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An Audi RS6 has set a new world record to become the fastest car on ice, reaching speeds of nearly 340km/h.

Completed on a 12km ice track in the Gulf of Bothnia between Finland and Sweden, driver Janne Laitinen pushed the second-generation Audi RS6 to a new world record speed of 335.713km/h.

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To claim the official Guinness record, two passes of the track were completed with the time over a distance of one kilometre measured in both directions, then averaged. The vehicle was allowed a flying start and the team had one hour to achieve the record. The ice must be natural, not roughened or treated with chemicals, and the tyres must be commercially available and approved for road use in the country where the record is made.

 

It’s no surprise that Laitinen looks fairly relaxed behind the wheel of the 426kW/650Nm 5.0-litre twin-turbo V10-powered all-paw Audi super sedan, with the Finn holding the previous record, set in the same car in March 2011, of 331.61km/h.

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  • Josh Kong

    How can a car be faster on ice than on asphalt?

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

      aerodynamics play a big part in high speed.

      check out the front grilles and the fact that colder temperatures mean less opening in the grille is need (more enhanced aero) and you get a denser air/fuel mixture so the tuning would be different.

    • Amlohac

      Theres no restrictions on how the car is tunned, just that the tyres must be “legal”. That and have a look at the areo work round the car, its been made xtra slippery.

  • Rio91

    One word => Awegasmic!
    And it’s not even the latest model….

  • Mark

    that would be a hairy ride!