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Bugatti Considers Entering the Sedan Market

Bugatti Considers Entering the Sedan Market

Venturing into New Terrain

The new Bugatti CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, has stated that the company is considering a second model to sell alongside the popular Chiron. Bugatti has considered entering the Sedan Market but tends to favor the SUV body style instead.

“It’s clear that if we do something different from a super-sports car like the Chiron, then it would not be enough just to be in love with one type of car…We would look at every body style and regional demand and not put our money into something that is fading”. 


Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti CEO

His reference to “something that is fading” was towards the saloon, or sedan as they are known in non-European markets. Apparently, there has been a decline in sedan sales in the European market, while SUVs have seen an increased demand.

It’s true that prior to the arrival of their new CEO, the company worked on the idea of a four-door sedan using the Galibier name. However, indications are that the market would better support an SUV body style.

Breaking into the SUV Market

Lamborghini Urus - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift
Lamborghini Urus – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Winkelmann has experience in the SUV market. He was part of the conception of the Lamborghini Urus SUV which has been launched.

Bugatti is not the only car manufacturer whose looking at the possibility of a new SUV. Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, and Bentley also want a piece of the action. Ferrari project, known as Purosange, will feature plug-in hybrid technology and be the fastest vehicle of its type. This could make competition for a Bugatti SUV even stiffer.

Timeline for the Next Bugatti Model

2016 Bugatti Royale INTERIOR 5-door Fastback Bugatti Veyron? Bugatti Sedan Commercial CARJAM TV HD – YouTube

Whether sedan or SUV, it does look as if the new Bugatti model is not the only project for the Volkswagen Group. It may have to take a backseat to their electric vehicle and autonomous technology development. However, with the current popularity of the Chiron, their priorities could change.

By the way, LEGO built an awesome Chiron model, check it out here!

Audi Considers Reviving Horch to Battle Bentley & Rolls

Audi Considers Reviving Horch to Battle Bentley & Rolls

Horch Might Be Making a Comeback!

Audi has said that they plan to revive the Horch name for their A8 sedan. The most powerful version of the A8 will rival both Bentley and Rolls in terms of luxury and performance.

The Audi A8 W12 Powertrain

Audi A8 - Front Corner - M 93 - Wikipedia - EuroDrift
Audi A8 – Front Corner – M 93 – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Automotive News reports that the new Audi A8 will come with options for either the V8 or the W12 that is currently only used by Bentley. Specs for the A8 Horch W12 include a 585 bhp, 6.0-litre engine which is more powerful than Audi’s previous generation A8 W12.

In the Bentley Continental, the W12 puts out about 582 horsepower and uses a 6.0-liter engine. The Rolls-Royce Phantom boasts 563 bhp. The modifications planned for the new Horch A8 will now make it competitive with the other W12 cars.

The History of the W12 Engine

Napier Lion Engine - Overview on Display - Peter Grecian - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift
Napier Lion Engine – Overview on Display – Peter Grecian – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The W12 engine was originally used in aircraft engine designs during the 1920’s and Formula One racing cars in the 1980’s. The modern version of the W12 is part of the Volkswagen Group W12 engines and used on several concept and production vehicles.

  • Audi 
    • Avus Quattro (concept version only)
    • A8L W12
  • Bentley
  • Spyker
    • C12 La Turbie
    • C12 Zagato
    • D12 Peking-to-Paris (prototype version only)
  • Volkswagen
    • GTI W12-650 (prototype only)
    • Phaeton W12
    • Touareg W12
    • W12 (concept car)

(source)

The Revival of the Horch Name

A journey through the Audi history – The Horch Museum Zwickau – Audi Germany – YouTube

The revival of the Horch name pays tribute to one of Audi’s original founders, just as Mercedes’ revival of Maybach did.

Right now, Audi has no plans for a stand-alone model under the Horch name. Audi has said that they don’t plan to use the moniker on any other vehicle but the Audi A8. It seems fitting that their top-of-the-line vehicle would carry the name of their founder.

Despite the fact that the plans for the Horch A8 W12 are complete, no production date has yet been set.

Note: The 1939 Horch 930V Phaeton picture for the featured image was taken by Ramgeis of Wikimedia Commons.

How Does the Auto Navigation System Function?

How Does the Auto Navigation System Function?

Satellites Orbit Earth Non-Stop 24/7

High above our heads, a network of about 30 satellites continually orbit the earth. The US government initially put the system in place for military use. Today, it’s used by military and civilians alike to drive our auto navigation systems.

