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17 February 2023

Škoda Enyaq RS iV Breaks Guinness World Record For World's Longest Ice Drift

- Škoda broke two Guinness records: Longest Continuous Vehicle Drift on Ice, and Longest Continuous Vehicle Drift on Ice (Electric Car)
- The record was broken by motoring journalist Richard Meaden.
- The Škoda Enyaq RS iV recorded a continuous drift of 7.351 km.

Škoda has announced that it has broken two Guinness World Records with its electric SUV, the Enyaq RS iV, the brand’s second all-electric sporting model. 

The record in question was the ‘Longest Continuous Vehicle Drift on Ice’, and of course breaking the record of ‘Longest Continuous Vehicle Drift on Ice (Electric Car)’.

The records were set on a circular track measuring 188.496 m in circumference on the frozen Stortjärnen lake near Östersund, Sweden, where Richard Meaden held the Enyaq RS iV in a controlled slide, drift, for more than 15 minutes and 7.351 km. Beating the previous record of 6.231 km, set in China in 2022.

Meaden had also set another record with Škoda before, when he set a new Southern Californian Timing Association (SCTA) Land Speed Record for a 2.0-litre forced induction production car, recording 227.080 mph driving a Škoda UK built Octavia RS on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA.

With a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator present and international drifting judge David Kalas as a witness, Škoda set the record on the brand’s fourth day on location following numerous practice runs with different tyre combinations. A total of 18 hours of drifting were put in across the full five days in sub-zero temperatures to achieve the perfect drift.

Being back behind the wheel of another record-breaking Škoda is pretty special, going from the Bonneville Salt Flats of the USA to a frozen lake in Scandinavia – setting two different records in two very different cars”, Meaden said. “I’m incredibly proud to be part of a record-breaking team again 12 years on – who would have thought we’d be here drifting an electric car on ice? It shows just how much the automotive world is changing, and how exciting it is too.

Richard Meaden

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