The new Land Rover Range Rover Sport was put to the test as it raced two-time open-water swimming world champion Keri-Anne Payne and endurance athlete Ross Edgley. This trial tested the Range Rover Sport’s all-terrain ability and new gas-electric performance.
Keri-Anne Payne and Ross Edgley took off swimming 0.9 miles across ocean water from Bantham Beach to Burgh Island in South Devon, United Kingdom. The goal was to swim faster than the Range Rover Sport was able to drive 8.7 miles off-road to the same island.
The Range Rover Sport made a record-setting climb up Pikes Peak, a record crossing of the ‘Empty Quarter’ desert, and finally down the Downhill Alpine Ski Challenge course from last year. Once the Range Rover Sport made it to the bottom the tide had come up and covered its path to Burgh Island so it had to use its Electric Vehicle mode and drive through almost 3 ft of water to reach its destination.
In the end, the Range Rover Sport won the challenge, beating Keri-Anne Payne and Ross Edgley.
The new Range Rover Sport has an option to feature an advanced plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain engine. This P400e engine has an Electric Vehicle range of 31 miles with 101mpg and very low emissions. The new Range Rover Sport is the first Land Rover model to offer the new advanced plug-in hybrid electric vehicles technology.
“Only a Land Rover could blend electrified sustainable performance with the absolute capability required to take on two open water swimmers,” Nick Collins, Jaguar Land Rover Vehicle Line Director, said. “The introduction of the latest PHEV technology broadens the appeal of the Range Rover Sport. Whisper quiet in EV mode, it brings a new level of serenity to the driving experience and the transition to combined power is seamless, delivering an addictive performance boost at the top end.”
The new Range Rover Sport will go on sale at the end of this year. For more information contact us at Land Rover Frisco! We look forward to answering any questions you have!