Somebody Is Always Watching

No matter where you are on the planet, at least four satellites can “see” you at any time. Each one continually receives and transmits data to and from units on Earth. A receiving unit might be a SatNav, mobile phone, or GPS.

The auto navigation system in your car continually sends and receives radio signals from those four satellites with eyes on you. Three of the radio waves are used to triangulate your location, and the fourth helps verify the accuracy of the data.

Once the auto navigation unit “knows” where you are, it uses software to place your image on a map. This image shows on the display that you see inside your car.

The Development of Auto Navigation

Porsche Cayenne Navigation System - Interior of Vehicle - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift
Porsche Cayenne Navigation System – Interior of Vehicle – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Before 2000, the government kept the civilian and military navigation systems separate. The data used by US forces could pinpoint a location within 22 meters. The civilian version was much less accurate. It was about five times less precise. This discrepancy kept the public from picking up on military data.

However, in 2000, the civilian population gained access to more accurate data by executive order. It was after that order that auto navigation began to take off.

What Does the Future Hold?

Satellite Navigation: HOW does it Work? | Headsqueeze – BBC Earth Lab – YouTube

Today, it’s possible for car navigation systems to determine your location within 13 meters. They can also send, receive, and process data so fast, that the process is virtually seamless. In fact, the process is becoming precise enough to allow the development of self-navigating cars.

Who knows where auto navigation will take us in the future?

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold: A Brand New Classic

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold: A Brand New Classic

Reviving the 993 Turbo for One Car

In 2018, Porsche is celebrating its 70th anniversary as a sports car manufacturer. For this special occasion, the Porsche Classic division went ahead with a unique project. This venture goes by the name of Project Gold. Basically, Porsche is creating a brand-new classic vehicle. The project, a Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold, will only have one unit available for market. Fortunately, people who’d like to buy the car can attempt to do so at auction. During the RM Sotheby’s auction in Atlanta on October 27, 2018, this car will be sold for a great cause. All funds from the vehicle will go to the Ferry Porsche Foundation. This charity focuses on youth development, education, and social activities.

Specs on 993 Turbo Project Gold

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The brand-new Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold will be the official last air-cooled model by the manufacturer. Cut off two decades ago in 1998, this car continues the chassis number chain while being unique to itself. First, this build features a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine with 450 horsepower. This motor is from the original 993 Turbo S, rather than the 993 Turbo. Obviously, this engine will feature air-cooling technology from the 90s period rather than modern coolant systems. The engine works in combo with an original manual transmission and AWD system. Yes, the transmission and AWD system were pulled from a classic parts bin at the facility. Finally, the car wears a beautiful golden yellow metallic paint to signify its presence.

Going Once! Going Twice! Sold!

Porsche Gold – One and only. – Porsche – YouTube

At the end of October 2018, one lucky wealthy man will obtain this beautiful Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold. As a Porsche enthusiast since youth, this car is a dream and would be amazing to have in possession. Who can say that they obtained a brand-new 993 in 2018? Well, not many… considering the limit is one in production. The original 993 Turbo can fetch up to $200,000, so this car will most likely surpass this value. Considering its uniqueness and cause, this car may fetch up to $400,000 or $500,000, or maybe even more. Honestly, it depends how much someone wants this beautiful car. Overall, the 993 rebuild is stunning and will forever be a rare collectible piece for one lucky owner.

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold - In-Progress - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Porsche 993 911 Turbo Project Gold – In-Progress – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept: The Next Ultimate Series Model

McLaren Senna GTR Concept: The Next Ultimate Series Model

The Third Ultimate Series Model for McLaren

McLaren Senna GTR Concept - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

McLaren, previously known for the F1 GTR and P1 GTR, is currently working on a concept dubbed the Senna GTR. The McLaren Senna GTR Concept will be the third ultimate series model, completing a trio. Obviously, the first vehicle of the series is the McLaren F1 GTR. Secondly, there is the McLaren P1 GTR. Now, there will be the McLaren Senna GTR. The Senna GTR will provide the “purest connection between car and driver” according to the McLaren website. Supposedly, it will also be the “most track focused McLaren yet.”

McLaren F1 GTR & P1 GTR

McLaren F1 GTR - Side - 1998 Goodwood Festival of Speed - User PSParrot - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

McLaren F1 GTR – Side – 1998 Goodwood Festival of Speed – User PSParrot – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Now, it is only right to discuss the McLaren Senna GTR Concept predecessors. Firstly, there is the McLaren F1 GTR. This vehicle is famous for its victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans event. It beat the competition with less power, and no expectation to come out on top. With a BMW 6.1-liter V12 engine, this car took the lead. This motor boasts 592 horsepower, which was plenty to win. Overall, the McLaren F1 itself is a legendary car, let alone the more sophisticated GTR version. The McLaren F1 GTR was the first in the ultimate series lineup.

