Instead, we are looking at a sensational combination of curves that were designed and sanctified by no other than Hermann Tilke, one of the best racetrack designers in the world. It is a course that seems to have been created just for the Arteon. It brings a huge grin to the face of all participants after an introductory round.
From drift to drift, from curve to curve
The Arteon sails easily and precisely through the curves. All by itself, the load change brings the rear of the 4.86-metre-long, four-door coupé into the right position. Immediately afterwards, you can use the gas pedal and 380 Nm torque to pull off a clean drift on the ice. Trust builds with each curve. The vehicles, drivers and the road bed have gotten to know one another. The drift speed continues to pick up. I am really grateful for the progressive steering system used in the Arteon: It reduces the steering angle input to just one turn to the right or the left. This feature is a real benefit on this track. Without it, the job of steering and the transition from drift to drift would be much more demanding.
The driver ahead of me seems to really love the precise chassis set-up. The back wheels of his Arteon are kicking up more and more thick clouds of snow. In the process, the rear continues to move closer and closer to the white, cold retaining wall. I wonder just how much longer he can continue to pull it off.