The folks at Land Rover have shared with us their latest achievement – getting a Range Rover Sport to climb the 999 steps, with up to 45-degree inclination, it takes to reach the Dragon’s Gate on one of China’s most famous landmarks.
And it was not all straight climbing – the trail to the stairs, called the Tianmen mountain road, takes 99 turns in its 11.3 kilometres. Once the Range Rover Sport hit the stairs, driver Ho-Pin Tung dialled in Terrain Response to climb the 999 stairs. (We know of no stairs setting on the car’s Terrain response system!)
Ho-Pin Tung said: “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. The Range Rover Sport performed brilliantly as it inspired real confidence on the mountain road and climbed the stairs up to Heaven’s Gate effortlessly.”
The performance SUV showed its uncompromised all-terrain credentials by climbing the steep staircase to the natural rock arch.
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. By making it to the summit, we’ve proven the phenomenal capability of the Range Rover Sport like never before – with a genuine world first.”
The Dragon Challenge is the latest in a series of adventures completed by the Range Rover Sport.