The new Range Rover Sport P400e took on the dragon and won as the petrol-electric performance SUV completed the steep ascent up the 999 steps to Heaven’s Gate in China
In a world-first, the factory standard plug-in-hybrid (PHEV)
took up the challenge of tackling the 99 turns on the 11.3km Tianmen Mountain
Road, also known as the Dragon Road, before hauling itself up the 45-degree
climb on one of China’s famous landmarks.
Driven by Le Mans winner and Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s
Ho-Pin Tung, the challenge was the perfect opportunity to show the brawn and
power of the hybrid Range Rover Sport’s 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine and
electric motor when working in tandem.
Ho-Pin said: “This was without doubt one of the most demanding
driving challenges I’ve ever faced. The Range Rover Sport PHEV performed
brilliantly as it inspired real confidence on the mountain road and climbed the
stairs up to Heaven’s Gate effortlessly.”
Using their combined and extensive knowledge Land
Rover Experience expert Phil Jones and engineer Dan Hook called upon all of
their years of experience at Land Rover’s testing facility to ensure the
challenge was a success. Phil said: “By making it to the summit, we’ve proven
the phenomenal capability of the Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid like never
before – with a genuine world first.”
Phil, Dan and the wider team worked tirelessly to
achieve this magnificent result, demonstrating the competency of Land Rover’s
This was the second time the Range Rover Sport PHEV
has tested its mettle having previously taken on two-time open-water swimming
world champion Kerry-Anne Payne and endurance athlete Ross Edgley.