Range Rover PHEV makes heavenly ascent

Range Rover PHEV makes heavenly ascent

Range Rover PHEV makes heavenly ascent

This involved climbing an insane 999 steps, with around 99 turns to get to the top, becoming the first production vehicle to do so.

Range Rover has set an unusual world record in China, driving one of its SUVs up a massive set to stairs to the iconic Heaven's Gate natural rock arch.

Land Rover needed a good driver for the challenge, so it chose Le Mans class-winner and Formula E Panasonic Jaguar Racing reserve and test driver Ho-Pin Tung.

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The challenge began at the bottom of the 11.3-km Tianmen Mountain Road (also known as the Dragon Road).

THE new plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sports has become the first auto to climb to Heaven's Gate in China. "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". Ho-Pin Tung drove a standard Range Rover Sport P400e hybrid powered by a 300-hp Ingenium gasoline engine and 116-hp electric motor, with the Terrain Response 2 system in Dynamic mode. But just because it's a plug-in hybrid doesn't mean it's not a true Land Rover with serious capabilities.

The Dragon Challenge is the latest in a series of adventures completed by the Range Rover Sport after the PHEV model made its debut in a race against two-time open-water swimming world champion Keri-anne Payne and endurance athlete Ross Edgley in Devon.

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Previous exploits include a record-setting hill-climb at Pikes Peak, a record crossing of the "Empty Quarter" desert in the Arabian Peninsula and a 2,170m descent of the legendary Inferno downhill course in Mürren, Switzerland.

Phil Jones, Land Rover Experience expert, said: 'This was the hardest Range Rover Sport challenge I've ever been involved with because, until we reached the top, we couldn't categorically say we would succeed.

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