• Feb 6, 2007
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In the course of my career, I've spent plenty of time driving all kinds of vehicles on frozen lakes and snow fields, the most powerful being an all wheel drive Lamborghini Diablo that I flung around on a lake in Northern Sweden some years ago.

I've also tested some race cars on pavement, but I've never experienced anything quite like the video included after the jump. In it, a BMW-Sauber driver takes his F1 car onto a frozen lake in St. Moritz, Switzerland for a little on-ice demo. Now that looks like fun.

Follow the jump to watch.

Thanks to Derek for the tip!

[Source: Automotoportal.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      what a snooze, I'd rather see an Andros Ice Racer going full speed sideways around the track.
      • 7 Years Ago
      STORY: To mark the 100th anniversary of the "White Turf" horse
      races in St. Moritz, the Formula One car from the BMW Sauber F1 Team will be
      appeared on the frozen Lake of St. Moritz for the first time.
      BMW Sauber F1 Team driver Nick Heidfeld powered up to show off the 2007
      car on Sunday (February 4) in a spectacular setting 1,856 metres above sea
      level.
      Before his slippery excursion onto the ice, the experienced German
      driver said, "I'm familiar with just about every race track in the world,
      but driving on a frozen lake will be a very special challenge for
      me".
      To ensure everything went to plan, Sauber brought along on site with
      six mechanics, two large trucks, and about 800 kilograms of equipment.
      To help the F1 car make tracks on the ice and snow, Bridgestone had
      developed special tyres with spikes.
      The low temperatures provided an additional challenge with team
      technicians having to warm the engine every half hour and also fit special
      radiator covers to stop the block from freezing.
      • 7 Years Ago


      I've seen sled dogs go faster. What was the point of running that car in the snow?
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is like the Bugatti EB110 on ice. actual four wheel drive, actual center differential.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How could this possibly be any fun at all? F1 cars allow almost no slide angle at all before they are gone. The actual angle of turn on the front wheels at full lock is like 25% of a 'normal' vehicle. The lack of a flywheel and such for the engine makes throttle response waaay to touchy for ice. A stock civic would be more fun... at least then you could lock the parking brake and get some action out of it!