McLaren P1 GTR - Front Corner - 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed - User Matthew Lamb - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

McLaren P1 GTR – Front Corner – 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed – User Matthew Lamb – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The next predecessor to the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is the McLaren P1 GTR. This vehicle is very recent, being only a few years past production. Yet, it still is one heck of a supercar. The P1 GTR was built to celebrate the F1 GTR victory from 1995. Except, this time, the car boasts 986 horsepower, almost double of the F1 GTR. The power arrives from the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8. Those specs alone show the difference in the power of cars in the last 20 years. This power allows the P1 GTR to reach 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds with a limited top speed of 217 mph.

Breakdown of Senna GTR Concept

McLaren Senna GTR Concept - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Lastly, it is time to go over the focus of this article, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept. Under the hood, the Senna GTR sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This motor produces a whopping 814 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. This may be less than the P1 GTR, but it will be faster around the track, which is more important. Also, noteworthy, the Senna GTR is slightly more powerful than the street-legal Senna. And yes, the Senna GTR is a track-only car. The Senna GTR made its debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Finally, the Senna GTR is said to be the quickest McLaren lap time outside of Formula 1.

Expectations High for the Senna GTR

The Fastest Selling McLaren Ever! NEW McLaren Senna GTR – Mr JWW – YouTube

Overall, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is quite a beastly vehicle. Built for the track, this car will be the best McLaren performing vehicle to date. And, truth be told, it is just the beginning. McLaren will be continually working to battle competitors in the supercar realm. First, there was the F1 GTR, then the P1 GTR. Now, it will be the Senna GTR. From there, who knows what is next… well, maybe the CEO and design team at McLaren. Otherwise, nobody knows. In conclusion, the Senna GTR is an amazing car that will stun people for years to come.

McLaren Senna GTR Concept - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Note: The pictures of the McLaren Senna GTR Concept are the property of the McLaren manufacturer.

Lamborghini Hybrid Supercar Rumors Spread Worldwide

Lamborghini Hybrid Supercar Rumors Spread Worldwide

Lamborghini to Join Hypercar Realm?

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept - Front Corner - Lamborghini - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept – Front Corner – Lamborghini – EuroDrift

Worldwide, rumors of a Lamborghini hybrid supercar are spreading. Currently known as the “LB48H”, the concept was recently shown in summer 2018 at a private event in Italy. Beyond this, there is not much info about the vehicle. The biggest tip so far is a resemblance to the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept. This Terzo Millennio was basically a fighter jet on wheels. So, the LB48H should be quite a spectacular vehicle. Although no information is 100% confirmed, a decent number of tips have hit the auto news network.

Expectations for Production & Delivery

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept - Side - Lamborghini - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept – Side – Lamborghini – EuroDrift

Overall, the Lamborghini hybrid supercar, aka the LB48H, will be arriving before anyone realizes it. As time moves forward, the currently believed production date is quickly approaching. Expectations seem to be that Lamborghini will begin production by the end of 2018. From there, the goal will be to deliver the vehicles by end of 2019 or early 2020. This means it will probably be a 2020 model year. Furthermore, there will be only around 63 units made for market. With this limitation, the car will be quite a collector’s piece. And, at around $2.5 million USD, most people will not be able to afford it, let alone place a down payment the equivalent of a home.

Will Lamborghini Shock the World?

Designing the future: Lamborghini Terzo Millennio – Lamborghini – YouTube

When the Lamborghini hybrid supercar hits markets, it will be a determining factor for the company. With many brands jumping into the hypercar realm, competition is increasing more than ever. So, by joining the market, it will only up the requirements to compete. But, the question is, will Lamborghini be able to beat out Koenigsegg, McLaren, and the other manufacturers? Well… nobody truly knows. But, within the next 2 years, Lamborghini will receive appraise or disapproval from the world. Until then, let’s enjoy the current hypercars already at play.

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept - Rear - Lamborghini - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept – Rear – Lamborghini – EuroDrift

Note: All of the pictures and video for this article are of the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept. These ARE NOT pictures or video relating to the “LB48H”.

How Do Electronic Parking Brakes Work?

How Do Electronic Parking Brakes Work?

