I used the Range Rover to tow my race car and trailer to the track over the weekend. The supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine did really well considering the extra 4500 pounds attached to the rear end. I was really impressed with the automatic adjustable suspension; after loading my car onto the trailer, the rear end of the Range Rover was compressed quite a bit, but after starting the Range Rover and letting it sit for a minute, it automatically lifted the rear end back to a level ride height.
The interior is beautiful, especially the soft leather seats, stitched dash, and black lacquer trim finish. However, I felt a little awkward having a $101,575 paddock support vehicle, when normal tow vehicles consist of Ford F-150s and Dodge Rams. But to my surprise, I found a lot of other racers liked the Range Rover.
My only criticism of the Range Rover as a tow vehicle is this: the car comes standard with a class III trailer hitch receiver, but the wiring harness is a dealer-installed option. What's up with that?
- Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator