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Posted by Joseph Clement on 13 March, 2018

Land Rover’s new performance SUV, the Range Rover Sport SVR, has beaten the record for negotiating the 99 corners of the famous Tianmen Road in China.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver, Ho-Pin Tung, set a new unofficial record of 9 minutes 51 seconds which is 40 seconds faster than the previous record (10 minutes 31 seconds) set by a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar in 2016.

The most impressive thing about this achievement is that the Range Rover Sport SVR is an SUV! This vehicle doesn’t have the enhanced aerodynamics of a supercar yet it was able to deliver a faster time. It is simply mind-boggling.

Range Rover Sport SVR
Photo credit: Land Rover UK

Under the hood, the Range Rover Sport SVR has a 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine that delivers 575PS (567 horsepower), 700Nm of torque and can accelerate from 0-60mph in only 4.3 seconds. Supposedly, the engineers at Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) have worked hard to improve the new SVR’s turn-in, mid-corner grip and body control by tweaking the damping hardware and controlling pitch under heavy acceleration and braking.

Range Rover Sport SVR
Photo credit: Land Rover UK

Here is what Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver, Ho-Pin Tung, had to say:

“I am used to the high speeds of racing but this was even more demanding. Maintaining concentration was the biggest challenge as the road twists and turns constantly, with huge drop-offs to the side. The consequences of getting it wrong would have been really serious so I focused on establishing a rhythm and the Range Rover Sport SVR made this easy – it may be an SUV but it has the performance and agility of a supercar and can take you to places a supercar can only dream of.”

You can watch a video of the record-breaking run below: