Tue Jan 07 2014 13:24:09 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"Champion freestyle skier and notorious petrolhead Jon spends upwards of 300 days out of every year with a set of skis as his luggage. Rather than risk putting them in the hold of a budget airline, or stuffing them into the boot of a beaten-up old rental car, he organises his own, unique transport. He gets about in an assortment of hot vehicles that have included an Audi R8, a Nissan GT-R, a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 540 and a Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SV, all of which have had enormous ski racks.
It should be noted that Jon also has an rather insane Ultima GTR, which doesn't have a roof rack, because its enormous rear wing could easily double as a snowboard.
Each of his cars has been modified quite heavily. The Audi R8, for example, has a full carbon fibre body kit from PPI Razor, which it 250Kg lighter than standard R8s. Its V10 engine has been fettled by Audi modding specialists Stasis, which fitted a supercharger so it now produces in the region of 800bhp. It'll do around 208mph, although we're not sure whether that's with or without the ski box on top.
If inclement weather conspires against the rear-wheel-drive R8, then Olssen's Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SV should prove a far more practical option. This sort of car can is most often found pounding tarmac-laden race circuits, but its four-wheel-drive system means it actually lends itself quite well to the piste. We've also seen Jon drive the same car through an enormous puddle as part of the Gumball 3000.
We're not sure we'd run the risk of ruining such expensive machinery by hooning around on snowy, salty mountain roads, but we've got to admire Olsson's audacity -- and his taste in cars. His vehicles are undeniably beautiful and his decision to add the ski boxes really adds considerably to to their overall appeal."