Range Rover Sport sets new Pikes Peak record
2013 Range Rover Sport at the Pikes Peak
The 2014 Range Rover Sport set a new record for the fastest production SUV on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb course, the company said on Thursday. It finished the 19.98 km Colorado course in 12:35.61. The SUV sustained an average speed of 95.23 kmph on the course.
The Pikes Peak course goes through 156 corners as it ascends beyond the treeline from 9,390 feet above sea level to 14,110 feet. At that altitude the air contains only 58% of the oxygen it does at sea level, diminishing engine performance and blunting human physical and mental performance.
The vehicle was driven by American race and stunt driver Paul Dallenbach, a Pikes Peak expert, with the only modifications to the car being a roll cage and harness belts. The record was individually timed and approved by PPIHC (Pikes Peak International Hill Climb). Dallenbach had won his division at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb six times, along with winning the event outright three times.
The record-setting Range Rover Sport was the top-of-the-line variant armed with a 510PS 5.0-liter V8 engine.
2013 Range Rover Sport at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb
"There's no margin for error at Pikes Pike you only need to misjudge one of those 156 turns and you're into the trees or over the edge of the mountain. To take on this place the way I did today, you need complete confidence in your vehicle, and the Range Rover Sport sure gave me that it's fast, responsive and agile. This is a hugely capable vehicle and I'm proud to have been part of demonstrating that by setting a new Pikes Peak record," Dallenbach said in a statement to Land Rover.
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