A new world record for fastest car on ice was set at 206.05 mph (331.61 km/h) on the Gulf of Bothnia in Oulu, breaking an earlier record of 205.48 mph set by four-times world rally champion Juha Kankkunen.

The record was broken on March 6 on a 14-kilometre ice track in freezing conditions.

Finland-based Nokian Tyres said its test driver Janne Laitinen drove the record-breaking car equipped with the company's Hakkapeliitta 7 studded tyres designed for Nordic conditions. Nokian Tyres developed the world's first winter tyre for raw, subzero conditions back in 1934. Two years later, it introduced the Hakkapeliitta, designed for northern winters and today one of the world's best-known winter tyre brands.

On February 10, 2011, a Bentley Continental GT, driven by Kankkunen hit a world-record-breaking ice speed of 205.48 mph. Kankkunen broke his own record of 199.83 mph set in 2007.