Nokian tyres smash world driving on ice record

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Motorists still struggling on snow-covered UK roads might be interested to read that the world record for the fastest driving on ice has just been set with Nokian tyres.

Finnish test driver Janne Laitinen has claimed the title after teaming up with Nokian Tyres to smash the record on ice covering the Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea’s northerly cul-de-sac.

For the record attempt last weekend, Laitenen drove an Audi RS6 fitted with size 255/35R20 97 T XL Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 studded tyres. In freezing winter weather, Laitenen’s Nokian tyres-shod car reached an amazing 208.602 mph (335.713 km/h), according to Tyres and Accessories.

Matti Morri, technical customer service manager for Nokian Tyres, commented: “Relentless testing at extreme limits always works to serve the interests of the consumer.

“We wanted to set an extremely tough challenge for the new Hakkapeliitta 8. At extreme speeds, the forces focused on the tyres are enormous, as the car travels over 93 metres per second and the studs hit the ice 43 times. As the air resistance increases, we need even more grip to accelerate the car. In addition to grip, handling and stability are also essential.”

The drive counts as a Guinness world record, because if fits all the specific rules for the world record for driving on ice, including the fact that the tyres must be commercially available and approved for road use in the country where the record is made.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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