However, this time he did what he originally set out to achieve and finally beat the 200 mph (321.87 km/h ) mark in this heavily modified car. It features full roll cage and a parachute for safety. The extensive mods include front and rear spoilers for extra stability and 20-inch Pirelli winter tires.
“The last time, I narrowly missed the magical 200 mph mark in a Continental GT. When I heard about the Supersports I was determined to go record breaking again with the Bentley Boys. This time, with over 600bhp under the bonnet, a Quickshift transmission and the security of the all-wheel drive system, the Supersports convertible was the perfect car to go for the record,” Kankkunen said.
The record attempt was undertaken on a 1000-meter long measured distance, in temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees, with the speed certified by officials from the Finland Traffic Police. His new world record was based on the average of two runs in opposite directions, with measured speeds certified by a representative from The Guinness Book of Records.
“The ice speed record is an amazing feat by Juha Kankkunen, whose skill and courage in extreme conditions truly make him one of the modern-day Bentley Boys. We will be celebrating this achievement with a very special ‘extreme’ Bentley, which will be the most powerful model ever to bear the famed Winged B emblem,” explains Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s new Chairman and Chief Executive.