If you had $12,000 and love Bentley’s there’s a chance you were at Bentley’s flagship winter event, Power On Ice, that wrapped up recently on some very frozen lakes in Northern Finland. If not, well, never fear, you can check out all the action below, as Bentley’s tear it up on the ice across a six-foot-thick playground.
This year, more than 200 enthusiasts signed up to test their ice driving skills behind the wheel of the all-wheel drive Continental GT3-R and Mulsanne Speed, and Bentley says that’s the largest attendance in the event’s history. The four-day event, with two full days of driving, takes place on the edge of the Arctic Circle, close to the country’s border with Russia, where Bentley says the conditions are perfect for its driving course.
The track was personally designed by four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen. Bentley’s flagship the Mulsanne Speed was joined by the rarest and most dynamic member of the Continental family of Grand Tourers, the Continental GT3-R. Inspired by the Continental GT3 race car, the GT3-R blends proven track and road credentials; a unique interpretation of performance-focused luxury. Bentley only produced 300 of them, so the GT3-R proved to be the exclusive highlight of the event.
Drivers also receive personal instruction from the Bentley Ice Driving Team. First off, you get a feel for maneuvering the car across the ice by doing some practice moves. Then, you move onto to something more advanced, namely they put you into realistic situations on the track which you must master with your recently learned skills.
In addition to the Mulsanne Speed and GT3-R, a range of Continental GTs and Flying Spurs utilized all-wheel drive systems to conquer the off-piste driving challenge with ease. Constantly readjusting the levels of power to the front and rear wheels depending on available traction, Bentley’s Grand Tourers ensure optimal grip is delivered regardless of the imperfections of the surface. Snowmobile rides and ice-karting provide a dynamic challenge at a different pace.
Of course, on your downtime, there is plenty of R&R to be had. Guests stayed at Ruka Peak, a retreat located atop Ruka Fell, close to the Arctic Circle and just a short ride from the ice driving experience.