Range Rover Sport SVR 2018 beats Ferrari in new record on Tianmen Road in China | Cars | Life & Style
New Range Rover Sport SVR 2018 has just beaten a Ferrari while taking on a road record in China.
The Performance-focused SUV set an unofficial record for negotiating the 99 corners of the famous Tianmen Road.
With Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung behind the wheel, the Sport SVR set a time of nine minutes 51 seconds for the 11.3km ascent.
It averaged a speed of 42.8mph while navigating the intimidating road.
The run was enough to beat the previous best of 10 minutes 31 seconds – set by a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar in 2016.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung said: “I am used to the high speeds of racing but this was even more demanding.
“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.”
Powering the Sport SVR is a supercharged V8 engine producing 567 bhp and 700Nm of torque.
This allows the SUV to charge from 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 174mph.
The record-breaking ascent is the latest challenge completed by the Range Rover Sport after the PHEV model made the dizzying climb to the iconic Heaven’s Gate last month.
Prices for the new Range Rover Sport SVR start at £99,680.