I recently participated in Aston Martin On Ice Performance Lapland in Arvidsjaur, Sweden. It was a 4 days of driving on ice training from morning till afternoon, including a special time trial at night. A collection of recent Aston Martin cars were in the line up. Rapide S, DB9 Coupe and Convertible, V8 Vantage, Vantage S, V12 Vantage S, Vanquish and Vanquish Volante. All cars were on spikes. The track is located in Swedish Lapland on a frozen lake over 15 km square area and it’s Aston Martin’s own lake. There are more car companies organising this kind of tests in Arvidsjaur but Aston Martin has the most special and the largest track. It has many different combination including mini version of real race tracks like Spa and Nürburgring.
I completed about 12 hours of driving in most of driving those cars in the line up. 2 persons shared a car. The training was about handling, precision, performance and of course joy. I was totally thrilled by all cars performance. Each car was very unique on ice and acted completely different than others. All electronics (DSC) were off except the night time trial. In the night time trial event I drove with DSC track mode on just to be on the safe side. Despite all the power, Aston Martin cars have an amazing handling and performance on ice and they are very solid cars. I crashed the car few times hard and there wasn’t even a scratch. All cars have an extra protection bumper in front.
I had no experience before with Aston Martin cars and in fact no experience with RWD cars at all. I just drove a Ferrari 458 Spider last year for 20 minutes and it was in the traffic and I drove some road cars like BMW and Mercedes but it was just for intercity transportation.
I was thrilled by how good I was and I believe it’s because that for my entire life I was behind the wheel but in simulation games. All minor and major techniques came from simulation games and I could easily adopted it to real life driving.
We had 4 race drivers in the event as our mentors and all of them are former race drivers who raced in proper series. One of them was a former LMP driver who raced 9 times in Le Mans 24 Hours. When I told them that I had no experience with a powerful RWD car except simulation games, they were all surprised by my performance.
Our mentors were really helpful and sometimes they interested and guided us individually and the most important thing they never interrupted our driving session. We were all free to drive without any intervention.
The price of the event may seem a bit overpriced but I think it’s the best package for this kind of event. It was not just about driving but I also shared good memories with other participants. Accommodation, foods and other activities were also great and satisfied. I can guarantee that the experience of driving an Aston Martin is a priceless thing. You may have an Aston Martin or a similar car but you wouldn’t be able to find this kind of experience anywhere else. That’s why this event is very unique for many reasons.
If you are financially well enough then I highly recommend you to do this. It will be an unforgettable experience for you.
For more information please visit Aston Martin On Ice Experience or feel free to ask me on the comment section below.
For the event I used GoPro 4 Black Edition with suction cup and head strap for capturing different angles and views. I had no experience with a GoPro before but for overall it was easy to use. I captured videos in 4K, 2.7K at 60 fps and 1080p Super View mode. Outside temperature was around -1 to -10 and that drained the battery more quickly. With a fully charged battery I could managed to record about 50 - 60 minutes of video. In a recording I forgot to select spot metering ON and that resulted as a very bright image because of snow and I had some problem with head strap angle. First time I used it, the view angle was too above and GoPro almost captured the ceiling of the car. Next time I paid more attention for the angle and it was resulted much better.
Below you can watch some various videos from Aston Martin On Ice event. All videos taken while I was driving the car. I hope you'll enjoy as much as I did.
2015 Aston Martin On Ice Performance Lapland Playlist
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