New Range Rover Sport has made its global premiere with a dramatic world-first
climb up a flooded dam spillway in Iceland.
epic ascent saw the New Range Rover Sport resist the surging torrent of water
flowing down the ramp of the Karahnjukar Dam – the biggest of its kind in the
world – at a rate of 750 tonnes per minute. A loss of traction risked plunging
down the perilous 90metre drop at the base of the spillway to the valley floor
third generation of Land Rover’s luxury performance SUV is the most desirable,
technologically advanced and capable yet, mixing an imposing road presence with
instinctive driving responses using the most advanced combination of chassis
technologies ever fitted to a Land Rover.
successful spillway ascent was screened for the first time at an exclusive
launch event at Jaguar Land Rover’s Advanced Product Creation Centre in Gaydon,
UK. Official James Bond stunt driver Jessica Hawkins was behind the wheel as
the New Range Rover Sport demonstrated its grip, traction, performance and
composure, completing the latest in a series of challenges for Land Rover’s
luxury performance SUV.
Previous feats include a record-setting
hill-climb at Pikes Peak, a first recorded crossing of the ‘Empty Quarter’
desert in the Arabian Peninsula and a first ascent of the 999 steps to Heaven’s
Gate in China, in 2018.
spillway climb was the final obstacle on the drive from the valley floor to the
summit of the dam, taking in a flooded river bed, long steep tunnels and the
40degree rocky dam wall itself. The 294metrestretch of spillway had water
furiously cascading down its 90 metre drop, to provide the ultimate test of
traction and driver confidence.
Hawkins, Stunt Driver, said: “The power of the water surging down the spillway
was breath-taking from the side of the valley. Driving into it knowing that a
90metre drop was waiting behind me at the bottom of the slope, if things went
wrong, made this the most challenging drive I’ve ever undertaken. Despite the
steep slope and rushing water, New Range Rover Sport made it look easy. Its
traction, composure and commanding visibility inspired so much confidence I was
able to enjoy the whole experience.”
Range Rover Sport is based on Land Rover’s advanced, flexible Modular
Longitudinal Architecture (MLA-Flex), which provides the perfect foundations
for its superior dynamics and peerless refinement.
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