Driver of 911 prototype barrels into a snow bank on his way to a test run at the ice track.

Those winter tests are meant to be grueling but trying to get a 911 through a meter of snow, well, that's just not what the car is made for anyway.

Here's a set of spy shots of a Porsche 911 prototype stuck in the snow as the car undergoes development testing somewhere in Scandinavia. Apparently, the driver of the test vehicle lost control of it on his way to the ice track, ironically enough, and drove into a snow bank.

Fortunately, no one was hurt but the driver did have to wait for a colleague in a Porsche Cayenne to help him get the 911 prototype out.

The next-generation Porsche 911 base-model will come with a 3.4 liter Boxer engine with an output of 350 PS (257 kW / 345 bhp) - good for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 289 km/h (180 mph). The Carrera S gets a revised 3.8 liter unit with 400 PS (294 kW / 395 bhp) enabling it to do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 302 km/h (188 mph).

The 2012 Porsche 911 is due for unveiling later this year.

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