Land Rover has just released a film depicting polar explorer Ben Saunders driving the most powerful Land Rover ever produced, the Range Rover Sport SVR, on a full-scale snow-carved replica of England’s Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
Finnish former rally champion Minna Sillankorva accompanied Saunders on this epic undertaking, and the help was surely welcomed as the slippery three and a half mile track was a challenging surface for the 542 horsepower V8-powered SVR, which is capable of accelerating from 0-60 in a mere 4.5 seconds.
Saunders is an ambassador to Land Rover and a leader of expeditions to both the North and South Poles, Saunders stated: “Obviously, I had an amazing day. It was my first time driving on ice and the most fun I’ve had on four-wheels. The performance of the Range Rover Sport SVR is simply breathtaking and its poise in the corners was astounding given the slippery conditions.”
The icy conditions were a bit easier to tackle thanks to the off-road technology of the Terrain Response2 system, which automatically tailors a range of vehicle settings to suit the conditions, plus permanent four-wheel drive.
Mike Cross, chief engineer for vehicle integrity, said: “We pride ourselves on the all-terrain capability and composure of our vehicles, putting them through intensive hot and cold climate testing. The Range Rover Sport SVR is the most dynamic model we’ve ever produced and combining these qualities showcases the unique talents and expertise of our dedicated engineers.”
The organizers of the 2016 Invictus Games have recently announced that Jaguar Land Rover will be the presenting partner for the 2016 Invictus Games that will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida from May 8th-12th, and will host 500 military athletes from across 15 nations.
In addition to providing financial backing for the games, Jaguar Land Rover is also committed to helping former military service members transition into civilian careers, as well as providing work placement rehabilitation programs for injured service members. JLR was the presenting partner for the 2014 Games in London, and with their pledge to once again support the Invictus Games, they have demonstrated a commitment to service members and veterans from all of the participating nations.
“Jaguar Land Rover is immensely proud to be the Presenting Partner of the 2016 Invictus Games here in the United States,” said Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, North America. “We strongly believe that there is a close alignment between our company’s values and the passionate, unstoppable, determination of armed forces veterans. Our goal, in partnership with the Invictus Organization, is to continue to inspire and encourage injured and wounded military personnel.”
The Invictus Games Orlando will bring together more than 500 competitors to compete in 10 sports: archery, cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis. The 2014 Games saw crowds of 65,000 cheer on over 400 competitors, as millions more tuned in to witness their achievements on television. With the Orlando Games in 2016, the Invictus spirit will continue to spread internationally.
Well it looks like Land Rover has finally unveiled the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible with the Range Rover Evoque!
This ground breaking achievement will certainly boost the Evoque’s portfolio, and with the combination of its bold design and unsurpassed refinement, Land Rover promises to make this beauty the most capable all-season convertible ever produced.
The sophisticated fabric roof has a Z-fold mechanism that lays flush with the rear bodywork for a sleek, uncluttered appearance when lowered. The roof is the longest and widest currently fitted to any vehicle on sale today.
The fully-automated roof stows away in 18 seconds, and can be raised in 21 seconds, at speeds up to 30mph. When closed it provides high standards of refinement with a layer of acoustic insulation ensuring interior comfort on a par with five-door Evoque. In addition, the position of the roof doesn’t affect loadspace, with a generous 251-litre boot offering unrivalled practicality for a convertible.
As far as safety is concerned, the Evoque will be equipped with a Roll-Over Protection Device featuring deployable roll-over bars hidden in the rear bodywork. It deploys two aluminum bars within 90 milliseconds in the unlikely event of a roll-over situation to create a survival space for occupants.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, commented: “Range Rover Evoque Convertible is a vehicle for all seasons. Its uniquely distinctive design and world-class engineering adds another dimension to the Range Rover family, further enhancing its desirability and appeal.”
The all new Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be produced at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in the UK, alongside the five door and Coupé bodystyles, and goes on sale starting in the Spring of 2016 in more than 170 markets worldwide.