Do you dare to sit in it and drive in the mountain?
Range Rover Sport has recently launched a new product capable of climbing stairs to Heaven instead of passing through every steep hairpin turn and thousands of steps by walking.
The car has been shown in one of China’s most revered national landmarks, Tianmen Mountain in Hunan Province, to tackle the most challenging and twisting highways.
The car is with a British Engine P400e plug-in hybrid, a 4X4 electrical car with five seats. It's also the first SUV in the world that can ascend to the top of the "Heaven's Gate".
There are 99 treacherous hairpins in seven-mile Tianmen Mountain Road from the bottom and 999 steps at the finale to be finished. The final stairs are 45-degree steep.
A same kind of challenge has been finished with Panasonic Jaguar Formula-E using under 23 minutes and Ho-Pin Tung is the test driver of this Range Rover Sport PHEV petrol-electric SUV.
The diver was warned the fear was "crazy" and one Chinese official said, "If he crashes, he will die."
But he finally finished the challenge, saying "I'm still shaking. The adrenalin is something I’ve never experienced before. The mountain very generously gave us one shot to make it up here."
"I've experienced Formula E, Formula 1 and won at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but this was without doubt one of the most demanding driving challenges I’ve ever faced, he added. "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."
The cost of the vehicle is £70,800. It can run on zero-emission electric power for up to 31 miles and be fully charged from the mains in under three hours.
A spokesman for Land Rover said, "A dizzying 99 turns and 999 daunting steps didn’t stop the new Range Rover Sport PHEV from completing a world-first at one of China’s most famous landmarks."
"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," Land Rover Experience expert Phil Jones 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."
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