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Want to drive an Aston on ice? Go to Japan

Aston Martin launches 'Hokkaido On Ice' for most of its cars

Published: 20 Nov 2017
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Ice-driving schools are a heck of a lot of fun. Aston Martin’s current products aren’t exactly dull either. Combining the two ought to be a winner, and that’s precisely what Aston's ‘Hokkaido On Ice’ will do.

As the name suggests, it’s not down the road from Aston HQ, nor is it in Lapland like most other icy driving programmes. Nope, this one’s in Japan, a country whose harsher landscapes might surprise you in their wintriness.

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It runs February 8 to 12 next year, and will feature just about every current Aston bar – perhaps sensibly – the Valkyrie. Equally sensibly, so will lots of stern professional driving instructors.

So the glorious Vanquish S will be there, as will both hard- and soft-top DB11s. It’s a bit of a customer debut for the new DB11 Volante, in a clime you might not expect for a new roadster. Hope they all pack their bobble hats.

If a British car in Arctic conditions doesn’t seem Japanese enough for you, then worry not. There are traditional Japanese beds on offer as well as Onsen baths – a very naked hot tub, essentially. If you’re prudes like us, that sounds way more stressful than sawing at the wheel of a 600bhp supercar on ice…

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