Range Rover builds SUVs, not sports cars. Sure, there’s the whole Jaguar connection, but when you’re talking strictly about Range Rovers it’s all SUVs all the time. You wouldn’t think a Range Rover would set a speed record, especially besting a Ferrari, but the Range Rover Sport SVR did exactly that recently in China.
This particular Range Rover took on a hill climb challenge up the Tianmen Mountain Road. It’s a rather impressive stretch of pavement that would prove the perfect backdrop for a car chase in which the bad guys go plummeting to their doom while the good guys race off into the sunset.
The scenery is stunning, but the road is downright frightening. Tianmen Mountain Road has 99 turns over the course of just 7 miles. These aren’t gentle swooping turns either. These are tight, hairpin turns with nothing standing between you and that aforementioned plummet other than a few guardrails and cement barriers.
Chinese race car driver Ho-Pin Tung is a 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, so it’s fair to say he’s used to driving under pressure. The Range Rover is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine with 575 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque and will do 0-60 mph in all of 4.3 seconds. Ho-Pin Tung took to this intimidating road in the impressive Range Rover Sport SVR and showed no fear.
He set a new record time of 9 minutes 51 seconds with a top speed during the climb of only 42.8 mph. That doesn’t sound very fast, but once you see the video, you’ll realize that it was stupidly fast given the challenging road. The old record was set by Fabio Barone in a Ferrari 458 Italia back in 2016 who managed to race to the top in 10 minutes 31 seconds.
This wasn’t a specially modified version of the Range Rover either. This was a stock vehicle, so, should you feel so inclined, you could buy one and do this, too. That’s assuming you too are a professional driver and can manage to have the road closed so you can have a little fun.