Basics of the Braking System

To understand how manual and electronic parking brakes work, let’s consider the brakes on a bicycle. When a manual brake is engaged, it pulls on cables that run to the rear brakes. The tension on these cables causes the brake pads to squeeze and stop the wheel.

You can easily see this by squeezing the handbrake on your bike.

On cars, manual parking brakes do the same thing as the brakes on a bicycle. The braking cables on the car run to the brake pads, or shoes, which squeeze against discs or drums. The wheel is then held firm.

The manual brake lever is held in place, keeping the tension on the cables until released.

Electronic parking brakes work the same way except an electronic system replaces the mechanical system. When you want to engage the parking brake, you press a switch. The switch sends an electrical signal to motors on each brake caliper. Those motors then squeeze the pads into the disc.

The electronic parking brake stays engaged until another signal tells the motors to release the pressure. In modern cars, this happens automatically when you start the car and drive off.

Which Cars Have Electronic Parking Brakes?

Mercedes-Benz W221 Start Button - Interior of Vehicle - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift
Mercedes-Benz W221 Start Button – Interior of Vehicle – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

One of the first manufacturers to use electronic parking brakes was BMW. The BMW 7-Series and other models have moved to the more modern technology. Other European models have also made the switch from manual. Jaguar, Renault, Volkswagen, and Audi are just a few examples.

The Bad with the Good

What Happens If You Pull An Electronic Parking Brake While Driving? – Cleetus McFarland – YouTube

Electronic parking brakes do have their drawbacks. Without a diagnostic laptop, you cannot remove and change the pads. This means DIY home mechanics are probably out of luck. Instead of a quick trip to the local auto store, the cars with electronic parking brakes will need to visit a professional for replacement.

I’m also reminded of a time when my brakes failed, and I was able to navigate safely using my manual parking brake. Electronic brakes won’t allow for partial braking. It’s all or nothing. So there is that. (Note: It is best to avoid using the parking brake for full stopping, just for reference.)

Yet, as cars rely more and more on computers and electronics, it looks like the electronic parking brake is what we can expect on future models.

El Chapo: An AMG & Ducati Enthusiast

El Chapo: An AMG & Ducati Enthusiast

A Car Collection for the Dreamers

El Chapo - Picture in US Custody - Wikipedia Commons - EuroDrift

El Chapo – Picture in US Custody – Wikipedia Commons – EuroDrift

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the Mexican drug lord behind the Sinaloa Cartel, has quite a car collection. Looking beyond the current criminal investigation, El Chapo has great taste in European cars. But, truth be told, he has been a top drug kingpin since 2003. According to the US Department of Treasury, El Chapo is the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world.” With an estimated net worth of around $4 billion USD, any car could be his with a click of his fingers, kind of like Thanos… well maybe not exactly. Currently, El Chapo is imprisoned and awaiting trial in the US. Moving El Chapo to the US was important due to his history of escaping jail time. This happened in July of 2001 and July of 2015. So, obviously no chances were taken on this arrest.

Top-Notch Mercedes-Benz Collection

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Front Corner - Alexandre Prevot - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Front Corner – Alexandre Prevot – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

El Chapo’s collection of vehicles includes quite an array of amazing Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Starting off with the shining gems, El Chap0 has a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren as well as a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Phew! These two cars individually are enough to pull in dreamers, without the mention of the other. Furthermore, these cars sit alongside a Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. Driving just one of the vehicles listed above is a dream of many. With the cheapest car being a CLA45 AMG at a MSRP of $51k, these vehicles aren’t cheap. At the top end, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren ran around half a million USD. That’s more value than most homes in the US on average.

Two Ducati Motorcycles

Ducati Monster 696 - Side - User Sinank56 - Wikipedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ducati Monster 696 – Side – User Sinank56 – Wikipedia Commons – EuroDrift

Next, El Chapo had quite a nice mini collection of Ducati motorcycles. First, there is the Ducati Monster. Secondly, there is a Ducati Hypermotard 1100. Both bikes offer great escape options in the event of a run. Or, they are also perfect for a cruise around town. Regardless, no one can go wrong with a Ducati bike.

An Armored Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta - Front Corner - User Alexander-93 - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Volkswagen Jetta – Front Corner – User Alexander-93 – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Lastly, beyond the Corvette, GTR, and Viper, is an armored Volkswagen Jetta. Since this is a European website, the American cars will not be covered here. But, the armored VW Jetta will! So, why would El Chapo want an armored VW Jetta, a car that is already not that great? Well, it could be that it is inconspicuous. But, with that kind of net value, that Jetta may pack more under the hood than known. It would be no surprise if it wore a twin-turbo V8 with AWD, the perfect setup to escape. It may become a bit front heavy, but with some balancing and weight reductions, it could be an amazing getaway car.

