The Discovery is not only a complete family hauler – that can go just about anywhere – but also a “Strongman” pulling master, as recently exhibited down under in the Australian Outback.
The Disco is virtually not only selling its assets – of which there are many – but also proving the diesel engine technology has not outlived its glory days. A six-cylinder, 3.0-liter engine with 254 horsepower and 600 Newton-meters (443 pound-feet) of torque has been tasked to pull not only its weight, but also a ginormous 110-ton road train. And this stunt actually comes from a string of such demonstrations from Land Rover – the original Disco back in 1989 with its then-new 200TDI diesel engine pulled some carriages. Next up, just last year, the Discovery Sport and its four-cylinder, 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel engine towed three luxury carriages across a historic bridge – their combined weight was of more than 100 tons (200,000 pounds), which is about the same as a Boeing 757.
For the new stunt the 2018 Discovery was associated to the bigger, six-cylinder, 3.0-liter Td6 engine, with the Australian Outback being a perfect setting for the job. The task – pull a road train comprised of seven trailers and a 12-ton tractor unit. It was 100 meters (328 feet) long and the behemoth naturally needed special approval, as there’s a limit of up to four trailers and a maximum length of no more than 53.5 meters (175.5 feet). There were no changes to the Discovery – standard engine, standard eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive system, as well as standard factory-fitted tow bar attachment. Fun fact – the road train actually only weighed 100 tons, but the organizers added 10 tons of ballast to top the aforementioned Disco Sport performance. And it went on for 16 kilometers (10 miles) at a maximum speed of 27 mph (44 kph).