Bentley drivers wishing for a white Christmas on skid row
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 motors.com 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.