Range Rover Sport SVR challenges a Ferrari 458 Italia on Tianmen Road – 99 turns, 11.3 km uphill climb

Land Rover is back with another video for your viewing enjoyment, and this time, it’s all about speed. While the climb up to Heaven’s Gate was heart-stopping, the new stunt is meant to get it racing again.

Le Mans-winning driver Ho-Pin Tung is present yet again, but he has now swapped out the Range Rover Sport PHEV for a Range Rover Sport SVR. With a 5.0 litre supercharged V8, the Chinese national will have 575 PS and 700 Nm of torque at his disposal as he takes on dangerous Tongtian Highway, otherwise known as the Tianmen Road.

With 99 turns scattered across 11.3 km of the uphill course, it certainly won’t be an easy drive, more so because Tung will be racing against the clock. The goal? To beat the time set by Fabio Barone in a Ferrari 458 Italia back in 2016 – 10 minutes 31 seconds.

A big SUV taking on a focused sports car sounds like a one-sided affair, but Tung somehow managed to set an unofficial time of 9 minutes 51 seconds with an average speed of 68.8 km/h. It may sound slow, but keep in mind there are 99 turns for Tung to deal with, and a mistake could have him hurtling towards an early demise.

“I am used to the high speeds of racing but these 99 turns were something unique. Maintaining concentration was the biggest challenge as the road twists and turns constantly, with huge drop-offs to the side,” said Tung. After witnessing this feat, would you pick a Range Rover Sport SVR over an Italian sports car?

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  • anonymous on Mar 13, 2018 at 1:08 pm


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  • sabahan on Mar 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    to attract those rich china people….. who will drive that road using this range rover?

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  • Ben Yap on Mar 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    my S-Works mountain bike can beat a ferrari in off-road trail.

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  • musangKing-originalz on Mar 13, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    engine sound was terrible….skip.

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  • Oon Cool R Jizz on Mar 13, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Why LR heavily promotes itself at PRC instead of promoting at Hindustan?

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    • More rich people in prc, and they are super cool in Hindustan, less promotion required to close sales

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  • He isnt a legit pro driver, apex cutting / racing line all out. Tgtr group might have lead him far far away.

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    • @LC -Not a legit pro driver? You mean you don’t know Ho Pin Tung? Please Google.
      It’s a good strategy for LR to use a top local racing driver to promote this Range Rover to the rich Chinese market as an alternative to sports car.

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    • stastasta on Mar 15, 2018 at 10:12 am

      ho pin tung is with jackie chan racing team, competed in indycar and GP2. maybe you are used to driving proton wiralution thats why your racing line is different from his.

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