The new Range Rover Sport continues to impress after performing in an all-terrain race against two open-water swimmers, where it had to cross a flooded causeway to Burgh Island, which is usually only accessible when the tide is low.
This point-to-point race is one of many challenges the Ranger Rover Sport has been put against, such as the record-setting hill-climb at Pikes Peak, a record breaking crossing of the 'Empty Quarter' desert located in the Arabian Peninsula and 2016s Downhill Alpine Ski Challenge.
Pitched against two-time open-water swimming world champion Keri-anne Payne and endurance athlete Ross Edgley, the Range Rover Sport confronted soft sand, tidal roads and waves up to 850mm deep during its 8.7 mile inland drive to South Devon from Bantham Beach. The swimmers faced an almost mile long route along the coastline whilst the Range Rover Sport P400e electric-petrol model tackled roads that had been flooded by the incoming tide. The SUV also deployed the use of its EV mode allowing it to sneak almost inaudibly through the quaint villages along its planned route.
The sport SUV had reached the beach but not before the tide had come in, covering the ground that links Burgh Island to the rest of the country, meaning the Range Rover Sport had the opportunity to take advantage of its aquatic capabilities. Coming down to the wire, the SUV gained the upper hand and managed to overtake the swimming duo, and claim first place.
To watch this exciting race yourself, click on the video below to see how well the Range Rover Sport handles an all-terrain track.
I’ve competed around the world, but I’ve never done anything quite like this. With a strong tide, I was having to try really hard to stay ahead of the Range Rover Sport – not what I usually see over my shoulder when I’m racing!
I’m used to extreme challenges and this certainly fits into that category. The waves were so powerful, I could see the Range Rover Sport was being buffeted around in the water, but it still made short work of the rising tide across the causeway to Burgh Island.
The Range Rover Sport is available for purchase for the first time ever with the Land Rover advanced plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain, granting the P400e version an EV range of 51km with a fuel consumption rate of 101mpg and CO2 emissions of 64g per km. This 85kW electric motor is combined with a 2.0-litre Si4 221kW Ingenium petrol engine, allowing for the production of 297kW and 640Nm of torque.
Only a Land Rover could blend electrified sustainable performance with the absolute capability required to take on two open water swimmers. The introduction of the latest PHEV technology broadens the appeal of the Range Rover Sport. Whisper quiet in EV mode, it brings a new level of serenity to the driving experience and the transition to combined power is seamless, delivering an addictive performance boost at the top end.
Land Rover's intelligent Terrain Response 2 system provides superb traction allowing the Range Rover Sport to have maximum traction on any terrain, allowing the SUV to effortlessly grip to any surface no matter the conditions.
The Range Rover Sport was designed and engineered at Jaguar Land Rover's manufacturing centre in the UK, with the latest model being produced at the Solihull production facility. This latest model joins the Range Rover Sport family, which has since sold over 732,000 units since being introduced over a decade ago. Initially introduced in 2004, the Range Rover Sport has provided an unparalleled combination of refinement and exhilarating performance earning the SUV numerous appearances in media globally, on the big-screen and on TV.
If you would like to learn more information about the Range Rover Sport, visit: www.landrover.com/vehicles/range-rover-sport/index.html