Bent­ley driv­ers wish­ing for a white Christ­mas on skid row

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BENT­LEY own­ers, po­ten­tial Bent­ley own­ers or any­one look­ing for a very spe­cial, very cold Christ­mas present might like to con­sider a Power on Ice driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the wilds of Fin­land.

Not quite close enough to the North Pole for a Santa ex­pe­ri­ence but skid­ding around on a sledge over roof tops will be noth­ing com­pared to the ice de­lights Bent­ley has in store.

Led by four-time World Rally Cham­pion and one-time ice speed record holder Juha Kankkunen, driv­ers will get the chance to put their skills and the cars to the slip­pery, snow cov­ered test on frozen lakes with ex­pert tu­ition on the plea­sures and pit­falls of driv­ing on ice.

This year, for the first time, Bent­ley has added the new Fly­ing Spur to the range of cars avail­able. Pow­ered by a 6.0litre W12 twin tur­bocharged en­gine, it de­liv­ers 616bhp and a 200mph top speed mak­ing it the world’s fastest lux­ury four­door pro­duc­tion car.

A Bent­ley spokesman seemed un­con­cerned about the chal­lenges of tak­ing such a lux­u­ri­ous ve­hi­cle out onto the ice and snow. “A state- of-the-art all-wheel drive sys­tem, con­stantly ad­just­ing the lev­els of power to the front and rear wheels de­pend­ing on avail­able trac­tion, en­sures the Fly­ing Spur de­liv­ers op­ti­mal grip re­gard­less of road or weather con­di­tions and is one of the very few ul­tra-lux­ury sedans ca­pa­ble of con­quer­ing this kind of ‘off-piste’ driv­ing chal­lenge,” he said. “The all-wheel-drive Con­ti­nen­tal GT in a num­ber of vari­ants is also avail­able but we thought it a lit­tle too chilly for the con­vert­ible.

“We want own­ers and prospec­tive own­ers to see how ca­pa­ble th­ese cars are and that there is no rea­son why they should not be driven in the snow and ice. They are not just for high days and hol­i­days.”

The trips start in Fe­bru­ary and run though un­til March 2013. There are 18 places in each and the start­ing price is around £9,300 ( de­pend­ing on the ex­change rate and pack­age cho­sen. For that, driv­ers will get ex­pert ice driv­ing tu­ition from Kankkunen and his team as well as four days in the Ruka Peak re­sort.

De­tails at www.bent­ley mo­ WITH three races left of the For­mula One sea­son, In­finiti Red Bull Rac­ing have sealed the dou­ble, be­com­ing con­sec­u­tive four-time Con­struc­tors’ World Cham­pi­ons and claim­ing the Driv­ers’ World Cham­pi­onship crown through Sebastian Vet­tel, the youngest con­sec­u­tive four­time win­ner in his­tory.

“To join peo­ple like Prost, Fan­gio and Michael is un­be­liev­able,” said Vet­tel. “I think this is one of the best days in my life so far.”

POLE PO­SI­TION: Race a Bent­ley across ice and snow near the Arc­tic Cir­cle with a help from record holder Juha Kankkunen.

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