Zach Gale, News Director, MotorTrend.comMarch 12, 2013
Drifing on ice isn’t exactly what you’d expect to see with a fleet of Bentleys, but that’s exactly what Jessi Lang masters on the new J-Turn. Lang heads to Finland to learn how to power-slide on ice new Bentleys — everything from a 500-hp Continental GT V8 to the 621-hp Continental Supersports, which has an estimated 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds.
We’ve seen a Rolls-Royce Phantom drifting in the countryside, but controlled sliding on ice in below-freezing temperatures appears more difficult. From experienced and accomplished drivers including Kristian Sohlberg, Mark Higgins, Kris Meeke, and Juha Kankkunen, Lang learns the art of drifting heavy, all-wheel-drive eight- and 12-cylinder Bentleys on ice. The key is to wait for the Bentley’s back end to slide out before gently applying throttle and countersteering to complete your turn, though if you apply too much throttle, you may end up spinning the car around as Lang does just before the four-minute mark in the video below.
Not everything can be taught, Lang explains: “It’s the art of listening to how the car feels, understanding its tendencies, and being able to anticipate its behavior on a surface that offers absolutely no traction.”
Before her trip at Bentley’s Power on Ice event in the Arctic Circle is finished, Lang experiences a dog-sledding ride and even visits a reindeer farm. Get your fill of Bentley coupes and sedans sliding on ice in The J-Turn below.
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