Range Rover Sport Takes on New Challenge

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!

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The Ultimate Driving Kitchen

Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations and TV Personality and Chef Jamie Oliver have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind kitchen on wheels! The Land Rover Discovery was chosen as the base for this incredible project. Its 82.7 cubic feet of luggage space and storage made it the perfect candidate.

The Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations team was able to implement idea after idea of Oliver’s. In the end, the special Land Rover Discovery has a toaster in the center console, wheels that churn butter while the vehicle is in motion, a rotisserie powered by the power take off, a slow-cooker beside the engine, a gas burner, a pasta maker, and a foldable table and workspace. Oliver even planned for a spice rack and herb garden.

“As a team, we never imagined we would be asked to produce wheels that churn butter so it has been great fun working alongside Jamie to bring his vision to life,” David Fairbairn, Special Vehicle Operations Head of Bespoke, said. “He really wanted to push the boundaries of what was possible with this versatile vehicle and the team fully embraced the challenge. The Discovery helps our customers make every day an adventure, and this special vehicle will give Jamie and his family the change to cook amazing meals during a road trip.”

Other features of the custom Land Rover Discovery include an aluminum sink, a flat screen TV, a spice drawer, a custom Land Rover barbecue, olive oil and vinegar dispenser, salt and pepper grinder, ice cream maker, jam store, a rotisserie and pasta cutter, and a custom mortar and pestle.

Oliver will be sharing about the building and design process on his Food Tube channel in a three-part-series. The first episode is available now.

The Land Rover Discovery is so versatile it is perfect for every family! Are you interested in learning more about the Land Rover Discovery? Contact us at Land Rover Frisco! We look forward to assisting you soon!

Jaguar Land Rover Works to Promote Women in STEM

Land Rover Frisco is proud of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to diversity in the workplace. Through Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering apprenticeship program, Jaguar Land Rover is proud to announce the number of female apprentice engineers has grown from 30 to 75 in the last year. That is approximately one third of the new apprentices.

500 graduates and apprentices of Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering apprenticeship program came together at an induction event in early September. The program lasted a week and included plant tours, motivational speakers, and a chance to get questions answered by Jaguar and Land Rover designers.

“We are delighted to see so many young women are taking up engineering and we hope this positive trend continues.,” Ian Harnett, Jaguar Land Rover Director of Human Resources, said. “This is an exciting time to join Jaguar Land Rover as the changing landscape of mobility and technology opens new avenues and opportunities for the business. Mobility is about more than just movement and our new recruits have a unique opportunity to help shape the future lifestyles of our customers. As a technology company we are keen to attract the brightest talents and we are sure all of our new recruits will support our future plans to create autonomous, connected, electrified and shared vehicles.”

The new apprentices will learn at the Jaguar Land Rover Academy. The Jaguar Land Rover Academy not only instructs and trains newcomers, it also encourages learning for employees. Anyone wanting to learn a new skill or want to move to the next level in their department can gain training.

As part of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to diversity in the workplace ‘Young Women in the Know’ was set-up. This program encourages women to take part in the STEM community. Many women who have been a part of ‘Young Women in the Know’ have become a part of the Jaguar Land Rover family in a variety of capacities.

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Discovery Shows Off Towing Capability

To announce the arrival of the 2018 Land Rover Discovery HSE Td6, Land Rover took the new Discovery to the Australian Outback and had it attempt to tow an impressive amount.

First, the Land Rover Discovery HSE Td6 towed a seven-trailer semi-truck almost 10 miles. Finally, the Land Rover Discovery towed a 328-ft road train. The Land Rover Discovery HSE Td6 “has a maximum permissible towing capacity of 7,716 lbs on public roads. However, it was able to tow a 121 ton road train 9.9 miles. This was possible by the Discovery HSE Td6’s four-wheel-drive traction, 254hp 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, and 443-lb ft of torque.

Towing extreme capacities is a tradition of Land Rover’s when it comes to launching a new Discovery model. The original Discovery pulled a train in 1989, and last year the Discovery Sport premium compact SUV towed rail carriages above the Rhine river.

“Towing capability has always been an important part of Discovery DNA and the raw weight of the road train tells only half the story here,” Quentin Spottiswoode, Land Rover Product Engineer, said. “Pulling a rig and seven trailers, with the rolling resistance of so many axles to overcome, is a huge achievement. We expected the vehicle to do well, but it passed this test with flying colors, hitting 27 mph along its 10-miles route.”

Discovery HSE Td6 buyers will be able to opt for the Advanced Tow Assist technology. This technology helps with reversing “by providing responsive trajectory lines on the rear camera feed to the central touchscreen.” Other towing capabilities include Rear Height Assist, Hitch Assist, and Trailer Stability Assist.

Land Rover Frisco is so excited about the launch of the new Discovery HSE Td6. Are you interested in learning more about it? Contact us today! We cannot wait to share our love of Land Rover with you!

Celebrating Invictus Games Athletes

Land Rover Frisco is excited and proud to announce Jaguar Land Rover North America’’s continued support and partnership of the U.S. Armed Forces Team in the Invictus Games. This year’s Invictus Games start this weekend, September 23, in Toronto Canada, and run until September 30. In addition, Jaguar Land Rover will be the presenting partner for the Invictus Games Toronto 2017.

The Invictus Games are an “international adaptive sporting event for wounded, ill, and injured veterans and active-duty service members.” The U.S. has over 80 athletes on their team this year, and are being led by Sgt. Ivan Sears and Capt. Christy Wise.

Before the U.S. team took off for the games, Jaguar Land Rover wanted to celebrate them send them off with extra support, recognition, and honor. So, Jaguar Land Rover hosted a send-off event in Long Island, New York. In addition to a celebrate, the send-off was comprised of practices and scrimmages for some last minute preparation.

“The Invictus Games gives us all the chance to challenge ourselves and build a better version of ourselves.” USMC, Sgt. Ivan Sears, U.S. Armed Forces Team Co-Captain for Invictus Game Toronto 2017, said. “I speak on behalf of the entire team when I saw that we are all so excited to represent the U.S. Armed Forces Team in Toronto.”

Sports for the Invictus Games include powerlifting, archery, sitting volleyball, golf, wheelchair basketball, the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, and more.

“The Invictus Games is an amazing event as it bring together wounded warriors from all around the world to compete, share stories and encourage each other,” USAF, Capt. Christy Wise, U.S. Armed Forces Team Co-Captain for Invictus Game Toronto 2017, said. “We want to thank Jaguar Land Rover for all of their support before and during the games.”

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