2011
An Audi RS6 with studded tyres has claimed the world record for the fastest speed on ice.
Nokian Tyres test driver Janne Laitinen drove a standard Audi RS6 - equipped with his firm's studded tyres - to a new high of 206.05mph on the Gulf of Bothnia in Oulu, Finland.
Speaking to TopGear.com, Nokian said: “We’ve registered the event with Guinness. We had two FIA-certified independent officials observing and witnessing the event.”
Just last month rally champ Juha Kankkunen drove a Bentley Continental SS across the frozen waters of the Baltic Sea at 205.48mph.
The RS6's run was recorded along an 8.7 mile ice track in, obviously, freezing conditions.
Sure, hooning across ice at breakneck speeds is a barrel of laughs, but it's a bit...well, you know. Unless of course, it's an indicator of a dastardly, ice-age future. After all, TG's recent first drives of the Audi RS3 and Ferrari FF have also been on the frozen stuff...