Winter rallycross requires added robustness. This S6 ditched the plastic bumper cover for a metal creation dubbed ICE6.
Those of us (un)lucky enough to live in the snowy winter climates have one winter refuge when it comes to motorsports. Ice autocross. Conceptually, it is exactly what the name implies. A dash around the cones, but on ice or snow instead of pavement. We discovered this ice autocross car on Facebook, and found it was constructed by two enthusiasts named Artsem Vechar and Mitch Vokaty. The car itself is owned by Jay Bullington, and the “ICE6” concept for this ice racer is very cool.
Much like autocross, drivers in ice autocross have a tendency of taking their build to extremes. And while you may have already noticed this car’s porcupine tires, we’re mostly interested in what’s going on with that new fascia.
Snowbanks are filled with ice chunks, despite snow itself being soft. Plus, orange cones are rock hard in frigid temperatures. Plastic bumper covers have a tendency to break in these conditions, but metal sure won’t. Vechar described the build as “unique and challenging.” That’s an understatement considering it is a 4-piece build, that utilizes a new front grille section, the entire front bumper section, a skid plate, and fenders.
Best part of all? This setup installs in factory mounting points, and can revert back to stock.
Materials used include 1.5 inch, 11 gauge DOM tubing for the structure. The bumper itself utilized 7 gauge sheet metal, and the fenders used 16 gauge sheet. We’re most impressed by the precision, the ability to work around existing components within the bumper, and also keep all of the Audi styling cues as part of the build. Speaking of which, the “ICE6” integration into the fender is seriously cool.
What would be even cooler is if this kind of build can be integrated into the latest craze of exo karts. You know, the cars that have all of the body panels removed, with the only part that’s left is a floor and a bit of roll cage. This would fit the theme, and be able to identify what the car once was. It probably would be a bit cold for ice racing though.
Photos: Artsem Vechar