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Watch: Full-size Silverstone racetrack recreated on frozen Arctic lake


Polar explorer Ben Saunders has driven a lap around the world famous Silverstone race circuit.

Instead, the inch-perfect replica of one of the home of the British Grand Prix was carved into the ice of a frozen lake in the Arctic, where nighttime temperatures can drop to minus 42 degrees Celsius.

Saunders, the youngest explorer to reach the North Pole alone and on foot, took to the wheel of a British-built Range Rover Sport SVR at Lake Udjaur in Swedish Lapland to navigate the iconic Surrey track with the help of Finland rally champion Minna Sillankorva.

Amazingly, there are two exact replicas of Silverstone race track at the centre, as well as replicas of Germany's fearsome Nurburgring and Le Castellet circuit in France. The tracks are painstakingly carved into the ice each winter for ice driving holidays and testing in extreme conditions.

Saunders says: “Obviously, I had an amazing day. It was my first time driving on ice and the most fun I’ve had on four-wheels. The performance of the Range Rover Sport SVR is simply breathtaking and its poise in the corners was astounding given the slippery conditions.”

The Range Rover Sport SRV is the first in Land Rover's range to use the SVR name. The 550PS V8 SUV can reach 60mph from standing in 4.5 seconds. Land Rover was using the track to demonstrate the car's four-wheel drive and all-terrain systems.


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