Land Rover has been taking its Range Rover Sport on adventure mission to different parts of the world, including a record-setting hill-climb at Pikes Peak, USA, a record crossing of the ‘Empty Quarter’ desert in the Arabian Peninsula and a 2,170-metre descent of the Inferno downhill course in Mürren, Switzerland. Now the iconic utility vehicle has completed another challenging drive, this time up one of China’s famous landmarks.
The winding mountain road that leads to the natural rock arch of Heaven’s Gate has 99 turns along its 11.3km length. The challenge began at the bottom of this road, known as Tianmen Mountain Road or Dragon Road, with the showroom-spec Range Rover Sport driven by Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung.
The Formula E driver negotiated the 99 turns to reach the summit of the road, from where the second stage of the challenge started, which involved climbing a steep, 45-degree staircase of 999 steps leading to the Heaven’s Gate. Click on the video link above to see Ho-Pin Tung pulling off this breathtaking feat.
“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,” says Ho-Pin Tung. “The Range Rover Sport performed brilliantly as it inspired real confidence on the mountain road and climbed the stairs up to Heaven’s Gate effortlessly,” he adds.