Driving enthusiasts looking for a unique challenge might like to consider a luxury winter break with a twist on Bentley’s Power on Ice adventure in Lapland.
Next month, Bentley is returning to the north of Finland – a location where it shattered two ice-speed driving records with four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen (see both the News and Video pages at www.eurotuner.com).
Here it will be offering guests the chance to drive the 6.0-liter 567hp Continental GT coupe and 620hp Continental Supersports coupe on one of the world’s most unusual and challenging test tracks.
“The circuits are crafted from snow and ice, and are unlike any other track or road you’ve seen before,” said Peter Barnes, a senior instructor with Bentley Driving.
“Power on Ice introduces the exhilaration of slaloming a Bentley supercar on a purpose-built course or taking a spin around a ‘figure of eight’ track. It mixes this with the opportunity to acquire advanced techniques from a personal instructor to enable drivers to handle their cars with confidence, even in the harshest weather conditions,” he explained.
Bentley’s record-breaking exploits in Finland captured many people’s imagination and provided the inspiration for this unique driving experience. The Bentley Continental range is ideally suited to winter driving with its all-wheel drive system employing an advanced Torsen differential. This ensures safe, dynamic handling on all road surfaces and in all weathers.
In February 2011, Finnish motorsport legend Juha Kankkunen, driving the AWD Continental Supersports Convertible on the frozen Baltic Sea, achieved an astonishing speed of 205.48mph, eclipsing his own ice speed record of 199.83mph set in 2007 in the original Bentley Continental GT.
“As well as drawing inspiration from Juha’s world records, Bentley’s engineers and drivers use Finland’s extreme conditions to enhance the safety and handling capabilities of our cars. We’ve got a great deal of knowledge and expertise to share, but the accent for Power on Ice is about fun and taking part in something far more memorable than a regular skiing holiday,” added Barnes.
After a hard day of high-speed slaloms, there is the chance to indulge in luxury at the mountainside Ruka Peak hotel. Fine dining in front of roaring fires, relaxing in the sauna, as well as a shopping trip or ‘husky-powered’ nature excursion across frozen lakes is all part of the Bentley experience.
The Bentley Power on Ice adventure is open to all driving enthusiasts with deep wallets. For detailed information about dates, accommodation and pricing, visit http://www.bentleymotors.com/world_of_bentley/power_on_ice_2012/