Range Rover Sport SVR tramples Ferrari's Tianmen record

Joanna Estrada
March 14, 2018

New Range Rover Sport SVR 2018 has just beaten a Ferrari while taking on a road record in China.

For the road is one of the most treacherous on the planet with no fewer than 99 hairpin bends. SUV is not just a typical model of other SUV.

The earlier climb challenge also included driving that road in its entirety, but at that time Land Rover didn't set out to beat the record set by Italian privateer Fabio Barone with a Ferrari 458 Italia in 2016 - the same auto he used in 2015 to set a 9:13 record time at the famous Transfagarasan road in Romania.

The fact that the SVR has the all-wheel-drive advantage over the Ferrari can not explain the major difference since the 458 Italia is much lighter than the RR Sport. To set the latest record, SVR was fixed with Jaguar Racing driver of Panasonic Ho-Pin Tung.

Tung's superb skills piloted the supercharged 4X4 to a new record by reaching the finish line of the seven-mile road in a breathtaking 9 minutes and 51 seconds. "Maintaining concentration was the biggest challenge as the road twists and turns constantly, with huge drop-offs to the side", said Tung.

The unofficial record, and I think that's key, was set by Fabio Barone in 2016 in a Ferrari 458 Italia who has since gone on to race a Roman-era chariot... This isn't the only stunt that Land Rover did in China, since the Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid recently climbed the 999 steps leading to China's Heaven's Gate. However, this sound is comparatively less as there are 99 turns already implemented over the uphill course, which has the potential to span 7 miles (11.3 km).

The record-breaking journey included mind-boggling angles of up to 45-degrees along "Dragon Road".

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