The Verdict May Not Be Good… But the Cars Are!

Narcos | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix – YouTube

Overall, El Chapo is currently facing major jail time in the United States. This means there’s a very high chance that he will not escape again… but nobody truly knows. Although the verdict may not be good, the cars in his collection are amazing. Starting off with a collection of Benz vehicles, that alone is a non-standard set. Imagine waking up everyday to see those AMGs in the garage with two Ducatis and an armored VW Jetta. Furthermore, he had quite a collection of American cars as well including a few armored Jeeps. In the end, his car collection will arise the dreamers.

Note #1: The featured image for the article is by User M 93 on Wikipedia. All other attributions are within the image captions.

Note #2: The above YouTube video is for a Netflix TV show titled Narcos, which is supposedly based on reality. So, it is not the real El Chapo, not the 100% real story.

Audi RS5 Tests Mario Kart Banana Theory

Audi RS5 Tests Mario Kart Banana Theory

Fond Memories of Mario Kart Bananas

Worldwide, most gamers have knowledge about the infamous banana peel in Mario Kart. Although the banana attack could be quite devastating to others in the game, nobody tested it in the real world… at least until now. In August of 2018, the YouTube channel TheHoonigans went ahead and put the theory to the test. Instead of using a go-cart, the team uses a beautiful Audi RS5 coupe. To make it even more unique, the car has the well debated Sonoma Green Audi paintjob. The real question is… will the banana cause the RS5 to crash? Well, time to find out!

The Sonoma Green B9 Audi RS5

B9 Audi RS5 - Front Corner - Alexandre Prevot - Flickr - EuroDrift

B9 Audi RS5 – Front Corner – Alexandre Prevot – Flickr – EuroDrift

First, let’s take a moment to discuss the stunning Sonoma green B9 Audi RS5. With a MSRP of $70,875, this car sports a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. This engine produces 444 horsepower and 4443 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this motor works in combo with an 8-speed auto transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the RS5 takes only 3.9 seconds. Furthermore, the RS5 can complete a quarter mile in only 12.4 seconds. Lastly, the top speed is 155 mph to 174 mph depending on the governor settings. But, if an aftermarket tune is purchased, that number will be left behind.

The Origins of the Banana Theory

Nintendo 64 Longplay [002] Mario Kart 64 – World of Longplays – YouTube

In the year of 1992, Nintendo began the now worldwide famous Mario Kart series. The first game, Super Mario Kart, was available on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Not surprisingly, this game is the 4th best-selling SNES video game in the world with almost 9 million units sold. With the Mario Kart game, came the ability to “attack” opponents to slow them down. And no, this doesn’t mean shooting each other with rifles like Call of Duty. This means using attacks such as banana peels and turtle shells. The banana peel was an attack that is left behind by a person up front, or behind, for someone to hit during the current or future lap. Leaving behind a banana even left the opportunity for the peel dropper to run into it themselves. Lastly, just for note, the video above is gameplay from Mario Kart 64, the second video game in the overall series.

And The Results Are In!

Will Banana Peels Make a Car Spin Out?? Mario Kart IRL! – TheHoonigans – YouTube

Well, the results are here! With a ton of banana peels on the track, the Audi RS5 slid slightly more through the turn. But, the slide is nowhere near the level of Mario Kart. This theory could really be tested by simply using a RWD car, such as a BMW M4. With Quattro, the RS5 is basically cheating as it is specifically programmed to maneuver power between wheels to regain control as quickly as possible. Even with stability and traction off, the RS5’s AWD setup would simply benefit the car so. So, next time this is done, whoever it may be, please ensure a RWD car does the job. Although the RS5 is an amazing car, it doesn’t optimize the chances of confirming the Mario Kart banana theory.

Credit for Featured Image: BagoGames (Flickr)

 

2018 Range Rover Sport: Dragon Challenge

2018 Range Rover Sport: Dragon Challenge

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

2018 Range Rover Sport - Dragon Challenge - Tianmen Mountain Road - Land Rover Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – Tianmen Mountain Road – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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

2018 Range Rover Sport - Dragon Challenge - 45-Degree Angle Staircase - Side Perspective - Land Rover Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – 45-Degree Angle Staircase – Side Perspective – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

”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.

2018 Range Rover Sport - Dragon Challenge - 45-Degree Angle Staircase - Land Rover Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – 45-Degree Angle Staircase – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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