In and effort to promote the high-speed grip of its new Hakkapeliitta 8 winter tire, Nokian threw a set of its new rubber on a race-prepped Audi RS6 and got moving – very, very quickly. In fact, on March 9 on top of the very frozen Gulf of Bothinia near Oulu, Finland, Nokian's test driver Janne Laitinen set a new world record for the fastest speed recorded driving on ice. If you'll recall, this isn't the first time that Audi and Nokian have played this game, either.
When Audi invited us to an ice driving event in Seefeld, Austria--a small, charming ski town nestled within the Alps--we imagined it would be easy. After all, we'd driven in the snow before. The icy conditions were meant to demonstrate the best of what Audi's Quattro four-wheel drive technology could do. But before we could take to the track to put the system through its paces, we had to survive an ice driving tutorial. We quickly found that we had a lesson or two to learn about winter-weather p
The Herbert Wells Ice Rink in College Park, Maryland offers 2-day ice-driving classes. But instead of getting on the frozen stuff behind the wheel of any old Bugatti, Bentley, or Saab, the rink puts you in the captain's chair of a Zamboni Ice Resurfacer. On the first night, you'll learn the mechanics of the eponymous icing machine, the second night you'll actually do "cuts," which is the official term for what a Zamboni driver does with his Zamboni. The best part about it is that the entire clas