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Nokian sets new speed record on ice with Audi RS6

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The world record for fastest car on ice (330.695 km/h) set by the Bentley Continental Supersports didn't last very long. On March 6, Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian reached a top speed of 331.610 km/h on the Gulf of Bothnia in Oulu, Finland.



Driver Janne Laitinen sat behind the wheel of an Audi RS6 equipped with Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 studded tires (255/35R20 97 T XL), fully committed to showing what the car and its rubber were capable of on frozen water.

To become official, the record speed had to be posted within a one-kilometre stretch by averaging the numbers in both directions. The Guinness World Records organization also required the car's tires to be commercially available and approved for road traffic in the country in which the record attempt took place. As for the ice, it had to be natural and not treated with any chemicals.