SUPERCAR BEATER: RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR SETS TIANMEN ROAD RECORD

12 March 2018

Land Rover’s enhanced performance SUV sets new benchmark on Tianmen Road, China

  • New performance SUV beats supercar record for tackling the 99 turns of the world-famous Tianmen Road in China
  • 575PS Range Rover Sport SVR features enhanced V8 supercharged engine, delivering 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds (0-60mph in 4.3 seconds)
  • Performance flagship completed epic drive in 9 minutes 51 seconds, beating benchmark of 10 minutes 31 seconds set by a Ferrari 458 Italia
  • Standard production SVR model was piloted by Le Mans class-winner and Panasonic Jaguar Racing reserve and test driver Ho-Pin Tung

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SUPERCAR BEATER: RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR SETS TIANMEN ROAD RECORD
SUPERCAR BEATER: RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR SETS TIANMEN ROAD RECORD

An SUV is not meant to outperform a supercar, but that’s exactly what happened when the new Range Rover Sport SVR took on a fearsome mountain road in China.

Land Rover’s performance SUV, driven by Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung, has smashed the record for negotiating the 99 corners of the famous Tianmen Road.

The standard production Range Rover Sport SVR set a new unofficial record of 9 minutes 51 seconds for the 11.3km ascent at an average speed of 68.8km/h (42.8mph), beating the previous best of 10 minutes 31 seconds – set by a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar in 2016.

SUPERCAR BEATER: RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR SETS TIANMEN ROAD RECORD
SUPERCAR BEATER: RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR SETS TIANMEN ROAD RECORD

 

With 575PS available from its enhanced V8 supercharged engine, the new Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest ever Land Rover and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds (0-60mph in only 4.3 seconds) with a top speed of 280km/h (174mph). The new performance flagship features bold design revisions and increased use of lightweight materials to enhance performance, handling and agility.

Coupled with changes to the chassis, the new SVR delivers more dynamic responses without compromising traditional Range Rover comfort. The engineers at SVO focused on controlling pitch under heavy acceleration and braking, and changes to the damping hardware have improved turn-in, mid-corner grip and body control.

I am used to the high speeds of racing but these 99 turns were something unique. Maintaining concentration was the biggest challenge as the road twists and turns constantly, with huge drop-offs to the side. The consequences of getting it wrong would have been really serious so I focused on establishing a rhythm and the Range Rover Sport SVR made this easy – it may be an SUV but it has the performance and agility of a supercar and can take you to places a supercar can only dream of.

Ho-Pin Tung
Panasonic Jaguar Racing Driver

The optional exposed carbon fibre bonnet is one of the distinctive innovations introduced by the experts at Special Vehicle Operations and features a pair of large air vents to underline its performance potential. A revised front bumper provides enhanced brake and engine cooling while the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine produces 700Nm of torque.

Inside, new lightweight SVR Performance seats provide superior support and traditional Range Rover luxury with Windsor leather, an embossed SVR logo and a choice of four colour combinations.

SUPERCAR BEATER: RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR SETS TIANMEN ROAD RECORD
SUPERCAR BEATER: RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR SETS TIANMEN ROAD RECORD
SUPERCAR BEATER: RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR SETS TIANMEN ROAD RECORD

The record-breaking ascent is the latest challenge completed by the Range Rover Sport after the PHEV model made the dizzying climb to the iconic Heaven’s Gate natural rock arch at the road’s summit last month. The PHEV made its debut in a race against two-time open-water swimming world champion Keri-anne Payne and endurance athlete Ross Edgley in Devon, UK.

The Range Rover Sport SVR is priced from £99,680. To watch the record-breaking run and listen to the Range Rover Sport’s distinctive V8 soundtrack, courtesy of its intelligent two-stage active exhaust system, click here: https://youtu.be/3MrdU6XbJok

Further information

Contact:

John Paul Mooney

Land Rover Global Product PR Manager

M: +44 (0)7764 377358 

Email: jmoone10@jaguarlandrover.com

Notes to Editors

The previous record for the Tianmen Road was set in 2016 by Italian driver Fabio Barone in a modified Ferrari 458 Italia.

About Land Rover

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true 'breadth of capability' across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque each define the world's SUV sectors, with 80 per cent of this model range exported to over 100 countries.