Wake up. Slide around for a few hours in a fast car, with little fear of hitting anything, until the sun sets. Eat some delicious reindeer and drink some premium-strength lager beneath the aurora borealis. Bed.
That, in my head, is how a typical day in the life of a car engineer in Lapland pans out. That’s because, in my head, being a cold-weather engineer is one of the very best jobs in the world.
“It’s a driver’s dream to come here,” confirms Jaguar’s Phil Talboys, ensuring my bubble isn’t burst just yet. “You go on the lake and come off feeling like Ari Vatanen every time!”
Photography: Dom Romney & Chris Brown
This feature was originally published in the March 2016 issue of Top Gear magazine.