Tuesday, February 22, 2011

330km/h Speed Record Set - On Ice!

Off the coast of Finland, on the frozen Baltic Sea, a pretty amazing feat has taken place recently. No, I'm not talking about ice fishermen having inappropriate relations with a whale; I'm talking about the new ice-speed record being set by Juha Kankkunen, a four-time world rally champion.

The supercar he was driving was the world's fastest convertible - the Bentley Continental GT - and as the title of this post suggests, 330km/h is the record that was set. 

As you might assume, certain necessary modifcations were done to the Bentley to make it suitable for the freezing conditions, which dipped as low as -30C. These included installing Pirelli winter tires, a rear parachute, and a roll-cage.

Only 4.8 km was needed before hitting the record speed on the 16.5 km course. A representative with Guiness World Records was on hand to verify the achievement.

For those interested in seeing the video, (which I think is pretty goddamn awesome) here it is:

38 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful car.... good to know it performs great too!

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  2. rite video at rite time..The roads are too icy here

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  3. wow this is so badass I wish to race on the ice one day!

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  4. lol u live in an area without ponds that freeze. thats rough. sweet car

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  5. That's neat and incredible, what a car?.....but lets have more on the inappropiate relations with whales

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  6. That is crazy fast. I wonder how long it took to slow down, even with that rear parachute.

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  7. Wow. That's pretty darned impressive. Can I have one? haha

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  8. wow - imagine if that parachute failed!

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  9. "ice fishermen having inappropriate relations with a whale"

    what what?
    now that's a story I gotta google...

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  10. Dropping by to show some support. Good post :)

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  11. On ice ? wow, u s***ing me ? , thats so awesome

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  12. NICE!! Now lets get a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport pimped up with ice tyres and give it a go!

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  13. [insert boring comment about boring post]

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  14. The distance needed is the most staggering part!

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  15. You might say this guy is as cool as...ice?


    YEAAAAAAH

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  16. Where else would finland break a world record?

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  17. that is amazing! teh adrenaline must have been blasting out of his body. i am always complating when it gets a little cold over here. cheers to him!

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  18. Wow great blog! Im totally gonna start following you regularly! check out my blog too if youd like!

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  19. Wow that's unbelievable to be going that fast on ice, I wonder how long it took him to stop!

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  20. WTF? is that Mr. Bonergarden driving? I cant even fathom another individual having the prowess and skill (Not to mention hat) required to perform such a feat...

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  21. Wow, and I can barely drive the speed limit on ice. That is insane.

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  22. Crazy ass Germans? i presume?
    Nuts.

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  23. It go 330km/h but it also takes 330 km and an hour to stop

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