From the Continental family of Grand Tourers the Continental
GT3-R will now be completing the most powerful Bentley line up yet, making its
debut on the frozen lakes icy north of Finland for Power on Ice 2015. It will
be piloted by four-time World Rally Champion and Bentley Boy, Juha Kankkunen.
The Power on Ice 2015 is the flagship experience that
elevates the concept of ice driving to the extreme. Power on Ice is a four-day
event that allows guests to push a range of Bentley cars beyond the limitations
of every-day driving. Running throughout February 2015, two full days of
extreme driving delivered by Kankkunen and in-car tuition from the vastly
experienced Bentley Ice Driving Team instil advanced techniques on the ice.
Only years of experience can ensure total understanding of
the art of ice-driving, which is why each ice track is personally designed by
Kankkunen, before being ‘shaved’ into the six-foot thick frozen surface using
specialist equipment – creating a new and exciting experience, even for
Inspired by the Continental GT3 race car, the GT3-R blends
proven track and road credentials; a unique interpretation of
performance-focussed luxury. Limited to just 300 examples, one is in situ at
Power on Ice 2015, piloted by Kankkunen when he will demonstrate the prowess on
the ice that broke two ice speed records – both in a Bentley.
According to a Bentley press release, a range of Continental
GTs and Flying Spurs conquer the off-piste driving challenge with ease. The all-wheel
drive systems constantly adjust the levels of power to the front and rear
wheels depending on available traction, ensuring optimal grip is delivered
regardless of the imperfections of the surface. A luxurious hand trimmed
leather interior – and heated seats – provide welcome respite from the cold,
ensuring customers refine their driving skills in an interior cabin as
cosseting as the external environment is inhospitable. Guests can embellish
their driving experiences with activities at a slightly different pace, with
snowmobile rides and ice-karting throughout the day.
Hosted in characteristic Bentley luxury, the home of the
event is the boutique hotel of Chalet Ruka Peak. Relaxing evening meals
savouring contemporary Finnish cuisine and a traditional smoke sauna afford
guests time to unwind after an adrenaline fuelled day, with a night-time
Husky-sled safari adventure to a historic reindeer farm completing the
immersion into Finnish culture and ensuring a truly unique experience.
Guests can select from a range of accommodation, with prices
starting from Euros 11,340 (Rs 8.78 lakh approx.) per person.
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