This striking example of Valtra’s T234 was one of the tractor highlights at the recently-held TechAgro farm machinery show, at Brno in the Czech Republic. Finished by the Finnish tractor maker’s Unlimited Studio, and fitted with Soucy tracks, the tractor was pimped for the Red Bull Crashed Ice Challenge, a series of downhill ice-skating races, which sees contestants tackle challenging courses at speeds of up to 80km/hr.
Events take place in Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Russia, Switzerland and the US, and the T234 was first seen by visitors to the second race of the season near the Valtra factory at Jyväskylä.
This is not the first time a 250hp T234 has made the headlines on the ice. In 2015, four-time rally world champion Juha Kankkunen piloted a 7.70t T234 along a 2.3km-long snow and ice-covered runway in northern Finland. Reaching a top speed of 130.165km/hr, the T set a Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest tractor.
A round-up of some of the other machine highlights from the Brno Fairgrounds are detailed in the latest issue of the magazine (June cover date).