That’s where the Arctic Driving Center is located, where local driving schools teach their students how to handle extreme conditions, or even experienced rally drivers practice their skills.
Sports suspension, selective torque control, four-wheel drive… All this top-level technology helps the vehicle to behave precisely, and the driver to overcome adversity when driving.
cope with low grip conditions such as those that occur on ice or snow. Conditions found in the heart of Finnish Lapland, in Rovaniemi, home of Santa Claus and the Northern Lights. That’s where the Arctic Driving Center is located, where local driving schools teach their students how to handle the extreme conditions they may face in their day-to-day driving on Arctic Circle roads, or even experienced rally drivers practice their skills.
Specifically, surrounded by forest and with several differentiated circuits that
occupy an area of 17 hectares, in these facilities you learn to control situations of understeer and oversteer, to balance the weights to carry out sporty driving on these surfaces and to face a slalom at high speed. And the Cupra Born has dominated them all. It is one of those electric ones that it is impossible to think is boring, despite what the majority believes about this type of motorization. They value it as silent, soulless, only for the city… and this vehicle is totally the opposite. With a total output of 231 hp and rear-wheel drive, it offers impressive dynamics in low-grip conditions.
Although technology such as the DCC and ESC Sport systems (with ESC Off function for total disconnection when equipped with the e-Boost pack and wider wheels), or the oversized front brakes, do the same, the driver is essential. To get an optimal response at all times, you have to know how to react. For example, when braking, it must be as smooth and progressive as possible until stopping, possibly much further than previously thought, even if the tires are winter. You must also increase the safety distance with the vehicle in front and not make sudden movements because the car may react in the opposite way to what is expected.
On the completely opposite side is one of the
only 7,000 units that have been produced for the entire world of the Formentor VZ5, a high-performance SUV with 390 hp and 480 Nm of torque, which is synonymous with emotion behind the wheel. It has exceeded, and by far, all expectations in the same tests on closed circuits, as well as on the open tracks of the iconic Arctic Rally – one of the latest additions to the WRC calendar. It has an advanced and rigid chassis that also allows the firmness of the shock absorbers to be configured in up to 15 positions thanks to the Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC), which benefits from the Progressive Steering and the ESC Sport system, which allows the rear axle to slide. with total control to face the exit of the curves more efficiently.
So that it is also safe, its 4Drive all-wheel drive system comes into operation. Although all its technology can also be disconnected (always in closed and controlled circuits) if the Drift mode is activated: the ESC is completely deactivated and, thanks to the ‘Torque Splitter’ system, all the power can be directed to a single rear wheel, which helps to make a controlled oversteer, for example.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.