• Mar 8th 2011 at 1:30PM
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Nokian Tires slides past Bentley's Ice Speed Record – Click above to watch video after the jump

Nokian Tires was paying close attention to Bentley's Ice Speed Record. If you don't recall, Bentley used a Continental Supersports Convertible to dash across a stretch of ice last month at 205 miles per hour, 205.48 to be exact. Nokian strapped a set of its Hakkapeliitta 7 studded tires on to an Audi RS6 and decided to have its own icy blast. Thanks to the grippy rubber and aerodynamic mods (as well as a curious lack of detail regarding performance mods), the Nokian team and driver Janne Laitinen upped the ice-speed ante with a trap figure of 206.05 miles per hour.

The Nokian team previously set an Ice Speed Record using its Hakkapeliitta 5 tires. During that run, a Bentley was used, but this time Nokian preferred Four Rings, Quattro all-wheel-drive and its latest generation of studded snow tires. Click past the jump to watch the new record and Nokian's previous 199.86 mile per hour record run. Thanks for the tip, Ville!

[Source: Nokian Tires]
Nokian Tires sets a new Ice Speed Record in an Audi RS6

Nokian Bentley sets 199.86 mile per hour Ice Speed Record in 2009.

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Nokian Tires Fastest on Ice: New World Record 331,61 km/h!

The new world record for fastest car on ice was set by Nokian Tyres' test driver Janne Laitinen who drove 331,610 km/h (206,05 mph) on the Gulf of Bothnia in Oulu, Finland. The record was broken on March 6th on a 14-kilometre ice track in freezing conditions. The world's leading winter tyre manufacturer equipped the record-breaking car with Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 studded tyres (255/35R20 97 T XL).

Extreme speeds emphasise the role of top-quality tyres; they are the vehicle's only contact point with the driving surface. When driving at exceptionally high speeds on slippery ice, the tyres must provide maximal grip, excellent structural durability and handling properties that are in line with the car's high power.

The acceleration formula is demanding. When a car moves at a speed of 331 km/h, the car covers over 92 metres in one second. The tyres are under immense pressure at these high speeds, and their diameter can increase by 15–20 mm. As the air resistance increases, more traction is needed in order to pick up speed.

- Testing at high speeds in demanding conditions forms an important part of our winter tyre development. Testing our boundaries can teach us new things, which can then be reflected in all of our products, explains Matti Morri, Nokian Tyres' Technical Customer Service Manager.

The Guinness World Records organisation outlines detailed rules for ice driving world records. The time for the one-kilometre distance is taken for driving in both directions of the track, and the world record time is the average of these two results. The vehicle takes a flying start. There is a total of one hour to complete the record attempt. The ice has to be natural and it may not be roughed up or treated with any chemicals. The tyres must be commercially available and approved for road traffic in the country in which the record attempt takes place.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That's pretty impressive because the maximum speed for Hakkapeliitta 7 is 210kph/130mph (special model made for Porsche)...
      • 4 Years Ago
      ah, the whole Audi Vs BMW thing....
      An RS6 vs 7 Series (Bentley)
      kind of funny they did not use an A8 - in your face BMW!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Check that - meant to say the
        Volkswagen Group D1 platform, used on the Volkswagen Phaeton
        so.... this is an Audi, racing a VW....
        • 4 Years Ago
        @thrilla from manila , Guess what the Queen of England roll with?
        • 4 Years Ago
        umm wut? Bentley is part of VAG and so is Audi. British Marquee of BMW is Rolls Royce not Bentley.
        • 4 Years Ago
        RS6 is still the most powerful Audi, with its 5.2/TT
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm curious what the top speed of that car is on pavement....? Really???
      • 4 Years Ago
      remember folks, these cars are running real tires that people can actually go out and buy, people in climates where snow tires are required get direct benefits from this. i find it really impressive to get up to those speed on the ice, i wonder how long it took to slow down though
      i wonder how long it'll take michelin and a veyron to get out to the ice...
      • 4 Years Ago
      well that didn't take long
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this the new Nurburgring chest thumping? What's next, fastest A segment car on ice?
        • 4 Years Ago
        i am more impressed by the tire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone else think the folks at Top Gear are now gonna try to beat this on the next season?

      How long until their spotted in Finland?
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who can stop in the the shortest distance from 200mph would be more impressive(regarding tire performance).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, don't know much about cars, do you?

        F1 cars rarely ever reach their 226mph top speed. Along with IndyCars, they don't slam on the brakes like it was a braking distance test. Even when they encounter a wreck, they usually let the transmission slow them down before they hit the brakes.

        Fighter jets don't use their brakes at high speeds. The brakes are only used to stop the jet from moving at a slow speed. They have reverse thrusters, chutes, and air brakes to do that for them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Umm the whole idea is stupid. Get it. Rotors exploding. What about F1,IndyCars that do this all day long? Fighter jets also operate in Arctic conditions using brakes,drag or drogue chutes and thrust reversers.The idea behind the drag chute is to provide some stability and help to slow it down. My point was this record serves no practical purposes except for advertising.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stopping on the ice is a lot different than stopping on pavement. That's why you see chutes on the back of this and the Bentley.

        Also, cars doing 200mph on pavement will do the samething cars doing 200mph on ice while stopping. The chute will slow them down to a manageable speed then slowly apply the brakes in order not to make the rotors explode.

        It'd be incredibly stupid to do a typical braking distance test at over 200mph. Things tend to break at those speeds, plus the car can and will most likely lose control.
        • 4 Years Ago
        F1 cars decelerate at 5-5.5g on the faster circuits with aerodynamic forces along with massive,glowing carbon/carbon rotors. Heres a good video animation from Brembo showing one of tracks and the massive amount of forces required.
        (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5BigWpKCJ8&feature=related)They dont use the transmission for braking(compression braking). As far as jets go you repeated what I said in my previous post.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like these companies dont have anything better to do?
      • 4 Years Ago
      yet again not a single fuk was given today
      • 4 Years Ago
      The specs of the car are here: http://www.iltalehti.fi/autot/2011030813323589_au.shtml

      Says "Audi A6 RS" (which translates to RS6, surely) with an 800-horsepower twin turbo V10 and aerodynamics mods.
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