In early March, the Range Rover Sport SVR took on a fearsome challenge in the Hunan Province of China. Driven by Panasomic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung, the Range Rover Sport SVR tackled a dangerous mountain road and set a new unofficial record.
Ho-Pin Tung negotiated the 99 corners of the famous Tianmen Road with an average speed of 42.8mph, setting a new unofficial record of 9 minutes 51 seconds for the 11.3km ascent. The previous record of 10 minutes 31 seconds was set by Fabio Barone, driving a Ferrari 458 Italia in 2016.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest ever Land Rover, featuring a supercharged V8 engine offering 575PS with a top speed of 174mph. The SUV can accelerate from 0-60mpg in 4.3 seconds. The outstanding performance, handling and agility of the vehicle is thanks to bold design revisions and use of lightweight materials.
The Range Rover Sport SVR does not compromise on traditional Range Rover comfort, but thanks to changes to the chassis, delivers more dynamic responses. The SVO engineers focused on improving turn-in, mid-corner grip and body control, as well as controlling pitch in heavy acceleration and braking.
“I am used to the high speeds of racing, but this was even more demanding. 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.”
Panasonic Jaguar Racing Driver
This fearsome challenge is the latest to be completed by the Range Rover Sport, following the climb made by the PHEV model to the Heaven’s Gate natural rock arch in February.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is available with a set of distinctive innovations made by the Special Vehicle Operations team including a pair of large air vents, a revised front bumper and luxury SVR Performance seats embossed with the SVR logo.