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Audi RS6 Shatters Bentley Continental Supersports Ice Speed Record

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Janne Laitinen sets 206.1 mph ice speed record in an Audi RS6

Janne Laitinen sets 206.1 mph ice speed record in an Audi RS6



Less than a month after four-time Finnish rally champ Juha Kankkunen broke the ice speed record in a Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, setting a new speed of 205.5 mph, fellow Finnish driver Janne Laitinen has now broken that record.

Laitinen, a test driver for tire manufacturer Nokian Tires, piloted an Audi RS6 on the frozen Gulf of Bothnia near Oulu, Finland to a top speed of 206.1 mph and in doing so set a new ice speed record.

The RS6 was completely stock except for its tires, which were swapped with Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 studded rubber measuring 255 mm all ‘round. The Bentley Kankkunen was previously driving was also wearing studded tires: Pirelli SottoZero II tires measuring 275 mm.

Nokian, based in Finland, claims to have developed the world´s first winter tire for subzero conditions in 1934, and two years later introduced its Hakkapeliitta line of tires, designed specifically for northern winters. The firm regularly tests tires at high speeds at its facilities in Ivalo, Finland, about 186 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

The Guinness World Records group outlines detailed rules for ice driving world records. They take in the time for a 0.62 mile distance, which is taken for driving in both directions of the track, and the world record time is the average of the two results. The vehicle takes a flying start and the ice has to be natural and may not be roughed up or treated with any chemicals. The tires must be commercially available and approved for road traffic in the country in which the record attempt takes place.
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  1. Beating a Bentley and costing a third of its price. Always a fan of the RS6. Well done.
     
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  2. How can a standard RS6 - 155mph (standard) 174mph unrestricted at owners request possably do over 200mph?
    The point of the Bentley attempt is that it was a standard production car, running on plant extract (E85) and un-studded tyres - 2 differant records!
     
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  3. How can a standard RS6 - 155mph (standard) 174mph unrestricted at owners request possably do over 200mph?
    The point of the Bentley attempt is that it was a standard production car, running on plant extract (E85) and un-studded tyres - 2 differant records!
     
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  4. "....Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 studded rubber measuring 255 mm all ‘round"
    Dang, those are TINY! Grocery cart/trolley sized! Didn't know Nokian made them that small!
    Makes the record even more impressive...
     
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  5. The Finns are arguably the best driver's on earth per capita.
     
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  6. Audi beating a Bentley; now there's something you don't hear everyday. I like Audis more anyways.
     
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  7. Audi beating Bentley. That is like Chevy beating a Cadillac being they are both owned by Volkswagen. I wonder if the next VW to set this record will be the Veyron???
     
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  8. Peter, cold air is more dense than warm air. Sub-zero temperatures into the intake-manifold might as well be a supercharger.
     
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  9. This RS6 was LTM's tuned. Power was over 800hp.
     
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  10. "Beating a Bentley and costing a third of its price"
    Standard RS6 is over £77,000, by the time you have tuned it to 800bhp I guess you'd be fast approaching the £170,000 of a Supersports.
    "Peter, cold air is more dense than warm air. Sub-zero temperatures into the intake-manifold might as well be a supercharger."
    For an extra 25mph? seems unlikely. You'd have to tune the car to do that. And if that was the case the Bentley would be faster they do over 200mph in normal (20 odd degree) ambient, so by that theory that would've been good for 220-odd mph
     
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  11. FAKE!!
     
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