Monday, February 28, 2011

Sanity-Impaired? New Ice Speed Record

Bentley Supersport Ice Speed Record Edition
Here's something that would have never crossed our minds.

Autoblog is reporting Bentley's celebration of an impressive but, let's be honest, completely insane achievement with a new special edition Continental Supersport called the "Ice Speed Record" Convertible.

Who would have imagined that there are actually people trying to set records for who can go the fastest in an automobile on a frozen lake or, in this case, the Baltic Sea? Finnish ice racer (and rally star) Juha Kankkunen has just set the new record of 205.48 miles per hour (330.695 km/h) in a Bentley Continental Supersport Convertible. When I think of ice speed records, I always imagine doing it in a convertible. . . Actually, I suppose it does make some sense. You could get out of the car more quickly when the ice breaks and you plunge into the freezing water in a quickly sinking vehicle (see our article on how to escape sinking cars.)

What makes this achievement all the more incredible (or ridiculous) is that Juha was beating his own record set in another Bentley Continental in 2007 at 199.83 mph (321.6 km/h.)

Probably not a sport we'll take up any time soon. We're too busy curling.

None-the-less, congrats to Juha and Bentley. We hope this record stands for a very long time.

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