Germany’s Nürburgring is one of the universal automotive benchmarks used for performance development, and as well as the all-important lap times. Another less-cited benchmark is the Pike’s Peak Hillclimb in Colorado. With an elevation change of nearly 5000 ft and 156 turns over the course of more than 12 miles, the climb is a veritable automotive stress test. Land Rover felt confident enough in the performance capabilities of the 2014 Range Rover Sport to run it up the hill, and in the process, set a new production vehicle time record of 12 minutes and 35.16 seconds.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport was driven by Colorado native Paul Dallenbach, a veteran of Pike’s Peak. The Range Rover Sport was completely stock, except for the installation of a mandatory roll cage and five-point harness. The vehicle was powered by the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 producing 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. The Pike’s Peak event will be the first of many for the Range Rover Sport, which will go on a worldwide tour tackling a variety of challenges to prove its performance. The 2014 model is as much as 800 lb lighter than its predecessor, thanks to extensive use of aluminum in the body and chassis.
Source: Land Rover