This morning, Monster Energy released this video featuring World RX racer and X-Games medalist Liam Doran and his Citroën DS3 rallycross machine taking on an ice driving festival called Gatebil On Ice. Watching the flame spitting beast drift around on the ice is cool enough, but the event itself caught my eye and got me to do some research.
The annual Gatebil On Ice is hosted by Hebbes Racing on a frozen lake in Sigdal, Norway and the 2016 event was held last weekend. The range of cars being driven is incredible and Doran’s car is far from the coolest machine on the ice. The fastest for sure, but certainly not as cool as the wild looking VW Beetle ice racer.
I was fortunate to visit Nokian’s tire testing facility in Finland a couple of years ago, where I got to drive on a couple of tracks which had been plowed on frozen lakes. The one track was something like 3 km around, and yet it doesn’t even come close to the size of this wicked looking track in rural Norway!