Bentley won the world speed record on ice, almost reaching 331 km/h with a Bentley Continental, set on Feb. 15 on a stretch of sea ice off the Finland coast. The 4x world champion Juha Kankkunen got 330.695 km/h onboard a Continental Supersports convertible. To celebrate the event the brand built a limited edition of just 100 cars of this most extreme Bentley Continental, called “Ice Speed Record” and just debuted at the recent Geneva Motor Show.
The Continental Supersport has a 4-wheel drive, 6-liter 12-cylinder engine powered by biofuels that have allowed Juha Kankkunen to destroy the speed record on ice of 2007 with 321.6 km/h in the same place won by the Continental GT. A team of engineers helped with their experience to achieve the target, against temperatures below 30 degrees, snow storms and sudden cross winds on the 16.5 km with 70 cm of sea ice . The record attempt was certified by the Finnish police officers on the average of two tests in opposite directions with speeds measured and made official by a representative of the Guinness Book of Records.
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