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!

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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.”

Want to learn more about Land Rover? Contact us at Land Rover Frisco! We look forward to connecting with you!

Finding Home in Montana

Photographer, Alex Strohl, has adventure in his blood. His father, a Frenchman, was a forest engineer who worked throughout Southern Europe and North Africa. However, when Alex’s father decided to move somewhere more wild in the 1960’s he landed on Missoula, Montana.

So when Alex and his partner, Andrea Dabene, decided to make some roots and establish ‘home’, Montana was an easy decision. Alex loved its snow-capped peaks and untouched wilderness. Andrea loved Montana’s long, peaceful winters and beauty.

“Home is underrated,” Andrea said. “When you come back from your travels to reflect on where you’ve been, that’s when you really find yourself.”

“At home you’re lazy, then you’re hard on yourself,” Alex added. “You find a routine, and then you break it. It’s very revealing of who you are.”

Alex and Andrea are Land Rover enthusiasts and their Land Rover Discovery Sport is the perfect vehicle for their lifestyle and needs. At one point, they drove in a snowstorm 4 hours overnight to get to a backcountry ski resort. The Discovery Sport performed perfectly and they safely arrived at their destination, no worries.

The Montana nights are perfect for Alex. He enjoys using the night sky in his photography. “I feel very vulnerable, like a real outsider when I’m alone at night,” Alex said. “I look for clear moonless nights so we can photograph the Milky Way, or I like to find a body of water in the foreground so the stars reflect on the surface.”

Once the winter is over, Alex and Andrea will be heading to France to climb the Pyrenees, bike the Alps, and surf in the Basque Country. In Europe, they have a Land Rover Defender 110 to get around. Their Discovery Sport will wait for them until summer when they return home to Montana, ready to explore their ‘home’ once again. 

Land Rover Experience Kyalami

Located in the heart of Sandton, South Africa, Kyalami boasts steep slippery inclines, ruts, open ground and deep water, and articulation tracks for you to test! If you love to travel and enjoy new cultures and scenery, or you are an adrenaline junkie looking for your next adventure, sign up for Land Rover Experience Kyalmani!

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By participating in their training courses you will be trained by experts. Every one of Land Rover Experience Kyalami’s experts are highly experienced and trained to make sure you get the best out of your Land Rover. They offer courses ranging from First Aid and Skid Control to Recovery Techniques, in addition to their thrilling driving courses.

Come by yourself, or bring your team! Land Rover Experience Kyalami offers team building events and convoy-based driving adventures. Their expert planning team can even customize your visit just for you. If you prefer to add in some Go-karting or paintball, they can do that too!

The Half Day Off-Road Introductory Course is great to introduce you to 4×4 driving. They start with a quick 45-minute theory lesson that will go over standard vehicle setup and how to handle your vehicle when you take a trip off-road.

After the theory lesson you will work with an instructor during a 3-hour practical drive. This drive includes hill ascents, hill descents, traversing a side slope, driving through ditches and rutted tracks, deep water wading, and discussion of all major road surfaces. All of this while enjoying the ambiance Kyalami is offering.

After the half day course, you are ready for the Full Day Course! This course lasts 7 hours and focuses on using the Land Rover’s different drivetrains and driving techniques.

South Africa boasts landscapes you cannot imagine anywhere else. You may need training so you can embark an amazing South African expedition, or just want to steady your off road driving. Land Rover Experience Kyalami wants to serve you.

Jaguar Land Rover and Ford Run “Talking” Car Trial

Self-driving cars a thing of the future? It could happen sooner than you think! Jaguar Land Rover and Ford are currently embarking on the first trials of this kind, and the United Kingdom wants to have self-driving vehicles by the end of 2020.

Jaguar Land Rover and Ford are testing cars that “talk” to one another. The hope is that by communicating with each other, cars will be able to eliminate accidents and cut down drive times by automatically putting you on the most efficient route.

Over the next four years, Jaguar Land Rover plans to manufacture more than 100 vehicles to be used as research to, hopefully, further the technology needed for self-driving vehicles.

Vehicles that speak to each other and connect with different types of technology will be able to adjust their speeds to miss fewer traffic lights, and will know if another vehicle suddenly hits its breaks.

They will be able to let other cars know their breaking status, steering-wheel position, speed, which lane they are in, and other data. In short, vehicles will be so in tune with every vehicle around them that you will not have to worry about accidents.

A lot of vehicles already have different kinds of technology that can detect their surroundings, but it is limited. It often cannot see past a few car lengths away. The technology being tested by Jaguar Land Rover and Ford is still imperfect and will need more time and energy focused on it to create vehicles that can safely transport their inhabitants.

However, this trial is just the start of a new era of vehicle we hope to see on the roads very soon. Self-driving cars may seem to be a little futuristic, but if something can be created to lower or eliminate the amount of vehicle accidents every year, it is probably worth our attention.

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