We watch quite a few car videos here at the paultan.org office, before passing on some of the more interesting ones to you. It’s our job, and the side effect leaves us a little desensitized. But this video is amazing, jaw droppingly so. It makes Pikes Peak look like child’s play.

Here, the new Range Rover Sport PHEV, piloted by Panasonic Jaguar Racing Formula E driver Ho-Pin Tung, takes on the 99 turns of China’s Dragon Road, before storming up 999 steps to the Heaven’s Gate on Tianmen Mountain.

The 11.3 km Tianmen Mountain Road looks a white dragon with its many hairpins and cliff sides. It’s challenging by itself, and pretty scary, and then there’s the 45 degree stair climb to the natural rock arch of Heaven’s Gate, which looks like the Eye of Sauron.

Of course, the showroom standard Range Rover Sport P400e completes the Dragon Challenge to be the first vehicle ever to climb one of China’s most famous landmarks, but you really got to see how it’s done.

“I’ve experienced Formula E, Formula 1 and won at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but this was without doubt one of the most demanding driving challenges I’ve ever faced. The Range Rover Sport PHEV performed brilliantly as it inspired real confidence on the mountain road and climbed the stairs up to Heaven’s Gate effortlessly,” Tung said.

“This was the hardest Range Rover Sport challenge I’ve ever been involved with because, until we reached the top, we couldn’t categorically say we would succeed. By making it to the summit, we’ve proven the phenomenal capability of the Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid like never before – with a genuine world first,” said Land Rover Experience expert Phil Jones (not related to the bumbling Man United defender).

The Dragon Challenge is the latest in a series of adventures completed by the Range Rover Sport after the PHEV model made its debut in a race against two-time open-water swimming world champion Keri-anne Payne and endurance athlete Ross Edgley in Devon, UK.

Previous exploits include a record-setting hill-climb at Pikes Peak, a record crossing of the ‘Empty Quarter’ desert in the Arabian Peninsula and a 2,170-metre descent of the legendary Inferno downhill course in Mürren, Switzerland. This takes the cake, though.

Unveiled in October 2017 as part of the Range Rover Sport facelift range, the P400e plug-in hybrid combines a 300 PS/400 Nm 2.0 litre turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine and an 85 kW (116 PS) electric motor integrated into the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, resulting in a total system output of 404 PS and 640 Nm of torque.

All that twist propels the big SUV from zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 220 km/h. A 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery under the boot floor provides an all-electric range of up to 50 km, and the vehicle is capable of driving in EV-only mode as speeds of up to 137 km/h.

As with most PHEVs, the P400e can be driven either in Parallel Hybrid or EV mode, with the former featuring an energy-reserving Save function, as well as Predictive Energy Optimisation that uses the navigation system to optimise battery energy usage. Plug it up through a port hidden in the front grille and it will be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes via a domestic socket, or 2 hours 45 minutes using a 32 A charge point.

It makes short work of stairs, too.