Bentley was so pleased with their recent ice speed record of 330.6 km/h that they released a special edition to celebrate it. But it is now beaten by an Audi RS6 prepared by Nokian Tires, which as you see in the picture above was a whole kilometer faster!
Granted, the Audi was running on special Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 studded tyres (255/35R20 97 T XL), but the fact that an Audi estate can reach that speed on ice is quite impressive. The record 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.
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.
Check out a video of the record breaking run below.