The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 has become the fastest tyre in the world on ice!
A few days ago, the Pirelli SottorZero II became the fastest tyre in the world, reaching 330.7 kph on a Bentley Continental Supersports car in the hands of the driver Juha Kankkhunen. This was a short-lived record as Nokian has just raised the bar even higher.
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An ice speed record beaten by an Italian manufacturer? A shocking notion for Nokian, a specialist in Nordic tyres, who decided to throw down the gauntlet.
The car chosen was an Audi RS6. The saloon was equipped with a V10 twin-turbo, 580 HP engine with a torque of 650 Nm, and permanent four-wheel drive. Of course, to beat the record, the car’s 250 kph speed limit was removed. A few modifications were made to improve the CX (drag coefficient), such as the flanges placed on the rims.
Nokian Hakkapeliitta tyres (255/35R20 97 T XL) were chosen to keep the heavy car on the ice.
The top speed reached was 331.6 kph, less than 1 kilometre an hour less than the preceding record. Will the Pirelli brand rise to the challenge?
Watch the record on video:
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