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.
One of the fastest drivers in rallying today is Jari-Matti Latvala. One of the greatest cars in rallying history is the early Audi Quattro. One of the greatest countries for rallying anywhere is Finland. Here they all are together.
It's not so much that there are jumps on the sweeping roads of Rally Finland - it's more like the earth just disappears beneath you, sometimes halfway through a corner.
I've seen lots of modern rally Porsches, but never in a top-level WRC event. That all changed at Rally Finland over the weekend.
You're watching how WRC Finland ended for the Fuckmatie' World Rally Team. They might have 'fuck' in their team name, but they don't seem bothered by a high-speed rollover.
Citroën driver Sébastien Chardonnet experienced what rally drivers refer to as 'a moment' during the first day of WRC Finland last week. How exactly did he not crash?
When you're driving on a racetrack, the fastest way around a corner is to slide the car as little as possible, maximizing every bit of grip in your tires but not exceeding it. This is not always the case in rally driving.
"We spent more time in the air than on the ground at today's test," is how WRC driver Hayden Paddon described practicing for this weekend's legendary Rally Finland. And Hayden wasn't the only one going airborne.