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Jeep Sets SUV Speed Record on Ice

Clocked at 280 km/h, a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with Brembo brake system demonstrated unmatched grip on the ice

Avatar By: Wheels.ca May 15, 2019

At the annual Speed Days of the recent Baikal Ice Motor Sports Festival 2019 in Russia, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk set the speed record for SUVs driven on ice.

According to data confirmed by the Russian Automobile Federation (RAF), the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was able to achieve an average speed over a distance of one km of more than 257 km/h with a rolling start and an average speed starting from a standstill of more than 100 km/h. The maximum speed on ice according to the GPS trackers was 280 km/h.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk backs up its claim as the most powerful mass-produced SUV in the world.

Under the hood was a 710 hp 6.2-litre V8 engine. Helping the Trackhawk reach 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds with a maximum speed of 290 km/h.(Video here)

Participation in this event means a serious load on the braking system due to the unique conditions of the Baikal ice.

In sunlight, the surface of the lake is covered in a film of water, which reduces grip on the surface. Even in such conditions, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk demonstrated excellent braking results thanks to the Brembo brake system, which uses large front brakes.

Traction was granted by the Jeep Quadra-Trac on-demand four-wheel-drive system, which includes an electronic limited-slip rear differential and a single-speed active transfer case, and the Selec-Track system with five dynamic modes – Auto, Sport, Track, Snow and Tow – which allows the driver to choose a vehicle setting that ideally meets any requirement and ambient conditions, including ice driving.

Before the race, unnecessary items were removed from the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and a sufficient level of fuel was included.

The Speed Days of the Baikal Ice festival were first held in 2011.

Over eight years, more than 20 speed records have been set on the Baikal ice in different categories of vehicles.