The catch is we’re not dealing with your average RR Sport – and instead Land Rover took to the demanding road in China with the SVR high-performance version… though it’s still mind-numbing to hear an SUV had a chance at beating a supercar!
The 575PS Range Rover Sport SVR, with its V8 supercharged engine is capable of reaching 60 mph in 4,3 seconds and 100 kph in 4,5 seconds, so there’s reason why Land Rover had confidence in its abilities to tackle the 99 turns of the world-famous Tianmen Road in China. The SVR ended up with a time of 9 minutes 51 seconds, unofficially taking the record from the previous benchmark of 10 minutes 31 seconds set by a Ferrari 458 Italia. The SVR was a standard model, but at the wheel was Le Mans class-winner and Panasonic Jaguar Racing reserve and test driver Ho-Pin Tung.
The 11.3km ascent was taken by storm with an average speed of 68.8km/h (42.8mph), which is certainly quite fetching even though the top speed sits at a mesmerizing 280km/h (174mph). “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,” commented Ho-Pin Tung. And you could have the 700 Nm hulking machine for “just” £99,680 at home in the UK.