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Experience extreme air-cooled Porsche 911 ice driving in Santa’s back garden

Spirit of Speed Arctic takes place in January


Experience an adrenaline rush like no other and push the limits of rally-prepared air- and water-cooled Porsche 911s across breathtaking landscapes of snow and ice near Rovaniemi in Finland, the capital of Lapland and the “official” home of Santa Claus. Bookings are now open for the exclusive Kalmar Beyond Adventure “Spirit of Speed Arctic” bespoke ice driving experiences, with limited spaces available in January 2024. 

Guests will travel to the breathtakingly beautiful Arctic Circle – renowned for experiencing the Northern Lights – where the remote rally driving facility offers unrivalled fast and challenging driving stages through dense forests and across frozen lakes, to experience day and night. Alongside are rally, super and rallycross stages, varying in length up to 12km, that are used by FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) teams and drivers for testing, providing a variety of challenges and difficulty levels to suit all. 

A wide selection of rally-prepared Kalmar Porsches are available to push to the limit. From air-cooled classic 911 (964 and 993) to water-cooled 911 (996) young timers in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, guests can choose their ice weapon of choice. The modern mid-engined Cayman R can also be put to the test. Based on the 987-series Cayman, this Kalmar-prepared car is an agile off-roader, perfectly balanced to tackle most terrains with outstanding handling and a lightning-fast PDK gearbox. 

With more than a decade of experience preparing Porsche for adventures in extreme and arduous environments, each Porsche model has been built to offer a safe, reliable experience that is both fun and educational. Each model, built by sister company Kalmar Automotive, has undergone extreme weight saving measures, features competition specification suspension, sports seats, belts and roll cages, along with full underbody protection. All 911s have manual transmissions with driving aids limited to anti-lock brake systems (ABS), which can be disconnected upon request! 

To keep these stunning machines adhered to the ice they are fitted with genuine WRC studded tires – the exact model that has won WRC Rally Sweden titles. These narrow 105 to 135mm patterns are equipped with 384 tungsten-tipped 6mm metal studs to bite into the ice and deliver superior control and confidence.

Ideal for both first-time ice drivers and those with more experience, behind-the-wheel activities and one-to-one tuition are personalized to each guest’s capabilities and goals. On certain dates, amongst the hand-selected, highly-experienced driving tutors will be two-time FIA World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm. The Finnish rally legend – known as the “Bosse” in his native Scandinavia – is one of the most successful WRC drivers of all time, securing 30 rally wins and 61 podiums on his way to his two titles.



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