I like rallying. I co-drive when I have the time. But I tend to think that actually driving in a rally would be more stressful than I’d like. Co-driving is easy. All I have to do is read some directions and then I end up on a podium. Driving driving means I could hit a tree and it’d be my fault. Not for me.
Drunken awkwardness is why we love karaoke bars and why we love Finnish Formula One driver Kimi Räikkönen. Bless us each and every one, Autoweek reports that we’ll get to experience the two together. Kimi is opening a karaoke bar in Helsinki.
Here’s a glimpse into the, uh, how should I put this, reserved lives of the people of Finland.
The future is here! It’s also holding up traffic.
As incredible as it sounds, Finnish law doesn’t require the vehicles on its roads to have drivers. That makes it the perfect place to test autonomous tech, which is exactly what’s now happening.
Where will the first Hyperloop be? So far there are plans to use the tubular transportation system to move passengers in Slovakia and freight in Switzerland. But a proposed application for the Hyperloop announced today could solve a transportation conundrum that has been challenging planners for centuries: Connecting…
Bjarne Winberg was enjoying another quiet evening on the Finnish island of Kamsholmen when he spotted men carrying guns and equipment off a boat onto the dock. He booked it to his own boat, narrowly escaped into the darkness and called the cops. Like you do, when your country is being invaded.
Finland may not be a member of NATO, but it sure is becoming more closely aligned with the organization since Russia became a more belligerent power. Now, in an unprecedented deployment, F-15C/Ds from the 123rd Fighter Squadron home based in Portland, Oregon will descend on Rissala, Finland for cooperative aerial…
This Porsche 918 Spyder at the Porsche Driving Experience in Finland is the most magnificent “winter beater” I’ve ever seen. At this point, you’re literally beating winter in the face with 887 horsepower and 944 lb.-ft. of torque.
This is a Chevy pickup truck with a 14.2-liter V8 pulled from a Scania. What does it do? Burnouts.
Are you over 14 years of age? Are you not a rally driver? Great, because this Finnish kid is already living a better life than you.
I like speed. I understand speed. I really do. But at some point, something gets to be so fast that everything about it, including life itself, becomes completely meaningless. It induces existential crisis. This is the Slot Car Racing European Championship, and it is not the slot cars you played with as a kid.
In an incident that is highly reminiscent of Sweden’s phantom sub hunt last fall, the Finnish Navy has detected a foreign sub in its littoral waters near Helsinki, and it is not playing nice trying to get rid of it. Depth charges have been dropped to let the sub’s crew know that the people on the surface are on to…
Spanning over more than 1,700 acres, the Ivalo Testing Center, or as they call it, “White Hell,” is the place where Finland’s snow tire maker, Nokian Tyres, tests their winter tires in extreme conditions, using over 20 different snowy or icy test tracks, including the world largest indoor ice rink.
Now that's how you build a roll cage.
A record 200 Bentley enthusiasts spent four days in Finland doing what we all want to do to these heavy beasts, which is bend the crap out of them without risk of dying. Having frozen lakes with six-foot thick ice certainly makes Finland the ultimate winter playground.
Máté and I had a great time at the northernmost winter tire testing center in the world, in February in Finland. The following set of 50 photos serves as a pictorial diary of a nearly one-week trip beyond the arctic circle, where Finland's snow tire makers test the hell out of all kinds of rubber.
Nokian Tyres introduced winter tires in 1934 in Finland, and eighty years later – when they aren't chasing ice speed records on frozen lakes – they are still busy testing tires flat out while looking for reindeer on the biggest and coldest playground you've ever seen. Welcome to White Hell.
I hate getting speeding tickets. That sinking feeling you get in your gut when you realize, crap, I'm boned, is just about the worst there is. And compared to some of us Jalops, I've had it easy. It also looks like I've had it easy compared to one particular Finn who got a $60,000 ticket. That's insane. But, on…
This is how some sideways-crazed Finns turned an Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 road racing car into a stage rally monster. Yes, it's still rear-wheel drive.