A New Adventure for Range Rover
For the 2018 Range Rover Sport, the company decided to take on the Dragon Challenge. The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge encompasses Tianmen Mountain Road in the Hunan Province of China. This road incorporates 99 hairpin turns on 7 miles of mountainside road. Usually, this road is strictly in use by ECO buses. Furthermore, to reach the summit, there is a 999-step staircase. This staircase leads to “Heaven’s Gate”, a natural rock arch in the mountainside. Mythically, this location is thought to be where the mortal world comes into contact with the world of the gods.
Specifications of the Range Rover Sport
The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge requires quite the vehicle to complete. The 2018 Range Rover Sport SE starts at a price of $68,750. In this deal, a 3.0-liter motor is included that produces 254 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows it to reach 60 mph in only 7.2 seconds. Furthermore, the Sport has a top speed of 130 mph. Finally, to optimize the hill climb, this car features different modes for functionality. These range from Terrain Response levels to Mud and Ruts mode.
Completing the Dragon Challenge
”The Dragon Challenge is the hardest challenge I’ve ever been involved with because I can’t categorically say that we will succeed.” – Phil Jones, Land Rover Experience Special Projects Expert
To complete the 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge, the company decided to use driver Ho-Pin Tung. He is a Le Mans 24 Hours winner and driver for the Jaguar Formula E Racing team. The first step was to tackle Tianmen Mountain Road’s 7-miles of 99 hairpin turns. In Terrain Response 2 mode, the SUV maneuvers better, allowing to complete it with ease. But, that was not the major challenge. The largest challenge was tackling the 45-degree angle of the 999 step staircase to “Heaven’s Gate”. In Mud and Ruts mode, the Sport was able to accomplish this feat. This made the Range Rover Sport the first car that made it to “Heaven’s Gate” in only 22 minutes and 41 seconds.
Who Will Accomplish the Challenge Next?
Range Rover Sport | Dragon Challenge – Land Rover Deutschland – YouTube
After such a feat by Range Rover, it is only a certain amount of time before contenders step up to the plate. Obviously, this depends if China officials allow it to take place again. The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge is quite impressive, showing the capabilities of the SUV. With many different modes, the Sport can handle everything from hairpin turns to off-road adventures. Although it is a bit pricey, this car is definitely worth it for those who can afford it. The Maserati Levante was aimed at the Sports level of market, but probably can’t accomplish this type of feat. But, nobody truly knows, so maybe they should try it sometime. In conclusion, the 2018 Range Rover Sport is a beastly SUV showing the power of the Land Rover company.