Driving on snow and ice is one of the most fun types of terrain to drive on but only if you know what you’re doing. It can also be the worst if you don’t. Luckily for me, I grew up in the Rocky Mountains so driving on the snow was something I’ve been doing since I was old enough to sit behind the wheel of a car. Finding open parking lots after a big snowstorm and doing donuts or ‘bizzing’ friends was always a great way to put a smile on your face.
These guys in Sweden have taken that fun factor up a notch by setting up what they’re calling the Speed Weekend where they attempt to set top speed runs on ice using a whole variety of different vehicles. Anything from full drag cars, exotic supercars, muscle cars, motorcycles, and even a few jet powered contraptions. In this particular example they’re using a bone stock Challenger Hellcat, with the help of studded tires, to set a top speed record over 1 kilometer of straight ice. They end up hitting a top speed of 274kph (170mph) and an average speed of 261kph (161.8) over the 1 kilometer course. Now that may not seem very fast if it were dry pavement, but again this is ice we’re talking about. If you watch the footage from inside the car, you can see how hard he’s working to keep that big muscle car going straight down the track. The Hellcat is rear wheel drive which naturally makes it more likely to spin out. And when you add in over 700hp at the command of your right foot, I can only imagine how crazy the wheel spin was. Even with the spiked tires. Either that or the traction control system must have been working overtime on that run. Towards the end of the video you see them taking out a different challenger and running it on more of a road course versus just a long straightaway, and that looks like an absolute blast.