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Would You Drive A Drop-Top Bentley 205 MPH On Ice?

Posted in Bentley, Bizarre, Land Speed Record by Kurt Ernst | February 15th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

If you’re sane, the answer to that question is either “No” or “Hell, no”. If you’re four time World Rally Champ Juha Kankkunen, your answer would probably be “miksi ei” (Finnish for “why not”). As Autoweek reports, Kankkunen just broke his own record of 199.83 miles per hour, driving a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible to a two-way average speed of 205.48 miles per hour. In the interest of safety, the car was equipped with Pirelli winter tires (although I seriously doubt they were rated beyond 168 MPH), a roll cage and a parachute, but I question how much good any of that would have done if Kankkunen had lost control at speed.

The run took place on a frozen stretch of the Baltic Sea, with air temperatures hovering around twenty two below zero. The crew was battling severe crosswinds (yet another reason to say “hell no”) and an impending blizzard, so conditions were less than ideal for the run. On the plus side, air at -22 F is nice and dense, so I’m sure the Bentley’s 6.0 liter, 12 cylinder engine was putting out substantial horsepower, even on the E85 fuel used. My hat’s off to you Mr. Kannkunen; you’re a whole bunch crazier than I’ll ever be.

Source: Autoweek

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  1. James says:

    my answer would be hell yes if asked to drive that in those conditions

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