Seat in the Snow

SNOW TRIALS: The Ateca put through its paces.

IN ORDER to beat the heat in the height of summer, SEAT are going back to winter for a short spell with world rally champion Juha Kankkunen for a series of testing of the Seat Ateca on a frozen lake in the north of Finland, only 200 kilometres away from the Arctic Circle.

Winter in Finland lasts six months, making it the longest season of the year. With temperatures that reach 20 °C below zero, Kankkunen has driven the Ateca without even breaking sweat.

Lake Pikku-Nissi is one of the country’s 188,000 bodies of water. Although the summer landscape is completely different, the winter cold freezes the surface of the lake, creating a 90 cm thick layer of ice that cars can safely drive on.

Snow tyres, featuring special spikes, and the 4Drive total traction system greatly helped Kankkunen to stay on the correct course. Aside from this spectacular show of skill at the wheel, when driving on snow or ice “it is advisable to gently work the pedals and turn the steering wheel, accelerate slowly and whenever possible, drive in high gear”, says SEAT driver Jordi Gené, who also participated in these tests carried out in Scandanavia.

© No part of this web site may be reproduced without written permission from the publishers. All rights reserved. Todos los derechos reservados.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

We welcome comments from readers on our website and across our social networks. We invite you to discuss issues and share your views and we encourage robust debate and criticism provided it is civil.

However we reserve the right to reject or edit comments that:

• Contain offensive language
• Include personal attacks of any kind
• Are likely to offend or target any ethnic, racial, nationality or religious group
• Are homophobic, transphobic, sexist, offensive or obscene
• Contain spam or include links to other sites
• Are clearly off topic
• Impersonate an individual or organisation, are fraudulent, defamatory of any person, threatening or invasive of another’s privacy or otherwise illegal
• Are trolling or threatening
• Promote, advertise or solicit the sale of any goods or services

You grant us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide licence to republish any material you submit to us, without limitation, in any format.