Previously, Land Rover brought the Range Sport P400e to China to climb the country's infamous Heaven's Gate, dealing with it's nearly thousand steps coupled with a steep 45 degree angle. Now, the British SUV maker is back in the country. This time, it smashed Ferrari's record in the gruesome Tiamen Mountain Road in China's Hunan province using the Range Rover Sport SVR.
The high-performance Range Rover Sport managed to complete the 11.3km run up the Tianmen Road in just 9 minutes and 51 seconds, averaging a speed of 68.8 km/h. In comparison, the Ferrari 458 Italia, which previously set the record in 2016, took 10 minutes and 31 seconds to complete the ascent.
For those wondering, Land Rover says the Range Rover Sport SVR used to set the record was not modified in any way. It still produced the same 575 PS and 700Nm of torque from it's supercharged V8 as any other that rolled out of the factory. Though we're certain that the vehicle's capability to go from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds helped it manuever throught the tight twisties.
Piloting the Range Rover SVR Sport for the Tianmen run was Panasonic-Jaguar racing driver Ho-Pin Tung. In review, he was also the driver who did the climb for Land Rover at Heaven's Gate.
“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,” said Tung.
Watch Ho-Pin Tung and the Range Rover Sport SVR beat a super car's record on Tianmen Road and its 99 corners in the video above. Though it's no official track record, it is still a sight to behold.