BENTLEY – CONTINENTAL GT – WORLD RECORD CAR ON ICE – 2007 – 321 km/h (2007)
Product Code: 436 139026
Category: Land Speed Cars
BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT – WORLD RECORD CAR ON ICE
– 2007 – 321 km/h Limited Edition!
A Bentley Continental GT, driven by four-times World Rally Champion
Juha Kankkunen, smashed the world ice speed record, reaching an
average speed of 199.86mph (321.65km/h) on frozen sea off the coast
The near standard four-wheel-drive Continental GT – which is privately
owned by the world rally star – eclipsed the previous ice speed record of
184.14mph (296.34km/h), set by a Bugatti EB110 Supersport at the same
Kankkunen’s team endured temperatures of minus 30 degrees Celsius
on a 10km section of frozen sea, 50km north of Oulu in western Finland.
Accelerating hard over 70cm-thick ice, Juha took around 5km to hit his
optimum speed before reaching the start of the marked kilometre over
which his speed was measured. In spite of the Continental GT’s
exceptional grip and traction he experienced wheel-spin even above 120
After a brief check-over, Juha turned the Continental GT around and
drove the measured kilometre a second time to fulfil the judge’s
requirements, peaking at an incredible 205mph (330km/h).
Modifications to Juha’s Continental GT were kept to a minimum. For safety
reasons, a rollcage was fitted, along with Nokian snow tyres. Various
aerodynamic tweaks were also made, but the powertrain was essentially
untouched, although the car ran non-standard fuel with matching
calibration to cope with the extreme temperatures.