Mazda has recently completed a four-hour race in Are, Sweden in which 20 MX-5 roadsters competed on the ice to see just how much the small roadster can handle in abnormal terrain. With temperatures down to -24 degrees Fahrenheit, Mazda racers representing 26 nations faced off on the icy terrain that required spiked tires. Drivers consisted of motor journalists with racing experience, and TV fans and readers who won tickets to the event through a series of special contests.
Over the course of four days, there were two extensive training sessions, a qualifying session that determined pole and starting positions, and the race itself, which was divided into two sessions. The team that drove the most number of laps during the four hour race was deemed the winner. Though the Australians, who were the early favorites to win, made difficult driving seem easy and the Belgium team had excellent driving consistency, in the end it was the Russian team that won the gruelling race due to their heroic and daring driving.
To get an idea of how difficult it is to drive an MX-5 in such conditions, be sure to check out the Mazda produced video.