Range Rover Sport SVR tramples Ferrari's Tianmen record

Range Rover Sport SVR sets Tianmen Road record

Range Rover Sport SVR climbs Tianmen Road in record time (video)

We typically don't think of an SUV as a great performer. Range Rover Sport SVR is further fixed with automatic transmission of eight-speed and also with an all-wheel driving system.

The mountain road has no less than 99 corners, but that didn't matter, since the Range Rover Sport SVR set a new unofficial record of 9 minutes 51 seconds for the 11.3km ascent, beating the 10 minutes 31 seconds - set by a Ferrari 458 Italia in 2016.

And in the end, Tung triumphed, maintaining an average speed of 42.8 miles per hour throughout the entirety of the course, completing his time in 9:51, and smashing the Ferrari's record by 40 seconds.

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Range Rover has set another record in China - obviously it's trying to make a nice impression there - by taking one of its awesome Range Rover Sport SVR models up the Tianmen Road in record time. It's considered a flagship for the brand with design revisions and lightweight materials to enhance performance, handling, and agility.

After breaking the record, Ho-Pin Tung said, 'I am used to the high speeds of racing, but this was even more demanding. The engineers at SVO focused on controlling pitch under heavy acceleration and braking, and changes to the damping hardware have improved turn-in, mid-corner grip and body control. "Maintaining concentration was the biggest challenge as the road twists and turns constantly, with huge drop-offs to the side", he explained.

Last month we wrote about Land Rover conquering the Heaven's Gate rock arch in China, with a steep 999-step climb to do in a Range Rover Sport PHEV.

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It's not every day that an SUV is faster than a supercar on a twisty mountain road, but that's what the Range Rover Sport SVR can now brag about.

Helping to set the record was the SVR's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine that produces 423kW and 700Nm.

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