The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport has set the record for a production-standard sport utility vehicle as well as the record for any production-standard vehicle on the Pikes Peak course, where the annual contest known as 'The Race To the Clouds' will be held at the end of the month.
Coming from a standing start, the Range Rover Sport cruised through the 12.42-mile snake-like asphalt course, reaching the finish line in a record time of 12 minutes 35.61 seconds -- equivalent to an average speed of 59.17 mph (95.23 kph).
The record was independently timed and sanctioned by PPIHC (Pikes Peak International Hill Climb), organizers of the spectacular annual competition at the venue located in Colorado.
The Range Rover Sport made its way through 156 corners of the course, climbing from 9,390 feet (2,860 meters) above sea level to 14,110 feet (4,300 meters). At this height, the air surrounding the course contains only 58% of the oxygen compared to those at sea level. This low oxygen does not only negatively affect engine performance, but also dulls a driver’s physical and mental performance.
The record was established by a Range Rover Sport powered by a 510-hp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. The Range Rover Sport driven by competition and stunt driver Paul Dallenbach ran the course in mostly production specification, except for the roll cage and harness seatbelts that had to be installed to comply with racing safety requirements.