• Feb 17th 2011 at 4:55PM
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Bentley sets an ice-speed record – Click above to watch video after the jump

When we first heard that Juha Kankkunen and Bentley had managed to set a new ice-speed record off the coast of Finland, we immediately wanted to see footage of the action. The thought of watching a race-prepped Continental Supersports Convertible dash across just 20 centimeters of Baltic Sea ice is the kind of thing that haunts our daydreams. Fortunately, the automaker has been so kind as to slip the world a quick clip of the record-smashing run, complete with angles from the sky, the ice and the cockpit.

Kankkunen demolished his old ice-speed record of 199.83 mph set in 2007. At the time, the World Rally champion was shooting to cruise past the 200 mph barrier but just barely missed his mark. He had no such trouble this go-round. His drop-head clicked off a top speed of 205.48 mph.

Interestingly enough, aside from a set of winter tires, some safety kit and a couple of aero additions, the Continental Supersports Convertible that Kankkunen used as his weapon of choice was essentially a bone-stock machine. Hit the jump to check out the clip for yourself.

  • Supersports convertible deploying parachute during high speed testing.

  • Bentley Supersports Convertible on the Ice Track

  • Juha Kankunnen begins his run.

  • Kankunnen and Supersports Convertible building-up speed.

  • Timing device displays one of the record breaking runs.

  • Supersports Convertible 4km out from the coast on the Baltic Sea Ice Track.

  • Kankunnen reacts to his new world record.

  • Kankunnen at the start line.

  • Bentley team celebrates record (left to right – Ashley Mason, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Brian Gush, Steven Burdett and Darren Jones).

  • Temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius don’t stop the Supersports.

[Source: Bentley via YouTube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like all the muffled claps of the gloved hands.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks like a blast!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most anti-climactic launch ever. Still an awesome video and awesome car though
      • 4 Years Ago
      haha I guess that driver isnt one of people the polar bear from the superbowl commercial hugs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty subtle how they painted the aero dish wheel covers to look like stock spokes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To me this whole idea that there is somehow a record for driving on ice is ridiculous. They might as well say they can't be best on asphalt so they'll try other surfaces and see which one they can get a record on. I'm sure it's challenging driving on ice and all that, but it just seems like an unsatisfying record at best. And the fact that it's a stock Bentley suggests to me it's not technically all that impressive, and that they only reason it's a Bentley is because nobody was desperate enough to try it in a Lambo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Simply insane. All in the tires, I guess. And to top it off, they use a PARACHUTE to slow the car down? I can't imagine how wildly the rear of the car was getting pulled around with a parachute. When I get my six-figure convertible to 200mph, on ice, the last thing I want to worry about is going into a spin!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ya...slamming on the brakes would have been better. :)
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