The British specialty brand has just released the latest achievement of its extreme Range Rover Sport SVR – which tackled the ice-carved replica of the Silverstone track – on a frozen lake.
Billed as the fastest sport utility vehicle to have ever tackled the Nurburgring Nordschleife, the Range Rover Sport SVR decided to look for Santa Claus in the far north but instead found near the Arctic Circle the full-size replica of the Silverstone circuit – recreated by Land Rover on the Lake Udjaur’s ice. And such high expenses need to be balanced with some celebrities so Land Rover also asked Land Rover Ambassador and polar explorer, Ben Saunders, to see the Silverstone recreation and check out how the massive high-performance SUV can handle such a slippery surface. He was not alone, being tipped off to all the necessary maneuvers by Land Rover Experience Instructor and former rally champion, Minna Sillankorva. The monster SUV used its Terrain Response 2 system to handle the traction issues together with its permanent four-wheel drive system and two-speed transfer case. If all things failed, then the Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential was able to send the most torque to the rear wheel that still had traction.
Under the hood of the Range Rover Sport SVR sits tucked nicely the grunty V8 5.0-liter supercharged gasoline unit that churns out 550 PS (405 kW) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque. The hulking SUV can handle the zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint in just 4.5 seconds and will reach a maximum speed of 162 mph (261 km/h).