Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rally champ sets world speed record on ice

Four-time Finnish world rally champion Juha Kankkunen has set a new world speed record on sheet ice.
The Finn drove a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible on the frozen waters of the Baltic Sea at 205.48mph, smashing his own previous world record of 199.83mph set in 2007 in a Continental GT.
The runs were conducted in -30 degree weather along a 1000m straight, in the V12 Bentley running on biofuel.
The SS featured a fully welded heavy-duty roll cage, Pirelli winter tyres and a rear-bumper mounted parachute in case of emergency.
"200mph came up after 5km", Kankkunen said, "then it was just a question of getting everything right in the timing zone."
Click through for the pics. Somehow, your M25 morning commute doesn't offer the same... thrill, no?

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