Amidst all the fire-breathing, hunkered-down monsters associated with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb comes the new Range Rover Sport, which has set the record for a production SUV at 12 minutes 35.61 seconds.
Armed with 510 PS from a supercharged 5.0 litre petrol V8, the second-gen luxury high-rider averaged 95.23 km/h over the 20 km-long asphalt course, climbing from 2.86 to 4.3 km above sea level.
The Range Rover Sport was driven on the record run by American stunt driver Paul Dallenbach, who will also drive the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe racer in the Time Attack 2WD Class. Dallenbach, 45, has won his division at Pikes Peak six times and won the event outright three times.
“There’s no margin for error at Pikes Peak – you only need to misjudge one of those 156 turns and you’re into the trees or over the edge of the mountain,” he said, adding that the Range Rover Sport is “fast, responsive and agile.”