Mladá Boleslav – Škoda has with the Enyag RS iV, the second purely battery-electric model in its sporty RS family, set two official world records in ice drifting. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ has the Records for the 'longest continuous drift of a vehicle on ice' as well as for the longest continuous drift of a vehicle on ice in an electric vehicle. On Thursday, January 19, 2023, British automotive journalist Richard Meaden set the records on a 188,496 meter circuit on the frozen Lake Stortjärnen near Östersund in Sweden.
Škoda Enyaq RS iV is drifting
On Lake Stortjärnen, Škoda set the record for the longest uninterrupted drift of a vehicle on ice. Richard Meaden drifted with the recently presented Enyag RS iV for more than 15 minutes and controls over a distance of 7,351 kilometers and thus holds a new, officially confirmed record. The previous record was set in China in 2022 and was 6,231 kilometers. At the same time, Meaden and the Škoda Enyaq RS iV also set a second record for the 'Longest continuous drift of a vehicle on ice in an electric vehicle'.
Supervised by a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ referee and international drift judge David Kalas, Škoda set the record on the fourth day at the venue after numerous test runs with different tire combinations. In total, the automobile manufacturer invested a total of 18 hours over five days in the 'search for the perfect drift'. The Enyaq RS iV asserted itself under demanding conditions and lapped the drift course 15 times on its record run in 58:39 minutes.
The Enyaq RS iV reached a top speed of 48,69 km/h and reached 31,64 km/h at the slowest point. For the record attempt, the automobile manufacturer relied on a production vehicle with 20-inch alloy wheels. The specially mounted 245/35-R20 Michelin Däckproffsen tires on the front axle were fitted with 600 5 mm studs, while on the rear axle the Nokian Hakkapelitta tires of size 255/45-R20 with 300 2 mm studs provided grip ensured - an ideal combination on the 40 centimeter thick layer of ice.
With the two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles, Škoda, new record holder Richard Meaden and the abbreviation RS return to the record books. The Brit already set a record in 2011: he reached a speed of 227,080 mph (365,45 km/h) with a Škoda Octavia RS built in Great Britain, setting the record for speeds according to the Southern Californian Timing Association (SCTA). achieved on land routes with turbocharged 2,0-litre production vehicles. Meaden broke the record at the well-known Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA.
Bonneville Salt Flats or a frozen lake in Scandinavia
Richard Meaden said of the success that has now been achieved: “It is really something special to be behind the wheel of a Škoda model again and to break another record. From the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA to a frozen lake in Scandinavia, two completely different records in two completely different vehicles. It makes me very proud that after twelve years I am again part of a team that breaks records together. Who would have thought that we were drifting on the ice in an electric vehicle? This proves that the automotive world is changing rapidly and this change is enormously exciting.”
The sports suspension of the Enyaq RS iV is 15 millimeters lower at the front and 10 millimeters at the rear than on the Enyaq iV. In addition, the progressive steering and the Drive Mode Select driving profile selection ensure even better traction, as does the optionally available Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive chassis control. The specific equipment features also include the characteristic RS bumpers, exterior accents painted in glossy black and sports seats with black leather covers, which is also used on the steering wheel and instrument panel.
The Enyaq RS iV is the second purely battery-electric model in the Škoda RS family. With an 82 kWh battery (77 kWh net) and two electric motors, it delivers 299 hp and accelerates from 6,5 to 0 km/h in 100 seconds. A maximum torque of 460 Nm also ensures dynamic performance. Fast charging is possible with an output of 135 kW, so the battery can be charged from 36 to 10 percent in just 80 minutes. Photo credit: Škoda
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