The relentless pursuit of to be the fastest wheel on ice got Nokian Tyres company to develop its new Hakkapeliitta 8 winter tires. The Audi RS6 sports car was prepared for the run down the icy stretch in the frozen Gulf of Bothinia near Oulu, Finland. And this test run has set a new world record for the fastest speed recorded driving on ice.
From the recorded times, test driver Janne Laitinen averaged at about 208.602 miles per hour on a natural ice runway, meaning untreated ice, on the Audi RS6. The new time set a new world record for the fastest speed recorded driving on an icy road. According to the guidelines set forth in the Guinness Book of World Records, the run has to be made in using commercial available tires, which this test run is using Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 studded tires (255/35R20 97 T XL).
Nokian Tyres and Laitinen also hold earlier Guinness World Record for fastest car on ice (March 2011: 331.61 km/h, 206.05 mph) and the record for driving on ice with an electric car (March 2012: 252.06 km/h,156.62 mph).